Bud Latven

b. 1949, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSELECTED COLLECTIONSAlbuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NMArkansas Arts Center, Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, ARThe Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HICorning Museum of Glass, Corning, NYFine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, ALHigh Museum of Art, Atlanta, GAHunter Museum, Chattanooga, TNLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAMinneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MNMint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NCMobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL Museum of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM    National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC    Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DCWood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PAYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CTSELECTED EXHIBITIONS2007        Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA            Collect 2007, Sara Myerscough Fine Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London                  Point of View VI, Mint Museum of Craft+Design, Charlotte, NC2006        Cervini Haas Gallery, feature exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ                    Woodturning on the Edge, Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID        ARTscottsdale, WestWorld, Art & Antiques, Scottsdale, AZ        Turning Wood Into Art, Collect: 2006, Sarah Myerscough Fin Art,             Victoria and Albert Museum,  London2005-07    Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA2005-06    Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL2005        Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Philadelphia, PA        Master of Wood III, Finer Things Gallery, Nolensville, TN2004           Beneath the Bark: Twenty-Five Years of Woodturning, Brigham Young University             Art Museum, Salt Lake City, UT        SoQ: Contemporary Art in New Mexico, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM2003-05    Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY2003        A Tribute to Rude Osolnik: An Exhibition of Contemporary Turned Wood,             Kentucky Museum of Arts + Design, Louisville, KY        Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Santa Fe, NM2002        Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL    2001        Wood Turning in North America Since 1930,             The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN            Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC            Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT1998-03, 05    Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA    1998-03        Turned Wood - Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CASELECTED PUBLICATIONS2006        Gussie Fauntleroy, "Vases and Vessels", Southwest Art, December2004        Voss, Carl, "Those Puzzling Pieces", The Journal of the American              Association of Woodturners, Vol.19ABOUT THE ARTIST"Bud Latven – A Brief Biography", by Kevin WallaceBud Latven has influenced countless artists and craftspeople with his approach to wood turning, while following the path of a highly individual artist. He is an innovator, and the complexity of his constructed forms might lead one to think of him foremost as a talented technician. Yet it is the ideas behind the pieces and the constant experimentation leading to their creation that truly sets him apart.Latven’s life with wood began when he moved to New Mexico in 1972 and took a job at a woodshop in Albuquerque making cabinets and furniture. Soon after, he began making his own furniture and within two years he had a fully equipped studio. For the next ten years he sold his furniture at galleries and craft shows across the Southwest. All of this changed in 1982, however, when he was contracted to create production goblets at his studio. It wasn’t long before he made the transition from furniture-maker to lathe artist. He was attracted by what he saw as an "unexplored medium that was open to interpretation and experimentation". By working in a field that was not rigidly defined, he saw greater potential for artistic freedom.Completely self-taught, Bud Latven first started turning Mediterranean and Southwest stylized vessel forms taking his early inspirations from Native American ceramic. In 1985, Fine Woodworking magazine put a picture of one of Latven’s forms on the cover of the magazine, an event that lifted his career onto a national level.Through the 1980s he participated in numerous national art and craft exhibitions and his traditional Southwest vessels gave way to more contemporary forms. "It was during this time that I started looking deeper into issues concerning materiality, surface and form," Latven says. He developed a series of works that had silver rods piercing the walls and rims of the forms. He painted vessels and sculptural forms with juxtaposed raw and airbrushed surfaces and he sprayed melted metals onto tall anthropomorphic forms. During these years, Bud Latven’s work had changed, but so too had the marketplace. As his work became more sophisticated and sculptural, he needed to focus on a marketplace that welcomed this kind work and find collectors with budgets to support work that required increasing amounts of time to create. He found this in high-end affairs such as the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. As the field of contemporary woodturning took off, a number of galleries appeared on the scene and he was sought after to exhibit with the best of them. By the early 1990s, Latven was thinking about developing a more definitive language of identifiable forms whose parameters were open-ended enough to allow for expanded creativity. For years he questioned the relevance and pervasive adherence to the concept of the vessel form in the woodturning field. It was then the he started to open out the bottom of his forms, many of which had become based on rotated curves and conic sections such as parabolas and ellipses. He made these forms out of segmented bodies with randomly placed contrasting elements and sections. "Over time, these contrasting sections became more and more pervasive in the forms until I realized that the darker contrasting sections were really an attempt to created visual voids," Latven recalls, "it was at this time that I started carving out sections creating contrasting voids or negative spaces in my forms."As he manipulated these large carved sections he began to fracture and fragment sections of the forms. This was a new conceptualization, producing coherent fragments of forms, and in 1997 he made the first fragmented piece in what was to become the Fragments series. "The Fragments series became more and more concerned with how the individual extensions and voids around the edge of the form relate to each other and to the form as a whole," Latven explains. "This eventually spawned the Torsion series whose forms are based on carved paraboloids". The carved sections in this series bisect the walls in a spiraling movement or torsion. The central arch has thicker walls than the rim areas providing strength and integrity to this narrow area of the work. Since the piece rests on the curving rims, there is a balance of mass that must be equal on both sides. As a result, Latven explains, "The formal design in this series has evolved as a function of mass equilibrium."In 1999 Latven created his first bronze casting of one of the Torsion forms to see how it translated into another medium. To accomplish this, he spent a year visiting the Shidoni foundry in Tesuque, New Mexico, learning the process and overcoming the technical difficulties. "This experience taught me to look at my forms in a different light, not just as pedestal pieces but as maquettes for larger sculptures," he says. "It taught me to view these objects as an active participant within and through the forms." The concepts Bud Latven explores feed each other, as ideas work back and forth between individual works. His current series of carved works explores concepts of disintegration, fragmentation and re-emergence. Works in his Tower series appear to be architectural, decaying and degenerate, while works in his Impact and Torsion series appear to be more fluid and dynamic.


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Madagascar Conic, 2008

Bud Latven

BUD-57-C Tiger Maple, Madagascar Rosewood 16"H x 18"Dia 13,500