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The Zaftig Pear Coffee Table is the most successful piece from the Fruit Series and is made from American ash. It is initially roughed out with chainsaws and disc grinders and then refined with lighter duty power carving tools and hand tools. The finish is polyurethane which is very durable and needs virtually no maintenance. The stem is removable and held in place with rare earth magnets. The approximate weight of the work is 242k/110 lbs and ships in a full wood crate FOB Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87114, USA.

NOTE: The Zaftig Pear Coffee Table as shown is available for immediate shipment. Other Pear Coffee Tables can be orderd in different woods and dimensions. Prices will vary subject to wood and dimensions.

 

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".

STATEMENT:
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.

TECHNIQUE:
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.

TRAINING:
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


 

Specifications

PublisherMark Levin
Certificate of authenticityIncluded
SignatureIncluded

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