Enriching lives through art and craft

Mason Cooley

Mason Cooley
Nose Warmer, 2021
Osage, maple, acrylic

Bamboo Bicycle Workshop / October 24 – 29, 2021

Artist Bio:
After attending Art Center College of Design for both my BFA and MFA degrees I began exhibiting and teaching sculpture in Los Angeles CA. The courses I taught were often interdisciplinary in nature which was a direct reflection of how I saw art, design and science interrelating. Moving later to Western North Carolina provided an opportunity to focus on furniture making but with applying my previous interests in art, design and science. Currently I have a small furniture making studio and business with my partner where form and function are important elements for integrating our life and work. I have taught other craft and design courses in the region including at Haywood Community College. Some of my other teaching positions were at Art Center College of Design in CA, California State University, Long Beach and University of Southern California.

Artist Statement:
I really enjoy being exposed to different systems and ideas across various disciplines and practices in order to find creative inspiration and solve formal as well as functional problems. For example, the bamboo bicycle project uses some of the same structural properties found in Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes in that the “triangle geometry” is a critical aspect of both form and structure. Here in this example the underlying natural-cultural patterns are also what interest me. I apply this to teaching and facilitating workshops as well, since, again the collaborative nature of each is how physical complexity tends to present itself through the creative process. In some ways this is the opposite of focusing only on the individual for creative insight. Interdisciplinary mindsets are often supported then by a collaborative community of processes and in a nutshell that is my goal whether I am working alone or working with others. In all I feel like aesthetic complexity exists between such patterns and so the significance of any single pattern seems less important to me. Therefore facilitating these relationships is tantamount to what I do in both the studio and the classroom.

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