"Using both hand and power tools I create carved wood panels and objects. My primary source for materials is salvaged offcuts from local sawmills and cabinet shops. Inspiration is drawn from two main sources; the simple and clean forms of modern design, as well as from the dynamic environment where I live on the southern shore of Lake Superior in Marquette Michigan. 

 

The wood is often worked green then allowed to warp and crack as it dries. After carving I paint or burn the surface to emphasize tool marks. The lines and textures carved in the wood are abstractions from the natural world; rocks, water, sand, waves, trees, ice... I primarily work within squares, rectangles, and grids; exploring relationships between the organic carving and the machined lines."

Education

2007 BFA Woodworking, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver Colorado

         Old Town Art Fair, Chicago Illinois

         American Craft Show, Atlanta (Piece selected for the Make Room exhibit)

         Palm Beach Contemporary, Palm Beach Florida

2016 American Craft Show, San Francisco California

         Bellevue Art Museum Artsfair, Bellevue Washington

         Old Town Art Fair, Chicago Illinois

         Artifex, Peter White Public Library, Marquette Michigan

2015 Art in the Pearl, Portland Oregon

         Bellevue Art Museum Artsfair, Bellevue Washington

2014 Nature in Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne Pennsylvania

2013 American Crafts Show, Baltimore Maryland

2012 American Crafts Show, St Paul Minnesota ( Piece selected for the Make Room exhibit)

Public Collections
         Cowell Family Cancer Center, Traverse City Michigan
         Jaimeson Orthodontic, Marquette Michigan

JOSEPH GRACI

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