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Theater & art

art review

Seeing beauty, messages in wood carvings at Fuller

BROCKTON — “Across the Grain: Turned and Carved Wood,” a sensualist’s delight now up at the Fuller Craft Museum, features more than 100 objects made by woodworkers who seem to have an almost spiritual need to let their material speak. Like sculptors chiseling at marble, artists who turn and carve wood remove outer layers, seeking some innate form within. They’re guided by what they find: rivers of grain, spalted areas discolored by fungus or disease, unruly beauty of a burl.

Yum. I’m a patsy for wood and can easily get lost in the majestic cracks and seams of Mark Lindquist’s lathe-turned, chain-saw-notched “Chieftain’s Bowl,” a brawny urn made of spalted maple burl. Then there’s woodworking master Rude Osolnik’s “Vessel,” an entirely more delicate take on spalted maple, a small, tilting golden bowl written over with grain in the manner of a topological map. The wood seems yet alive with texture, line, and tone.

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