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David K. Chatt: Objects of Wonder from Tiny Beads

 

David K. Chatt, Red Stinger, glass beads, thread, time, 33 inches long

For nearly forty years, I have sewn tiny glass beads, one to the next,” says artist David K. Chatt. During this time David has painstakingly developed methods for creating sculpture and jewelry from sewn beads–beads alone and beads encasing objects–and he is one of a small group of artists who have made a place for beadwork in the world of contemporary art and craft. He is one of three featured artists at Penland’s annual benefit auction where he will be represented by an intriguing wearable piece titled Red Stinger (pictured here).

His work has taken him all over the country as a lecturer and teacher, and it has been chronicled in books and periodicals and recognized with a retrospective exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington. At Penland he has been an instructor, a resident artist, a student, an employee, and a neighbor.

In 2019, David won the Grand Prize at the Irish Glass Biennale. In 2021, one of his pieces was purchased by the Renwick Gallery of the American Art Museum (DC) and is included in its current 50th anniversary show.

“I make art,” David says, “because I want to contribute, discover, understand, inspire, reach for the very edge of my potential, and say something true.”

To learn more about David and see more of his work, please watch the video below, or visit his website (but watch the video first).

Penland’s Annual Benefit Auction takes place on August 26-27, 2002 with online bidding on some pieces continuing through September 2. David’s piece will be sold in the live auction on August 27; absentee bidding is available. Complete auction information here.

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0 to 60 in Manhattan

Left: Richard Hughes, Untitled (Triptick), 2009, cast polyurethane, 12⁄1 2 × 14 × 2⁄1 2 inches, courtesy of the artist, Anton Kern Gallery, NY, and Hall Collection. © 2009 Richard Hughes, Anton Kern Gallery, N.Y., and Hall Collection; Photo: Thomas Müller. Right: Dan Estabrook, The Kiss, 2011, unique gum bichromate print with watercolor, 18 x 15 inches, collection of Allen G. Thomas, Jr., Wilson, N.C. © Dan Estabrook. Reproduction courtesy of Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York.
Left: Richard Hughes, Untitled (Triptick), 2009, cast polyurethane, 12⁄1 2 × 14 × 2⁄1 2 inches, courtesy of the artist, Anton Kern Gallery, NY, and Hall Collection. © 2009 Richard Hughes, Anton Kern Gallery, N.Y., and Hall Collection; Photo: Thomas Müller. Right: Dan Estabrook, The Kiss, 2011, unique gum bichromate print with watercolor, 18 x 15 inches, collection of Allen G. Thomas, Jr., Wilson, N.C. © Dan Estabrook. Reproduction courtesy of Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York.

 

0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art will open on November 21 at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City. The exhibition, co-organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art and Penland School of Crafts, includes works that explore time as a theme–real time, virtual time, historical time, recorded time, manipulated time, or the passage of time.

 

This version of the exhibition (which was on-view at the NCMA in the spring and summer of 2013) includes work by Penland instructors Dan Bailey, Jana Brevick, David Chatt, Sonya Clark, Alison Collins and Dan Estabrook.

 

The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday, November 21, 6-8 pm, at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street. The exhibition runs through January 25, 2014.

 

Artists included in 0 to 60 at Pratt include:

Caetano de Almeida
Dan Bailey
Walead Beshty
Jana Brevick
Paul Chan
David Chatt
Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao
Sonya Clark
Alison Collins
Dan Estabrook
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Lisa Hoke
Tehching Hsieh
Richard Hughes
Rafeal Lozano-Hemmer
Peter Matthews
David Shapiro