15th Wornick Award commemorative book
This publication accompanied the 15th Annual Ronald and Anita Wornick Award exhibiton at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, on view October 7–19, 2013. The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award was established by the Wornick Company on the occasion of Ronald C. Wornick's retirement as president and CEO. The award is intended to recognize, nourish, and encourage talented students in the wood arts at CCA.
California College of the Arts celebrates 15 years of the award 15 years of the award STEPHEN BEAL President For 15 years, the Ronald & Anita Wornick Award has recognized and encouraged talented students at CCA. Since receiving it, the awardees have gone on to a variety of career successes, from establishing their own businesses and working for leading design firms to exhibiting their work and teaching at notable institutions across the country. We are so pleased to showcase some of their work in this handsome catalogue. I would like to extend our deep appreciation to Ron and Anita for their generous contributions to CCA and to the field of wood arts. In addition to their support of the annual Wornick Award, they have helped to bring visiting faculty and lecturers to campus, exposing the CCA community and the wider public to the remarkable vibrancy and diversity of the conceptual crafts movement and its most accomplished practitioners. The Wornick Award has helped position CCA as a national leader in educating studio artists across a broad range of materials and methods. Thank you to Ron and Anita, and also to Russell Baldon, chair of the Furniture Program, Barbara Holmes, current interim chair, and Donald Fortescue, former chair, for their invaluable contributions and leadership. And congratulations to the CCA students and alumni who have benefited from this excellent program. BARBARA HOLMES Furniture Program Interim Chair Since 1998 the Ronald and Anita Wornick Award has recognized student achievement in wood art at California College of the Arts. This year we have the pleasure of celebrating the awardâ€™s 15th anniversary and the wonderful work of our 2013 award winners, Asa Hillis and Hannah Quinn, as well as the work of Wornick Award alumni. As interim chair of the Furniture Program and a faculty member for the past eight years, I have personally seen what a boon the Wornick Award is for its recipients. For many, the Wornick Award is the first major accolade they receive for their work, and it helps propel them toward future success. On behalf of the Furniture Program and the award recipients, I would like to thank Ron and Anita for their continued generous investment in our promising students. RONALD & ANITA WORNICK We are very proud to support CCA’s brilliantly creative and talented young wood artists through the Ronald and Anita Wornick Award. It has been a joyous and rewarding experience from the very beginning. In our opinion, wood as a base material for the exploration of art and ideas has barely been scratched. Wood is magic in the hands of a craftsperson/artist who understands the subtle nuances and powerful life story contained in every piece. We see this medium as much more useful than a blank frame of canvas, and equally challenging. CCA students are up for this challenge, and, thanks to their inspiration and hard work, the field will continue to evolve. We look forward to a provocative, significant, growing future. Fifteen years of Wornick Award recipients... ASA HILLIS 2013 Award Recipient I am a third-year Furniture student at CCA interested in creating one-off original pieces with an emphasis on craftsmanship. In 2012 I interned with Garry Knox Bennett, a CCA alumnus and renowned maker in the Bay Area. This provided me with firsthand knowledge about the professional world of furniture making and helped build my confidence and skill set. The experience I gained from that internship has inspired me to follow in a similar trajectory after graduating. My goal is to open a custom furniture shop, Twin Design Furniture, with my twin brother. Since being selected as a Wornick recipient, my aspiration of becoming a furniture maker is more tangible than ever. My current work continues to build on the range of techniques I am acquiring while at CCA. To date, the piece I’m most proud of is a writer’s desk entitled Fountain of Inspiration. Fountain of Inspiration, 2012 Walnut, chrome-plated brass, leather 37 x 24 x 18 in. Photo by Mark Serr 8/4, 2011 MDF, plastic laminate, two-by-fours, steel strapping 31 x 17 x 44 in. HANNAH QUINN 2013 Award Recipient It is an honor to be selected for the Wornick Award. My last three years at CCA have sparked a deep interest in and passion for furniture. Iâ€™ve had the opportunity to be part of many interesting facets of the art and design world that I previously never knew existed. From being a student artist in residence at Recology to going to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York (with my 350-pound chair!), it has been amazing. Reflecting on the last three years and the explorations I have made, who knows where I will be three years from now! My plan