Cherry Arc

  • Michael Bauermeister, Cherry Arc, 2001, cherry and acrylic paint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Francine and Michael Goldberg, 2009.17, © 2001, Michael Bauermeister

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Michael Bauermeister typically works with woods grown in Missouri, where he lives, like cherry. He turns his forms on a lathe very slowly and carves using power tools to create irregular shapes, as seen in Cherry Arc. Using custom-made hand tools, Bauermeister then accentuates the beautiful grain of the wood by carving out little notches on the surface, which he fills with acrylic paint. He began adding color to his pieces because, he explains, he "got bored sculpting wood in only natural hues of brown." (Jim Winnerman, "The Art of Wood," Rural Missouri, April 2010)

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"I hope these pieces have a soothing presence that provides restful relief in an increasingly pressured world." Artist's statement
Cherry Arc
14 3/4 x 14 3/4 x 8 5/8 in. (37.5 x 37.5 x 21.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Francine and Michael Goldberg

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cherry and acrylic paint
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