Against the Grain: Wood in contemporary Art, Craft and Design


Against the Grain: Ai Weiwei, Grapes, 2008, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) stools, courtesy of the artist and Friedman Benda, New York, photo: Bill Orcutt

Exhibition in Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA.
Featuring nearly 90 installations, sculptures, furniture, and objects, this exhibition explores some of the most cuttingedge conceptual and technical trends in woodworking today, emphasising the way artists, designers, and craftspeople have incorporated postmodernist approaches and strategies into woodworking—deconstructing vessel shapes, playing on the relationship between function and form, utilising woodturning and furniture techniques in the creation of sculpture, and demonstrating exciting possibilities through the use of technology. Part of MAD’s ongoing Materials & Process series, the show is dedicated to exploring contemporary innovations in traditional techniques and materials, and highlighting the tremendous creative energy and fresh thinking that creators are bringing to wood today.