August Issue 1999
Contemporary Furniture by Doug Sigler & Marvin Jensen Showcased at Grovewood Gallery
Grovewood Gallery, located at the Grove Park Inn complex in Asheville, NC, is excited to present an exhibition of contemporary furniture by Doug Sigler and Marvin Jensen which will be on view through Aug. 27. Both well known artists live in Penland, NC. In addition both have worked as craftspeople and as teachers for over 30 years.
Doug Sigler has four decades of woodworking experience and has taught at Penland School of Crafts for 30 years, as well as 24 years at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. At his studio in Penland he creates functional contemporary furniture primarily from wood though he does not hesitate to incorporate glass or metal into his work when a particular design calls for it.
Although he also does smaller pieces such as tables, shelves and mirrors, Sigler prefers to work on a larger scale. Much of his work consists of on-site architectural commissions, a notable example being the entrance doors he recently completed for the Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville. He says he generally prefers commissions because it provides a set of parameters and a functional design problem to be solved.
Marvin Jensen has been building things with his hands all of his life. Growing up in Southern Minnesota he built go-carts, gliders and airplanes. He continued in college studying art and craft at Mankato State College, going on to a graduate degree in metalwork at Carbondale, IL. After graduate school he taught metalwork and jewelry for 20 years at Penland as well as 2 years at Purdue University before becoming a full-time craftsperson about 15 years ago.
Although Jensen is primarily a metal artist making furniture pieces from such materials as anodized aluminum and stainless steel, he often incorporates wood, using high-depth glossy finishes, as well as creating pieces completely from wood. He describes himself as a "research-oriented" craftsperson, combining materials and techniques not normally used in the art world along with more traditional processes
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