is to start a studio of my own while working for and continuing to learn from the many talented individuals in the Bay Area. Through furniture I am able to play, and it is the ability to play that I am determined not to let out of my reach. MATEO HAO 2012 Award Recipient I study the archaic formal languages of artifacts from long ago to discover the origins of craft traditions. Upon graduating from CCA, I embarked on an artist residency that involved weeks of backpacking through California’s national forests, which are maintained for commercial use, to better acquaint myself with the materials with which I build. This search for rawness in technique, form, history, and material is what guides my practice. I am currently seeking to expand my investigations in steam bending and hope to incorporate more lumber from the urban forest into my work. In the meantime I am freelancing and looking for a stable day job. Ivory Throne, 2012 Plywood, laminate 30 ¾ x 39 ¼ x 31 ½ in. Photo by Mark Serr SARAH WARD 2012 Award Recipient Since graduating in 2013, I have spent the summer relocating to New York, making new friends, getting lost, and taking on some very odd jobs. I am currently building some shelves for my new apartment. I will be participating in an exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco in fall 2013. Theodore, 2013 Maple 35 x 18 x 13 Â˝ in. Photo by Mark Serr PETER J O S E P H Lâ€™ A B B E 2011 Award Recipient Bubinga Chair, 2010 African bubinga sapwood and heartwood, stainless steel 45 x 17 x 17 in. Photo by Mark Serr On July 8, 2013, our school and program suffered a great loss with the sudden death of alumnus Peter Joseph Lâ€™Abbe, who graduated in 2012. Peter was just beginning his professional career and embarking on a new life with his wife, Ali. He was a designer and a craftsman who honored tradition while embracing technology. He had an intensely curious mind and particularly enjoyed working collaboratively with artists of all disciplines, which meant his circle of friends was spread widely throughout the CCA community. Having taught Peter in several of my classes, I knew him to be a deeply thoughtful and creative maker. As a friend and peer he generously extended himself to those around him and was willing to lend a helping hand in the studios and beyond. His effortless smile, sense of humor, and spirited energy were infectious and terrific to be around. He will be deeply missed and remembered by all of us who had the privilege to know and interact with him. â€”Barbara Holmes, Furniture Program interim chair NICHOLAS EDWARD MORRIS 2011 Award Recipient A Small Place, 2011 Cherry, recycled redwood siding from the artistâ€™s home, copper, felt, recycled Egyptian cotton pillowcase 25 x 19 x 15 in. Tillandsia Support, 2010 Makore mood, living air plants 80 x 50 x 7 in. Photo by the artist CARLY BORMAN 2010 Award Recipient After graduating from CCA in 2011, I joined a communal woodshop in Oakland and started CB Studios, where I have been designing and making custom furniture for a wide clientele. Designing to meet their specific tastes, spaces, and budgets has proven to be an inspiring and rewarding process. The collaboration this requires has enriched my practice and challenged me to create pieces that fulfill both the client’s expectations and my aesthetic. My designs strive to blend organic forms with linear structure and draw inspiration from nature’s ability to fuse these two qualities in harmony. I am extremely grateful for the skills CCA provided. My experience there continues to open doors. Synapse Chair prototype, 2011 Stainless steel, white birch 32 x 16 ½ x 18 ½ in. Photo by Mark Serr ANDREW PERKINS 2010 Award Recipient I am currently the senior designer for Pablo Designs, where I help to create refined and innovative lighting products that utilize the latest in LED technology. In my spare time, I design and prototype out of a shared woodshop in Alameda. I’m working toward developing my own products for licensing and am currently collaborating with friends on products that can be manufactured locally out of sustainable materials. My work results from a fascination with new technologies, a reverence for traditional crafts, a passion for honest materials, and a desire to support beneficial behaviors. My time at CCA helped to build my passion for design and gave me the confidence to walk a path less traveled. JOY UMALI 2009 Award Recipient Conjoined, 2009 Found chair, mahogany, custom-printed textile 43 x 27 x 21 in. Photo by Mark Serr Collection of Garry & Silvia Bennett WILLEM E VE T T-MILLER 2008 Award Recipient Chair for Betty, 2006 Walnut, leather 33 x 21 x 24 in. Photo by the artist DAVID BOURN 2007 Award Recipient Thirty Figures no. 14, 2008 Chromogenic print 24 x 24 in. Photo by Peter Samuels ANGLER, 2010 Steel, Douglas fir, light 120 x 42 x 96 in. Photo by Michael Tempiro SHAWN HIBMACRONAN 2007 Award Recipient I graduated from CCA with a dual degree in Sculpture and Furniture. I work out of a studio on the Alameda Naval Base, creating large, moving sculptures that are intended to encourage interaction. They are made of wood, steel, and reclaimed