Made to Play: Pamela Weir-Quiton

With more than fifty years of woodworking under her tool belt, Craft in America presents a retrospective of functional wood sculpture by artist Pamela Weir-Quiton, a bonafide Los Angeles treasure whose work defies categorization. The exhibition will feature approximately forty objects that reflect Weir-Quiton’s decades-long consideration of the concept of play, from stylized dolls to large scale circus animals for climbing and adult-sized animal rockers.

Weir-Quiton’s modernist and geometric take on three-dimensional design is very much in the vein of mid-century graphic design, calling to mind the stylized animals of Charley Harper and the compositions of Italian post-WWII legends Bruno Munari and Franco Grignani. Her objects are paired-down, essential forms in which details are collapsed as surface lines and patterns. Her sleek, smooth treatment of wood makes for durable, yet whimsical sculptures that speak to the inner child in all of us, reminding everyone to let go, find bliss in beauty, and hopefully, take life a bit less seriously.

On view at the Craft in America Center October 13 – December 1, 2018.

Photos by Madison Metro