Fall 2013 Stephen Mohring"play" September 27 – November 21Seoffker Gallery OPENING EVENT September 27, 2013 5 – 8 pmArtist Lecture from 5 – 6pm Opening reception 6 – 8pm* Free and open to the public ARTIST STATEMENT The recent and new sculpture I’m making is, at its core, a meditation on the transformation of wood from tree to hand-made object. All the wood used has been locally sourced, milled by me, and worked primarily with hand tools. The videos in each piece are non-narrative, slow loops of simple movements illuminating the base, often-elegant motion in activities like standing, walking, waiting, listening, and watching. By combining the visceral nature of traditional well-crafted materials with the seductive allure of time-based media, I hope to draw attention to the raw beauty of this deeply physical transformation. ABOUT THE ARTIST Stephen Mohring teaches sculpture at Carleton College. He runs the college sawmill program, which he developed in collaboration with the Arboretum, producing sustainably harvested lumber for the art department. He also works as the resident set designer for Ten Thousand Things, a Twin Cities based company that brings lively, intelligent theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts.