Thaddeus Wolfe's "New Work" opens September 8 at R & Company.
Wolfe in his East Williamsburg studio.
“Before this, I was making functional, design-y objects. I couldn’t sell anything. Finally, I started working with Matter and made the first set of these Assemblages for them. The process developed from there.”
“I made this sketch a while ago of the show. I like to keep things simple.”
“The show will be a culmination of how I’ve been working with this process for the past four years. It will represent the furthest developments of the technique.”
“As much as I can, I try to get outdoors. In the last couple of years, I’ve become interested in looking at and identifying mushrooms. I want to use this pattern, I just haven’t figured out how to do it”
“Creating the foam forms is my favorite part. It’s very rough and direct.”
“When I’m making a lamp, the emphasis is on how the light will filter through the glass.”
“I try not to procrastinate. Some days are better than others.”
“My process is such that there are a lot of lost pieces. I like to keep them as color samples.”
“I make sure they can all hold water. But recently, I feel like it is less and less important. I just like that they are vessels with an interior and an exterior.”
“The way I tend to work is very intuitive.”
“Some people call my pieces sculptures, as if craft isn’t good enough. I call them vases or vessels. They don’t need to be mislabeled.”