We are trying something new. Those of you who visit local eatery the Tartan Toque may be aware that we fill the space with our Woodpile artwork. Starting this week we will be removing the existing artwork to make way for new fresh work. The new part is that we've decided to hang the new work before it's complete, to let you see the process. We will be hanging the work in stages. We will hang all the pieces unfinished for you to see for a week or so. Then we will come in at closing time take it down, rush it back to our studio to work on them and then come in before opening hours to rehang them again. This process will repeat until they are complete. We hope you get a chance to pop in and check it out. Ambitious...yes...but we think it will be worthwhile for those who are interested to see how the pieces build.
Top image: Hand turning spindles on our lathe in the studio. Centre photo: Spindles painted and used in our funerary piece for Rifflandia last year. Bottom photo: close-up of panel from casket. Panel section can now be found in a table top at the Tartan Toque.
Since the spring of 2003, the Woodpile's collaborative artistic history has been consistent and prolific. The collective's
pieces can be found both in conventional gallery settings, and as unexpected public 'artdrops'.
Sifting influence from the traditional and contemporary arts, abstraction and decomposition, island environment and urban conflict, the Woodpile create works that are inconceivable yet strangely familiar.
The process of their collaboration is freeflowing and always open to one anothers re-interpretation. As they step up to the canvas they paint as one. Six hands and three minds processing one anothers marks and working in the moment, the painting unfolds like a conversation between friends. This process is rooted at the core of the Woodpile and all it's creative endeavors.
Founding members Shawn O'Keefe, Blythe Hailey, and Sean McLaughlin reside in Victoria B.C. Canada.
Woodpile ArtDrop Found in Joshua Tree.
Friends of the Woodpile, Tyson & Cloe ( Driven to Sustain ) placed a WP ArtDrop in Joshua Tree National Park California just before Christmas. To our surprise we received an email from a Finder. The letter is below.
Dear Shawn, Blythe & Sean, "Underlifted" found a home in the Northshore of Boston, Massachusets! We are a French family (from France) that spent a wonderful Christmas vacation hiking in the Joshua Tree National Park California. We found the artwork in the Cottonwoods Oasis when we were looking for Indian mortars! It was a wonderful surprise, wonderful discovery, wonderful idea! We are all artists in the family -musicians- and we really appreciate this kind of sharing. We and our two daughters will keep thia artwork as a wonderful American memory.
Have a very creative and hopeful year! Take Care, Best,
LC & Family.
The Wooded Trio
Shawn O - Blythe H - Sean M
Screenprinted Wood Panels
Now the Again
RPM: The Lost Art of LP Covers - Deluge Contemporary Art
Season. The Woodpile Collective 03-07
Copies are available for purchase - firstname.lastname@example.org 7"X9" 56pg $20