Sometime in college I was introduced to Wendell Castle’s work and I was instantly in love. He makes useful things so whimsical and wonderful, they look like creatures that could get up and walk away and each one more unique than the last. I am always drawn to his chairs or benches they seem like the perfect place to curl up with a good book.
Today I got to see Castle’s most recent exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. It is called “Wendell Castle Remastered” featuring pieces made in the last few years. At age 85 he continues to push boundaries and embrace new technology. This exhibit was a collection of works highlighting not only his skills, which are amazing, but also to show some of what technology now makes possible.
There were two short movies that were part of this solo exhibit. One was about Castle’s process and how it has changed over the years. He has been creating these art furniture pieces since the 1960’s, so there are a lot of changes that his technique and skills have gone through over the years. The other was about his life and the choices that got him to where he is now. This video spoke to me in particular, because Castle talks about all the decisions, small or large that got him to where he is now. He recently was given an honorary Doctorate in his home state of Kansas, while there he looked back on everything that he might have missed if he had not made the decision to take a position at RIT. I hope someday I can look back on my life with a similar point of view.
Spending time in a gallery is never wasted, and today was no exception. It was nice to be inspired.
Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.