Wendell Castle: Shifting Vocabularies
On view in Gallery L8 and the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.
Over a prolific sixty-year career, Wendell Castle (1932–2018), a native of Kansas, approached furniture design as a sculptor.
Producing work in a vocabulary entirely his own, Castle considered form and function on equal ground. He defied categorization by generating creations that lay just outside the boundaries of art and furniture.
Finished with a slick oil-like surface Castle’s expressive and organic forms, are made from stained stack-laminated wood. They call into question what we consider a chair and our expectations of furniture.
Wendell Castle: Shifting Vocabularies features Castle’s latest and last body of work.