Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle Remastered

October 8–December 31, 2017

Wendell Castle Remastered is the first museum exhibition to showcase the digitally crafted works of Wendell Castle, acclaimed figure of the American art furniture movement. A master furniture maker, designer, sculptor, and educator, Castle is now in the sixth decade of a prolific career that began in 1958—one that parallels the emergence and growth of the American studio craft movement. The exhibition is the largest yet of this internationally renowned artist and his groundbreaking achievements.

The exhibition will feature approximately 40 works of art, including several historically important examples that illustrate the innovations of his stack-lamination technique, and a few selections from his mold-form fiberglass experiments. These are the inspiration for the contemporary works that Castle has been creating with his state-of-the-art robot, which utilizes a process similar to his early stack-lamination carving, but with greater precision and complexity. Castle’s current studio practice combines handcraftsmanship—such as carving, rasping, and finishing—with digital technologies, including 3D scanning, 3D modeling, and computer-controlled milling. These new works will be installed in dialogue with the earlier pieces that inspired them.

TALK WITH WENDELL CASTLE: Embracing Upheaval
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 pm
included with museum admission

Wendell Castle Remastered at the Memorial Art Gallery is an adaptation of the exhibition originally presented at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, in 2015.

In Rochester, the exhibition is presented by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and Constellation Brands. Additional support is provided by Canandaigua National Bank, Michael Jesselson, Nocon & Associates, A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund, the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, the Rubens Family Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Judson, Jr.

shown: Wendell Castle seated in Long Night, 2011, photo by Adrien Millot.
Courtesy of Friedman Benda Gallery and Wendell Castle.