Covered Bowl 95-29Artist(s)Michael ModeObject Creation Date1995Medium & Supportebony and rosewoodDimensions
3 13/16 x 11 1/2 x 5 in. (9.53 x 29.21 x 12.7 cm)Credit LineGift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto BohlenLabel copy
Self-taught in woodturning technique and design, Michael Mode learned many of his woodworking skills while working on electric guitar bodies for the Martin Guitar Company.
The character and style of Mode’s work reflect his interest in and fascination with the art and architecture of India and the Islamic world. Like the winged and domed shapes reminiscent of Mughal buildings, Covered Bowl 95-29 is beautifully proportioned with lyrical lines and swelling curves. Mode also draws inspiration from the material itself, using exotic burl and figured woods. It is the interplay however of openness and closure in a lidded form that intrigues Mode the most. “A lidded vessel, like a person, offers a choice of openness or privacy; possesses secret inside spaces that can’t be touched.”
from the exhibition Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, June 12 – October 3, 2004Primary Object ClassificationSculptureCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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