objects. Craftsmanship is critical in my work; no material is disguised and no mechanism is hidden, so that the resulting forms remain honest and tangible. My work has been featured on ABC7 News and in Woodwork magazine, Multilingual magazine, CCA’s Glance magazine, and MAKE’s Craftzine. In addition to multiple group shows, I’ve had a solo show at the Oakland Museum of California sculpture court and have received many public and private commissions. I was recently commissioned to create a sculpture, Freedom Press, for permanent exhibition in the new terminal at the San Francisco International Airport. And I recently raised more than $16,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to fund the transformation of a 1963 Ford Falcon Deluxe Club Wagon into a mobile work of street-legal sculpture. JEREMY KAPLAN 2006 Award Recipient Concrete Coffee Table 90-12, 2007 Rockite, Plyboo, steel 12 x 40 x 12 Â˝ in. Photo by the artist CHRISTOPHER LOOMIS 2006 Award Recipient Bench, 2013 California elm, steel, oil 14 x 16 x 58 in. Photo by the artist The Wornick Award allowed me the opportunity to focus more intensely on the work I was doing as a student at CCA. The scholarship was invaluable and gave me the confidence to pursue the career of designer and maker outside of school. Since graduating I have expanded my full-time furniture studio, created a residency for CCA Furniture students, and traveled extensively. I am a member of CCAâ€™s Furniture faculty and continue to manage and direct Alameda Point Studios, a community-based industrial arts facility. YVONNE MOUSER 2005 Award Recipient Bucket Stool and Doublewide Bucket Stool, 2011 Birch 12 ½ x 13 ½ x12 ½ in. and 25 x 12 ½ x 17 ½ in. After CCA I received a furniture commission and continued to exhibit my artwork. I later worked for a pre-fab architecture start-up, which gave me experience running a business and opportunities to continue producing my own work. Other collaborations with contractors and designers have helped me further develop fabrication and design techniques. As an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch, I refocused my art practice and started a new body of work. I then cofounded New Factory, a studio that focuses on creating and reinterpreting everyday objects, and Thought for Food, a collaboration that explores the intersections of art, design, and experience using food as its medium. I now also run my own company designing and building custom pieces. COURTNEY SKOTT 2005 Award Recipient Map Cabinet, 2005 Birch plywood, silkscreen 34 x 45 x 14 in. Photo by Russell Baldon I graduated from CCA in 2006. Iâ€™ve spent the last five years working as a designer for a furniture manufacturer; my roles there have spanned across interior design and marketing as well as furniture. My work is fundamental to the way we present our brand and products in the world, which makes me happy. Iâ€™m starting to focus more on color and materials, developing a specialization around our emotional connections to texture, sheen, and hue. I almost never use our studio shop. JENNIFER COLLIAU 2004 Award Recipient Orbit Coat Rack, 2004 Aluminum 16 x 10 x 5 in. when flat, 15 x 10 x 9 in. when in use Photo by Kallan Nishimoto SCOTT OLIVER 2004 Award Recipient Since completing my graduate work at CCA in 2005, I have continued to change and adapt my creative practice to the exigencies of life and my own interests as an artistâ€”as ever, a constant negotiation between opportunity, resources, and desire. Recent projects include reading room furniture for the Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco; a multifaceted, place-based work set at Lake Merritt in Oakland; and a camper shell made from an experimental, recycled, biodegradable type of board. In 2012 I relocated from the Bay Area to Fort Bragg, California, with my family. Currently I am working part-time for an urban salvage and custom furniture company in Mendocino, and simultaneously preparing to install a site-specific, cast-concrete sculpture commission near Albuquerque. Scissor tables and benches at the Kadist Art Foundation Reading Room, 2011 Claro walnut, plywood, steel, brass, upholstery Dimensions variable Upholstery designed by Alexander Girard Photo by the artist PORTIA WELLS 2004 Award Recipient Slipcover Chair, 2004 Plywood, cloth, acrylic paint 36 x 19 x 16 in. Photo by Kallan Nishimoto In 2005, the morning after my CCA thesis show, I hopped on a plane and headed to New York to kick off my design career. My work soon was featured in numerous publications, including Lucky magazine, the New York Times, and the book What Is Product Design? While in New York, I focused on designing branding solutions, graphics, products, and spaces for international clients such as Hennessy, Benefit Cosmetics, Tiffany & Co., and Coty. I now find my bliss living with my wonderful fiancĂŠ in Southern California. Iâ€™m still doing design work, except now I have a view of the Pacific Ocean from my desk. MICHAEL MELLON 2003 Award Recipient Circumscribe, 2006 Steel, plywood, stationary caster wheels, found car wheel rims 18 x 36 x 32 in., 18 x 48 x 30 in., and 18 x 60 x 28 in. Photo by the artist