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March 15, 2010
An exhibition of new sculptural new works by artist and woodworker Aldo Valdés Böhm, taking place at his local Big Medium Gallery in Austin, is scheduled to include two series--"Table-Top Sculptures" and "Wall Assemblages"--that organizers hope "emphasize his fascination with the distinctive facets and characteristics of wood and its construction."

Valdés Böhm previously worked as Outreach Coordinator for the city's Mexic-Arte Museum and is a graduate of the Sculpture & Ceramics program at Southwestern University in Georgetown. His furniture works have been presented through a New Works spot at the Art Palace Gallery and has contributed pieces to events such as the City of Austin APL Fall Sculpture Art Show as well.

The new Big Medium exhibition is a step in a different direction for Valdés Böhm, who says on his webiste that his work is "one-of-a-kind and typically done on commission." In his usual utilitarian process, Valdés Böhm says that "after meeting with clients and establishing their needs, wants and desires, sketches are created and the premise of the work is established." After that initial sketch, "scale drawings are created and final changes in the design are determined." Then the safety goggles come out. "Once designs are approved by the client, then the construction process begins."

Once the process ends, buyers have generally been thrilled. Writing about a tour of the Stitch Lab Studio for Apartment Therapy, Misty Adair found an appreciative client in Leslie Bonnell, who cited Valdés Böhm as a "dream source" who "really understood my needs for functionality and style in this space and delivered absolutely gorgeous pieces that were perfect on every note."

"30x18 inches, goauche on fine art paper. Signed 2005."


Of the above piece, Tino says the work "is marvelous in a corner!" He adds mysteriously that it is "currently sitting over the Green Man's art desk." Of the coming exhibition at Big Medium, Valdés Böhm says:

"My fascination with the idea of wood has led me to surround myself with the material. I collect it, shape it, and work with it on a daily basis: making houses, furniture, sculpture, objects or sometimes just chips and sawdust. This draw has led me to explore its unique qualities and quirks in construction, assemblage, joinery and juxtaposition. For me, few other materials have this amount of attraction with a relative ease of manipulation. From simple to complex tools, I derive satisfaction in the direct response of the material to my intentions.

This exhibit is comprised of two series. One is the Table-Top Sculpture Series, which is a gathering of sorts. Over the years, hundreds of these sculptures have come to shape through a process of machine and hand-work, and I have always wanted to place them in a large collection. Though they make up one installation, the individual members can stand on their own or in small groupings. This is the largest "gathering" yet. I base these pieces on critters, animated toys and mini machines, which appear to be frozen in mid-motion.

The second series, Wall Assemblages, is an effort to come full circle in woodworking. I have in the past years worked on a carpentry crew and other construction processes. This has inspired me to create works informed by a construction practice typical of this time and place. In fact, most of the materials for this series come from the demolition of elements of old construction. The materials I use speak of a certain history and retain the spirit of their previous incarnation. It is this spirit I try to bring forth in the works."

The exhibition runs until April 17th, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 20th from 7-11pm.

SEE ALSO: www.avalbo.com
SEE ALSO: www.bigmedium.org

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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