Artist Lecture: Derek Weidman

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Join us for an inspiring artist lecture with woodturner Derek Weidman. At the heart of many of his works he treats the lathe almost as an unusual camera, with every subject passing through its lens adding to a visually novel circular zoo of animals.

Weidman, born in 1982, lives in rural Pennsylvania a bit outside the city of Philadelphia. Initially studying philosophy in college, but a born artist, he chose to follow in the path of his father who was a bird carver. When he began turning in 2003 he approached the lathe as a sculptor, primarily exploring and pushing the boundaries of multi-axis turning. His main effort was trying to create a visually descriptive and versatile language born out of the arcing and circular cuts of a lathe, and has spent well over a decade now building up a vocabulary of shapes and cuts.

There is a tension in Weidman's work and process where the organic meets the industrial, wood to metal, nature to machines, that speaks appropriately of our place as humans on the Earth, and trying to find a suitable way to coexist harmoniously with nature, while still progressing as a species.

For more information about Derek Weidman visit http://www.derekweidman.com/derek-weidman-gallery.htm

Thanks to a grant from the Richard L. Snyder Fund and Greater Pike Community Foundation, we are excited to offer virtual lectures by curated professional artists. Normally held at the Pike County Public Library in Milford, PA, we are thrilled to now bring them to you virtually through Zoom every other Wednesday!

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