In Suspended Disbelief, a new exhibition from Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Wendell Castle – revered as the founding father of the American Art Furniture Movement – seamlessly intertwines sculpture and design, forging a unique discipline that continues to challenge the boundaries of artistic creation.
At the heart of this exhibition lies an exploration of Castle’s transformative career, tracing his journey from the early years of experimentation to his pioneering later wood works. The exhibition also highlights Castle’s explorations from 2005 to 2018, a period where he returned to bio-morphism, his signature style of the 1960s and 1970s. Pieces like Night on Earth (2008) exemplify this phase, incorporating steel, bronze and nickel. This later stage marked Castle’s foray into digital methods, including 3D modelling and scanning, as well as laser cutting, showcasing his adaptability and continued innovation.