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Thaddeus Mosley: Forest at Art + Practice


Thaddeus Mosley is 96 and still as prolific as ever. Using fallen trees found in Pittsburgh, where he lives and works, Mosley employs hand tools to carve abstract wooden forms that intricately notch and wedge into each other. The final sculptures defy gravity, elegantly swooping skyward, pocked by the delicate patterning of his chisel. These marks swirl and dance across the wooden surfaces, echoing wood grain as much as the intricate biology of a thumbprint. At the current presentation at Art + Practice, I was struck by the organic and bodily forms that Mosley is able to bring out of his material. The works are grounded in abstraction, materiality, and process, all of which coalesce into singular sculptures. 

On view: September 17, 2022–January 21, 2023

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Photo: Thaddeus Mosley, Forest (installation view) (2022). Image courtesy of the artist and Art + Practice. Photo: Joshua White.