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Tour Our Current Exhibition
On View: February 12 – July 24, 2021 // Guest Curator: Glenn Adamson
For over 30 years, furniture designer and maker Tom Loeser has been imagining new ways for the body, furniture, and space to interact. Known for his investigations into unconventional, welcoming furniture forms, Loeser asks, "If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, how might our lives be different, too?"
Loeser is intrigued by the balance between form and function. In the exhibition, we see Folding Chairs, an early series of colorful, post-Modern objects that perform double duty as chair and as wall art. We also view more recent experimentations in furniture, made by joining natural-edge slabs of wood with the handles of antique tools, and interactive stools that can be turned and tumbled. Finally, we see playful illustrations of chairs that examine the form from every angle. With these shape-shifting works, Loeser addresses the age-old question of whether furniture could be art. His answer is yes, but it can still be furniture too.
Welcome to the world of Tom Loeser. Please, please, please... enjoy the show!
About the Artist
Tom Loeser designs and builds one-of-a-kind functional and dysfunctional objects. Though he seeks new form and meaning through his work, the history of design and object-making is always his starting point. He holds a BA from Haverford College, a BFA from Boston University, and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Loeser was head of the wood/furniture area in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 1991 to 2020.
Loeser is the recipient of four Visual Artist Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and an NEA Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship. His work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions and his work is held in the collections of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY); Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX); and many others. He was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 2012.
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