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Ross Peterson

Another work made with particular sensitivity to the character of specific pieces of wood is Charleen’s Bench by Ross Peterson of Hanover, Minnesota. Attentive to the curve in a fine walnut plank, Peterson let it generate the bench’s design, and the result is a fully realized work of functional sculpture. The progression of its three separate elements—from the dark wenge slabs of the legs through the connectors of pale figured maple to the walnut of the seat—clearly articulates the musical logic of its structure. Peterson’s design for his music stands reads the same way, as a sequence of musical passages. Sheet music rests against pieces of rare figured woods that have been resawn (i.e., split in half, so that they read like Rorschach blots) and spread open like the wings of exotic butterflies. Peterson has made at least 30 of these stands, no two alike. One of them was purchased by the U.S. State Department as a gift to the Ambassador of Japan.

— From Glenn Gordon's essay, Sculpture Designed to be Used.

  • Ross Peterson, Charleen's Bench
    Charleen’s Bench, 2002. Walnut, wenge, and tiger maple. 17" H x 45" W x 16" D.
  • Charleen’s Bench
    Charleen’s Bench
  • Charleen’s Bench
    Charleen’s Bench