Integration

  • Bud Latven, Integration, 1992, maple and African blackwood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003), 2003.60.32, © 1992, Bud Latven

To create Integration, Bud Latven cut small pieces of American maple and blackwood and joined them together in the rough shape of a vase. He then turned the segmented form on the lathe to create a surface so smooth that the vessel appears made from one piece of wood. In this way, Latven transformed the natural materials into a highly polished art object that emphasizes the rich colors of the woods. The blocks of maple stand out from the dark, rich blackwood like the remnants of an ancient building against a night sky, suggesting a landscape that takes us even further away from the original form of the wood.

It’s important to explore, but it’s also important to explore at such a pace that you can bring people along with you.” Latven, quoted in An Evolutionary Path from Function to Pure Art,” Woodshop News, April 1998
Title
Integration
Artist
Date
1992
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
13 583 58 in. diam. (34.79.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995−−2003)

Mediums
Mediums Description
maple and African blackwood
Classifications
Object Number
2003.60.32
Palette
Linked Open Data
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