David Hurwitz

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David Hurwitz
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Wood can be a very sensual medium, depending on the approach and how it is used. While I was trained in traditional methods of furniture construction and joinery and apply those methods in my designs, my main interest and focus in my work is an exploration of form. To achieve this, each of my pieces involve some amount of carving and shaping, which I do through the use of both hand and power tools. In some of my pieces, I like to explore different textures and surface treatments, sometimes using paint over those surfaces. When designing my furniture pieces, I strive for a dynamic interaction between the elements of the overall design - how the various forms relate to each other and how negative space works with the overall piece. I like my work to project a warm presence that is inviting to the user.

A true craftsman, David Hurwitz designs and builds contemporary furniture pieces, one at a time at his studio in central Vermont, using hand carving along with traditional methods of furniture construction and joinery. His work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Delaware Art Museum, the Wharton Esherick Museum and the Bennington Museum. His work is in public and private collections throughout the United States, and in private residences in Canada and England. David has been doing woodworking since the age of six, and has been a professional woodworker since 1988. He has a BFA (1992) in woodworking and furniture design from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. David has been a self-employed furniture maker since 1993. David has been the recipient of selveral awards and honors in Vermont and beyond. He has been featured in books and magazines all over New England, San Diego, Palm Beach, Arizona and more. In 2006, Michael Monroe, former Curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery had these comments about David's work: "David is a master at handmade furniture featuring sculptural forms that capture the essence of movement and fluidity from a rigid material, wood."
To learn more about David watch this new video about the artist...

The following is a Pecha Kucha David did on his work at the Fleming Museum on Feb 15, 2013. Pecha Kucha is a presentation format featuring 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds.

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