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Flowering by Adam Thorpe

Exhibition  /  25 Mar 2015  -  26 Apr 2015
Published: 27.03.2015
Adam Thorpe. Installation: Flowering, Installation View, 2015. Carved basswood (Tilia Americana), chain-link fence. Adam Thorpe
Installation: Flowering, Installation View, 2015
Carved basswood (Tilia Americana), chain-link fence
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Capturing the transience of live, the installation depicts a mourning ritual in carved wood.

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Adam Thorpe
Adam Thorpe’s Flowering, a 25ft installation on the gallery’s atrium wall, draws inspiration from the roadside memorial, where flowers are placed on a chain-link fence. Working with basswood (Tilia americana), hand tools, chisels, and gouges, the artist has carved an intricate series of wilted blossoms and flowers in full bloom, each unique in its own ornate and commemorative nature. Against the backdrop of the everyday chain-link fence, these elaborate objects become meditative manifestations of very idea of memorial. Created using techniques beyond the confines of traditional woodcarving, the work also considers a meeting of the ornamental and sculptural, evoking a sense of intricacy and movement that is a commonly found in nature, as well as the artists hand.

Thorpe, an elected member of the UK’s Master Carver’s Association, started woodcarving at an early age in his father’s home workshop in England. He apprenticed with British Master Carver Ian Agrell, before studying drawing and modeling at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Since moving to the United States in 1992, he has worked on carving, restoration, and ornamental design for private residences and national museums, including the spectacular Salon Doré restoration project at the San Francisco Museum of the Legion of Honor. He presently lives in Oakland, California.
Adam Thorpe. Installation: Flowering, Installation View, 2015. Carved basswood, chain-link fence. Adam Thorpe
Installation: Flowering, Installation View, 2015
Carved basswood, chain-link fence
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Adam Thorpe. Object: Black Flowers, 2015. Carved and dyed basswood. 35.8 x 7.7 cm. Adam Thorpe
Object: Black Flowers, 2015
Carved and dyed basswood
35.8 x 7.7 cm
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Adam Thorpe. Object: Wilted Series 1, 2015. Carved basswood. 33.3 x 10.2 cm. Adam Thorpe
Object: Wilted Series 1, 2015
Carved basswood
33.3 x 10.2 cm
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Adam Thorpe. Installation: Wilted Series 2 (detail), 2015. Carved basswood, chain-link fence. sizes vary. Adam Thorpe
Installation: Wilted Series 2 (detail), 2015
Carved basswood, chain-link fence
sizes vary
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Adam Thorpe. Installation: Head 1 and Wilted Series 1 (detail), 2015. Carved basswood, chain-link fence. sizes vary. Adam Thorpe
Installation: Head 1 and Wilted Series 1 (detail), 2015
Carved basswood, chain-link fence
sizes vary
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Adam Thorpe. Object: Wilted Series (detail), 2015. Carved basswood. 33.3 x 10.2 cm. Adam Thorpe
Object: Wilted Series (detail), 2015
Carved basswood
33.3 x 10.2 cm
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Adam Thorpe. Installation: Daisy Chain (20 Pieces), 2015. Carved basswood. 30.7 x 9 cm each. Adam Thorpe
Installation: Daisy Chain (20 Pieces), 2015
Carved basswood
30.7 x 9 cm each
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Adam Thorpe. Object: Daisy Chain (detail), 2015. Carved basswood. 30.7 x 9 cm each. Adam Thorpe
Object: Daisy Chain (detail), 2015
Carved basswood
30.7 x 9 cm each
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Adam Thorpe. Object: Relief Head 3, 2015. Carved basswood. 14.7 x 12.8 x 7.7 cm. Adam Thorpe
Object: Relief Head 3, 2015
Carved basswood
14.7 x 12.8 x 7.7 cm
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Adam Thorpe. Object: Wilted Head 1, 2015. Carved basswood. 10.2 x 7.7 cm (without stand). Adam Thorpe
Object: Wilted Head 1, 2015
Carved basswood
10.2 x 7.7 cm (without stand)
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