Andrew Potocnik Wood Art for sale. Andrew Potocnik gained an affinity with wood from a young age and it was always the medium he chose when exploring creatively. Andrew Potocnik was taught to think outside of the traditional wood making methods and ideas by his high school teacher, and from that time his art practice career has been an inspirational journey that has seen him creating unique objects from recycled wood and found natural materials.
Andrew Potocnik - Artist Biography
Andrew Potocnik Artist’s statement:
Ever since childhood, whenever I wanted, or needed, to make something, I found wood to be the first material I turned to. It wasn’t always the best choice, but it was a material I felt comfortable with, and one that I could convert into whatever I needed.
At high school, I met a teacher who encouraged creative use of wood, setting convention aside in order to encourage aspects that were radical at that time. He encouraged me to salvage and recycle wood, and even worse, he taught me to appreciate wood for its colour, smell, feel, grain and any other intrinsic quality it may have.
With an introduction like this, where else could I go, but continue to explore all those wonderful qualities every piece of wood conceals, just needing a sympathetic cut to expose it to those who see it as nothing more than a renewable resource, ready to be exploited, rather than appreciated!
Now, I gain enormous enjoyment from seeing how people from other cultures explore their wood, how they expose and celebrate its beauty, and how it’s integrated into their culture and general existence.
As an artist, I continually find inspiration to explore new directions in creating objects from wood.
As a teacher, I try to pass information on to my students, hoping that they too will be inspired to explore wood. Celebrating it as a living material that grows around us, as a material that can give voice to ideas conjured in our minds, as a material that says something about our culture and world.
2011 Inside & Outside The Box, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2009 Boxes and Their Makers, Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship, Maine, U.S.A
2009 Turning to the Future, Grovewood Gallery, NC, U.S.A.
2009 Masterworks, Swiper’s Gully, Victoria, Australia
2009 Coast To Coast, Bunbury, Australia
2008 DysFUNctional, Woodturning Center, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
2007 Pacific Connections, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007 Darebin-La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize finalist, Melbourne, Australia
2006 Connections: Contemporary Australian Wood Artists, Embassy of Australia, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
2005 Small Treasures, del Mano gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2004 allTURNatives –Form + Spirit, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
2003 Turned Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2003 Darebin-La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize finalist, Melbourne, Australia
2003 Living with Wood, Prahran, Victoria, Australia
2002 Colour and Form, Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia
2001 Darebin-La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize finalist, Melbourne, Australia
2000 Turned Wood: Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2000 Contemporary Australian Woodturning and Carving, Beaver Galleries, A.C.T., Australia
1999 Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles. U.S.A.
1998 Turned Wood: Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
-The Cutting Edge –Contemporary Wood Art and the Lipton Collection, Kevin Wallace, Fine Arts Press, 2011
-New Masters of the Wooden Box, Oscar P. Fitzgerald, Fox Chapel Publishing, 2009
-The Art of Turned Bowls, Richard Raffan, Taunton Press, Inc, 2008
-Woodturning Tips & Techniques, Carol Rix, Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, East Sussex, 2006
-Connections: International Woodturning Exchange 1995 – 2005, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, 2005