Acts of Chairs Exhibit to Open at the Prichard Art Gallery

Friday, October 5 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Prichard Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, Acts of Chairs, sets out to tell the stories a chair might have in its lifetime through an interactive installation. The exhibit will run Oct. 12 – Dec. 1 at the Prichard Art Gallery.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 from 5-8 p.m. at the Prichard Art Gallery. Michael Hosaluk will lecture about his work on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. in Teaching and Learning Center, room 040. He also will give a woodturning demonstration on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1-5 p.m. in the Sculpture Center/Art and Architecture East on campus. Registration information can be found at The registration fee is $30 for the general public and $10 for students.

Hosaluk chose to exhibit chairs for their universality. People use them every day as they work, dine, rest and socialize. As such, they’re forms people interact with and to which they easily interact.

He uses chair frames with four legs and backs – but he’s removed their seats. In this condition, the chairs become a building block for people to use. Gallery guests are welcome to play with the chairs, rearrange them in patterns, organize them in groupings, stack them and build with them. Viewers of the exhibit are encouraged to respond to the displays that other visitors have created and leave something for others.

Through his exploration of the chair, Hosaluk has not only employed with chairs as building blocks but he’s personified chairs and treated them like characters in a story.

“There are many strategies that artists use to involve gallery visitors. Michael’s approach is one of the most accessible for both the art savvy and those who just like the idea of building blocks regardless of their age. People will have a hard time avoiding the fun that can be had with chairs,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery.

Hosulak was born in 1954 in Invernay, Saskatchewan. There, he taught himself the art of woodcarving. He has lectured on and demonstrated, across the world, several new methods he invented. Hosaluk has also carved small wooden chairs and then cast each one in bronze. Through the casting process, the wood was burned away and replaced with liquid metal.

Hosaluk’s interest in chairs began after his father’s death when he found a chest full of spindles and chair parts. His father restored antique furniture for a living and collected parts that might be needed to repair chairs. Hosaluk created his first chair exhibit, titled Shrine, as a memorial to his father.

Hosaluk is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and earlier this year became an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Saskatchewan Crafts Council. He is active on the Steering Committee of the Furniture Society of North America and is on its advisory board. Hosaluk is also recognized internationally as one of the world’s most creative wood turners.

He has lectured and demonstrated extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Norway and Israel. In 2003, he participated in the French Association of Turned Wood’s conference Artistic Woodturning Worldwide in Puy St. Martin, France. Hosaluk has also been the coordinator of the biennial International Wood Furniture/Turning Conference since 1982.

Hosaluk’s pieces can be found in the permanent collections of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace; Zhao Xiu, Governor of Jilin Province, China; Idemitsu Corporation, Tokyo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Detroit Institute of Arts; Yale University Art Gallery; Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Royal Ontario Museum.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. The Prichard Art Gallery hours are: Tuesdays -Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho College of Art & Architecture, is located at 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow. Additional information is available at  
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