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Hosaluk experiments in all forms and media in order to challenge traditions of woodturning. His subject matter is equally as diverse, ranging from the humorous to the elegant and the natural to the abstract. Hosaluk uses wood from abandoned logging sites in his native Saskatchewan, or from salvage yards and garbage sites. He wants to connect his work to the larger world of contemporary art, and references architecture, nature, and culture in his art to achieve this link. He writes the following of his attitude toward woodturning: " My love of woodworking is not only for the beauty and mystery of the material, but also in the inventing of new techniques and processes to create objects." Here, he teams up with fellow turner Mark Sfirri.
MICHAEL HOSALUK and MARK SFIRRI. Canadian, 1954–; American, 1952–
Boob Box on a Stick 1997
ash, birch, lathe-turned, carved, acrylic paint
Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason. 1999.69.16a-c