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Carl Rattner: Works in Wood

MAY 24 ­ JUNE 29, 2003


Forms that twist and turn ­ such as roots that must grow around rocks in
the search for water suggested to me a struggle for existence..the eternal life/death cycle.

                                                                                              Carl Rattner


Carl Rattner's sculptures do what you didn't know wood could do. His pieces are sensuous, imaginative forms that twist and turn. Some flow over one another and their pedestals like molten lava. Others combine with metal tubes or hammer heads to create humorous configurations.

Works in Wood features examples of both carving and construction in mahogany, walnut, vermillion, cherry, poplar, pine and African tulip.

Currently a professor of fine arts at St. Thomas Aquinas College in New City, New York, where he teaches three dimensional design and printmaking and lectures on aesthetics, Rattner earned degrees from Grinnell College, Cranbrook Academy of Art and New York University. Rattner worked in clay for many years before switching to wood in the early 90's. His work has been favorably reviewed and recognized by the New York Times, American Ceramics Magazine, Craft Horizons and others. He has exhibited widely in the New York area and has received major public and private commissions.

Rattner and his wife honeymooned on the Cape in the late '60's and have been coming up summers ever since. He considers the Cape, "a magical place," and often works in a sculpture shed behind their house in North Eastham.

In connection with this exhibition, Rattner will give a talk: REFLECTIONS ON THE CREATIVE PROCESS Friday, June 6, 2003 at 1 pm. (admission $7 non-members, $5 members). He feels the impulse to create is like the need to respond to a siren's call to

"things that engage us and things that repulse;
things that we see clearly but can never define;
things that we feel while fearing to touch;
things that we taste in our minds and hear in our chest"


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