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Artist Graham, Michael N.
Title Circle/Square, #15/35
Date 1987
Home Location Mezz., library
Material Basswood, paint
Height (in) 4.125
Width (in) 9
Length (in) 18
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Center Purchase
Accession Number 1995.01.01.068P
Object ID Number 1995.01.01.068
Object Number OBJ 119
Category 7: Distribution & Transportation Artifact
Signed Name M. Graham
Sig Loc Engraved on bottom
Inscription Text Engraved: #15/35 1987 M. Graham
Notes Exhibited in Wood Turning in North America Since 1930 (2001-2002)

Michael Graham takes a different approach in a lathe-turned box with the fascinating movement of the curved drawer. Here, his interest in finshes spans the spectrum and the painted black wood accentuates the form of the piece.

Included in Wood Turning in North America Since 1930

Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
Michael Graham began his woodworking career in the 1970s making organic, hand-carved boxes. In the 1980s, he made a transition to works such as Circle/Square #15/35 which feature painted surfaces and hard geometric designs. This piece also typifies Graham's interest in using the lathe to solve functional design problems, in this case, the construction of a radial (curved) sliding drawer. Attracted to both the efficiency and the flexibility of the lathe, Graham followed in the steps of Stephen Hogbin by exposing the basically geometric character of turned volumes by cutting them into sections and rejoining them. All parts of this box are turned except for the caps on each end.
Sub-category Container