Allison Samuels
Ravine 3, 2019

One of three mountable works, Ravine 3 is a reflection of the artist’s meditations on balance. A carved maple slab serves as the ground for a halo of blackened copper. Protruding from the wall, the works are minimal and stark, upholding a balance and tension between the two materials. Framing the surface of the wood with the void created by the metal rings evokes some sort of mapping. The title pinpoints the work and gives it an implied geographical feature. These works were made in collaboration with Charmaine Vegas, a Long Beach-based jeweler and metalsmith. Allison Samuels’ practice and the featured works chart a map through her cognitive process, emerging as a utopian vision of a sustainable future. The show is a new feat for Samuels, as she moves away from functional objects, specifically cabinetry, furniture and utensils, to sculptural objects. The featured works and the customized displays on which the pieces are shown offer a glimpse into her “3D thoughts”. Inspired by her travels and the natural materials she finds along the way, Samuel’s prioritises the Earth itself in her design practice; functionality in conversation with found natural forms. Following suit, these sculptural works are lead by their material origins, and shaped by their inherent natural properties. Allison Samuels (b. 1990) is the founder of Two Tree Studios, an environmentally conscious design practice and woodworking studio based in Brooklyn, NY. Through an upbringing surrounded by forests, rivers and mountains, Samuels cultivated an early appreciation for the natural world. As such, her work emphasizes, and is dictated in part by, the unique properties she observes within raw material itself. Maple and blackened copper rings Each Unique 12 × 12 × 2.5 inches
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