With You in a Moment

Copied Thomas Loeser, With You in a Moment, 2016, honey locust, ash, shovel and lawn mower handles, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2021.58

Artwork Details

Title
With You in a Moment
Date
2016
Dimensions
120 × 35 × 21 in. (304.8 × 88.9 × 53.3 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Mediums Description
honey locust, ash, shovel and lawn mower handles
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object — furniture
Object Number
2021.58

Artwork Description

“If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, would our lives be different, too?” wonders furniture maker Tom Loeser.

 

The natural edge of this honey locust timber slab pays homage to George Nakashima’s original conoid bench, a design first introduced in 1960. When the artist, Tom Loeser, was young, he sat down on a conoid bench by Nakashima at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and that’s when he realized the power of furniture.

 

Loeser has added a row of discarded shovel handles to form the back. Every spring in Madison, Wisconsin—where Loeser lives—people throw out their broken shovels, a sign as sure as spring blossoms that another harsh winter has passed. Loeser collected these tools and repurposed them. While shoveling snow can cause backpain, now these handles lend their support.

 

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Exhibitions

Quilt featuring the portrait of a woman
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World
May 13, 2022April 2, 2023
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.