MAIKO SUGANO 2003 Award Recipient Kanji Garden Wind, 2011 Lime tree (Linden) 40 x 20 ½ x 39 ½ in. Kanji Garden Mountain, 2011 Lime tree (Linden) 23 x 43 ¼ x 72 ½ in. TETSUSHI INOUE 2002 Award Recipient Lotus Table, 2007 Buna 19 x 18 ½ x 18 ½ in. Photo by the artist PIPPA MURRAY 2002 Award Recipient Sketch for Untitled, 2008 Basalt, gold smalti 17 x 17 x 19 in. FLOUR TISHMA 2002 Award Recipient Powder Puff Ottoman, 2001 Poplar, veneer, fabric, feathers 21 x 16 x 16 in. Photo by Kallan Nishimoto MARY ELIZABETH YARBROUGH 2001 Award Recipient I received my MFA from CCA in 2002 and have worked since then at the Exploratorium in San Francisco as an exhibit developer and fabricator. Currently I make 2D photorealistic constructions using duct tape and contact paper, inspired by mass-media imagery. I also create sound-based sculptures and incorporate music and performance into my work. In 2007 I had a three-month artist residency in Tokyo that centered on karaoke; my solo exhibitions have included Symptom of the Universe at Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2008) and Hanagasa Dochu for Hibari Misora at SCAIxSCAI, Tokyo (2007). I play bass and sing in the band T.I.T.S., and I live and have a studio in San Francisco. Into the Void, 2008 Duct tape, contact paper on acrylic panel 29 x 19 ½ in. Photo by Job Piston Portal (collaboration with Gary Stadler), 2011 Stainless and mild steel, aluminum, LED lights, laser lights, CNC-engraved Plexiglas, solar power 360 x 480 x 360 in. Photo by Craig Brayton REBECCA GOODMAN 2000 Award Recipient I create interactive objects and performative installations. I construct multisensory, experiential pieces; design and build sculpture, costumes, and functional art; choreograph and direct performances; and often collaborate with musicians, scientists, and performers of all genres to produce layered, ethereal pieces that describe themes of transformation and fragility and the exploration of archetypes. I live on a nine-acre community property in the North County area of San Diego and recently completed renovating an old barn there into a beautiful wood and metal studio. Currently I am working on a body of work entitled Thresholds,Â a series of proximity-responsive portals and gates reflecting the journey through various rites of passage. DEBRA MAGNANI 2000 Award Recipient Untitled, 2002 Plywood 20 x 42 x 20 in. Photo by Kallan Nishimoto Stool, 2006 Teak, stainless steel Photo by Barry Goyett LAURA RITTENHOUSE 1999 Award Recipient After graduating from CCA in 2000, I worked for artists in various disciplines in the Bay Area. In 2002 I moved to San Luis Obispo, California, and launched Laura Rittenhouse Studio Furniture. Since then I have worked with Sunset magazine and completed large commissions for out-ofstate and overseas clients. Iâ€™m enjoying working for myself making furniture, which has always been my goal. Just recently I have started selling smaller functional wood objects and ceramics from my online store. This, in combination with raising two children, has kept me busy. MATTHEW D. VISICK 1999 Award Recipient Cubes, 1998 Cherry, ash, walnut 13 x 13 x 13 in. each Photo by Kallan Nishimoto After graduating from CCA in 2000, I built furniture in my Oakland studio and renovated homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005 I began studying law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and in 2008 I graduated cum laude and now practice land use and environmental law. In 2013 I started a real estate development business with another partner that will focus on urban infill development and draw on our exceptional studio art and crafts community for design and fabrication. 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V i s i ck firstname.lastname@example.org S a r a h Wa r d email@example.com studiosarahward.com Portia Wells firstname.lastname@example.org portiawells.com M a r y E l i z a b e t h Ya r b r o u gh email@example.com cargocollective.com/meyarbrough This publication accompanies the 15th annual Ronald and Anita Wornick Award exhibition at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, on view October 7–19, 2013. The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award was established by the Wornick Company on the occasion of Ronald C. Wornick’s retirement as president and CEO. Reflecting the wishes of the Wornicks, the award is intended to recognize, nourish, and encourage talented students in the wood arts at CCA. A gifted amateur wood artist himself, Ronald Wornick has been a member of the CCA Board of Trustees since 1992. Many thanks to the artists who participated in the exhibition: Carly Borman, Mateo Hao, Shawn HibmaCronan, Asa Hillis, Peter Joseph L’Abbe, Christopher Loomis, Yvonne Mouser, Scott Oliver, Andrew Perkins, Hannah Quinn, and Maiko Sugano. Editor: Barbara Holmes Designer: CCA Sputnik student Anna Carollo Design and production manager: Meghan Ryan Faculty advisor: Doug Akagi Copy editor: Lindsey Westbrook Printer: Norco Printing, San Leandro © 2013 by California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA 94107. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission.