September 16 - December 17
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is pleased to announce Framework, an exhibition that explores wood’s inherent versatility and enduring creative integrity. Framework highlights the work of seven artists: Charles Arnoldi, Angela Casagrande, Susan Feldman, Terry Holzgreen, Dan ‘Nuge’ Nguyen, Valerie Wilcox, and Douglas Tausik Ryder, each of whom bring their own unique artistic processes to the medium. The exhibition will be on view from September 16, 2023 through December 17, 2023.
Charles Arnoldi: Master of Ceremony is a survey of the artist’s wood works, which explore the medium’s ability to define positive and negative space, utilizing color and form. Angela Casagrande’s The Body is a House for Thoughts is a mixed-media work that reconstructs time and memory though photographs and found material. Susan Feldman’s MOC (My Own City) and Valerie Wilcox’s Constructs, focuses in on wood’s architectural associations, repurposing wooden elements and fragments to generate a new narrative. Dan ‘Nuge’ Nguyen and Terry Holzgreen deconstruct wood’s structural qualities and redefine its organic characteristics. Douglas Tausik Ryder’s Your Myth Here utilizes artificial intelligence and newer means of production to create wooden sculptures that examine the relationship between ancient myth and mass media. Each of the artists in Framework explores the unique relationship with this fascinating material, examining how this timeless medium continues to help us meet our most pressing societal challenges today.
The Body is a House for Thoughts
To Angela Kahoali’i Casagrande, the camera is her third eye. Her lens-based process creates a visual assemblage of reconstruction and remembrance. For Casagrande, photography is a tool that encapsulates a moment in time, forging it into a tactile record of memory. From this, she retells the stories of personal and familial narratives utilizing a variety of photographic methods and mixed media.
Master of Ceremony
Charles Arnoldi is a multi-disciplinary artist whose varied body of work includes traditional oil paintings on canvas, bronze sculpture, monoprints, lithographs, “chainsaw paintings,” aluminum paintings, and polyethylene wall reliefs. Nurtured in Los Angeles’ burgeoning art scene in the late 1960s, Charles Arnoldi started his art career in Downtown Los Angeles and would move to Venice Beach alongside experimental Light and Space artists like Peter Alexander and Billy Al Bengston.
Dan "Nuge" Nguyen
Dan ‘Nuge’ Nguyen’s artistic practice seeks to explore the relationship between structure and fluidity. Utilizing wood as his primary medium, Nuge creates works that defy the physical qualities of the material while still preserving its warmth and tactility. These vibrant sculptures are visually dense, combining color and organic forms into a single composition.
Douglas Tausik Ryder
Your Myth Here
Douglas Tausik Ryder has always had the desire to push the creative boundaries of sculptural art through technology. Inspired by innovation, the artist combines the conventional form of woodworking and contemporary technology, bringing a 21st century conversation to traditional wood working and sculptural practices.
MOC (My Own City)
Susan Feldman’s artistic practice centers around architecture and the idea of home, primarily working with found wood and other mixed media. Her art practice is often inspired by her meditation practices and contextualizes this process through the physical act of “rising up.”
Straying away from traditional notions of woodworking, cabinetmaker and self-taught artist Terry Holzgreen, creates both functional and sculptural wooden works. His works are a visual compilation of the uniqueness and variety of lumber. Wood fragments from different tree species are arranged into a multitude of shapes, turning into a collage of texture, form, and natural wood color.
Using a myriad of salvaged and repurposed materials, artist Valerie Wilcox creates compositions that explore the associations and contradictions between abstract shapes, mark-making, and painting. Wood, plaster, paint, textiles, cardboard, and other architectural media are sourced, then assembled into abstracted arrangements.