It is an inspiring moment when out of an inert mass drawn from nature we set out to produce an object never before seen, an object to enhance the world. Above all, a tree will live again. Working with wood allows me to explore the way we interact with objects in our daily lives; how their shapes, and the orientation of those shapes, affect our perceptions of them. The straight lines and square corners that are so prevalent in our constructed environment create a regimented constrained feeling that confines us. We are so isolated from nature that we are no longer comfortable with the non-linear. By exploring the interaction of curves with other curves and straight lines, and by orienting those lines in unexpected directions, I strive to break the confining nature of our mass produced culture. My desire is to create objects that both surprise and delight the senses.
Forest Gagné was born in 1992, raised in a rural town just outside of Portland, ME, and he spent his childhood fascinated with nature. Once he learned to express himself and imitate nature through painting, the arts commanded his main focus. He received his BFA degree in 2014 from Maine College of Art with a concentration in Woodworking & Furniture Design. Forest recently spent five months immersed in Shanghai, China, where he studied architecture and design. His current body of work seeks to manifest an equilibrium between architectural theory and its direct connection to nature through physical and metaphysical frameworks.
1. Verticality (Architectural Study No. 1) , 2014, White Oak, Wenge, Glass, and Hardware, 20″ X 29″ X 7′
2. Horizontality (Architectural Study No. 2), 2012, White Oak, Baltic Birch Plywood, Wenge, Lignum Vitae, and Glass, 38.5″ X 13″ X 57″
3. Covalent Archetype (X2), 2014, White Oak, Lignum Vitae, aluminum, plexiglass, silicone, various wires, Photovoltaic cells, pony beads, hardware, 3′ X 4′ X 66″
4. Covalent Archetype (X2), 2014, White Oak, Lignum Vitae, aluminum, plexiglass, silicone, various wires, Photovoltaic cells, pony beads, hardware, 3′ X 4′ X 66″
5. Harmonious Consensus, 2014, Cocobolo and White Oak, 40″ X 10″ X 25″
6. Studio Portrait