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Artist Hoyer, Todd
Title X Series
Date 1991
Home Location Mezz., Collection Area - I2
Material Cottonwood
Height (in) 13.75
Diameter (in) 9.625
Dimension Details left: 13.5h x 9 dia with 3.5 dia at base
center: 12 h x 10.5 dia with 6 dia at base
right: 13h x 8 dia with 3 dia at base
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Gift of Fleur Bresler, Robyn & John Horn, Albert & Tina LeCoff, Arthur & Jane Mason, Connie Mississippi
Accession Number 1998.04.23.001G
Object ID Number 1998.04.23.001a
Object Number OBJ 366
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Signed Name TH
Sig Loc Engraved on bottom
Inscription Text Engraved: TH Cottonwood
Notes Exhibited in Wood Turning in North America Since 1930 (2001-2002)

Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
In the early 1990s, Todd Hoyer moved away from his previous investment in the evocative potential of wood and began to make more abstract, less material-oriented work. This tripartite sculptural grouping is typical of this new direction in Hoyer's career. Each of the processes used in making the group is emotionally charged, from the turning of deep grooves into the vessel walls, to the scorching the ribs between the grooves, to the cutting of the pieces with a chainsaw. The resemblance of the iconography to the Christian cross further evokes ritual and death. The set might be also interpreted as a dramatic rejection of the beauty of the hollow vessel, as if the aesthetic appeal of the softly ribbed forms had been "cancelled" by the violent action of the chainsaw.
Sub-category Art