About the work
The Betty Boop Bench is made from American cherry and masterfully joined together with red oak splines. It is finished with Danish oil which is easily maintained. It can safely hold up to approximately 475kg/225 lbs. Maintenance instructions and a pint of Danish oil is included. Approximate net weight: 30kg/65 lbs. Works ships FOB Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87114, USA
The bench is named after the Harlem Cotton Club singer Esther Jones who was known by her stage name "Baby Esther", who popularized the phrase "Boop-Boop-BeDoo" from the song "I Wanna Be Loved by You", thus the name Betty Boop.
NOTE: The Betty Boop Bench as shown is available for immediate shipment. Other Benches can be orderd in different woods and dimensions. Prices will vary subject to wood and dimensions.
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About the artist
Mark Levin, sculptor & art furniture maker
"I like working simple, soft, sensual forms where the interplay of curves and movement create the core of my aesthetic, much of which is based on nature’s small wonders, flowers, leaves and fruit as well as the female form".
Mark Levin builds with solid wood for its intrinsic value, virility, and rapidity of execution. Surprisingly, the grain and beauty of the wood have little influence in the design conception for he visualizes new designs in matte black. Levin believes that if a piece has presence and dignity while camouflaged in black, the design will carry the soul and only then the wood’s beauty will manifest the personality.
Mark builds much of his work using the stack lamination process where smaller pieces of wood are glued together to form much larger pieces that he refers to as "blanks". This stack lamination process provides strength, scale, endless artistic possibilities. Once the blank is completed; he roughs out the work with chainsaws and automobile disk grinders. As the final form emerges, he tapers to more delicate power tools and finally hand tools to define the details and the perfectly baby-butt smooth curved surfaces.
Levin learned woodworking through the industrial arts program in junior high school and had his first commission, a blanket chest, while a high school senior. At college, he studied under Bobby Falwell, a graduate student of Wendell Castle. Immediately upon graduating college he opened his first shop in Evanston, Illinois. After a few detours and going down several one-way streets the wrong way, he set up a new shop in 2012 in Albuquerque, NM.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & AWARD
Mesa Arts Center, 40th Annual Crafts Exhibition, Mesa, AZ, 2019
Custom Woodworking & Design Portfolio, 1st Place Specialty Furniture, Handel Leaf Desk, Chicago, IL, 2013
Furniture with Soul, Featured Artist, Devon, England, 2011
Cincinnati Art Museum: Outside the Ordinary, Cincinnati, OH 2009
Mint Museum, Autumn Leaf Table, Permanent Collection, Charlotte, NC2007
HGTV Modern Masters, Featured Artist, Denver, CO 2006
Materials Hard and Soft, Denton, TX 2006 & 2019
American Crafts Exhibition, Evanston, IL, 2006
Smithsonian Fine Craft Show, Washington D.C., 2005
SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2005, 2006, 2008
American Crafts Council Show Juror, New York, NY, 2004
Marigold Arts, One Man Show, Santa Fe, NM 2002
NICHES Award 1st Place Furniture, Baltimore, MD 2002 and 2003