A Guide to In and Around Owen Sound
Stephen Hogbin was ready to start a new chapter in his life. It was time to move to Owen Sound from his home and studio at Lake Charles. An important part of this new chapter was finding the best way to continue his work. Read on as Stephen talks about making connections.
The original idea for Intersections was to start a woodworking co-op, a place where members could come and share space, equipment, and cost. Moving into the historic downtown Owen Sound location became an opportunity to reinforce connections between trees and wood in the public space and big gallery windows allowed beautiful objects to be displayed next to a studio workshop.
Trees are not only about firewood, but rather making useful and beautiful objects from them. As trillions of trees will get planted to stave off climate change there will in the future be lots of wood. Metal, plastics and glass will still be used, however wood in new formulations and structures will take precedence in manufacture and building. In that respect, Intersections Wood Gallery and Studio is way ahead of its time.
We are at a cultural junction, a cross roads brought on by climate change. How we intersect and form new relationships is fundamental to our future. Intersections gallery and studio investigates these transitions and intersections by accommodating ideas and people interests in working with wood.
The scope of people’s interest and skill level in what we offer is a cross section of society. From the simple act of cutting a piece of wood into two to creating fresh new ideas on ways to make things. There are also people who want to learn how to work with wood. Their intensions are as varied as people are different. Developing a program is quite difficult to answer all the individual needs. However, as a community there is a love of the material and tremendous pleasure from creating objects from wood.
There are also groups that come to the studio to work together for the comradery while developing new skills.
The most prevalent use of wood in the gallery is solid wood constructions. However, plywood enables some very fine forms which also use the CNC router table to duplicate the same shape many times. The renowned mathematician George Hart has constructed a designer lamp and runs a workshop for people interested in learning how his structures are made. Bjarne Jespersen came from Denmark to create a new mathematical form called a Knotted Tetrahedron. In solid wood Carl Durance creates segmented bowls and vase forms from hundreds of different species of tree. Pierre Rousseau instructs the use of wood using hand tools which is fundamental to understanding what is best for wood and the design to be created.
Not to forget the tree, there are paintings and photographs of magnificent trees and forests to delight the eye. Bob Hope’s Erratic Table uses wood and rocks in an original manner. At the junction of the leg to table top a rock connects the different elements in a fresh new way. All these objects are about the future as we look to make connection and see intersections developing for the future.
There is a membership at Intersections for participants who like to use the studio workshop and present their works in the gallery. The members also influence the programming of the classes through what they need to learn and who they want to learn from.
Most of the artworks are for sale. The gallery will soon be open by appointment. Learn more or be in touch here.