About The Artist
Gwynn Oak, MD
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My mother was a painter and my father was a classical musician. I received a BA from the SUNY Binghamton and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I have built artwork on commission for private and public clients including such firms as Bill Graham Presents. In 1999 I was a founding member of the Crucible, a school devoted to linking the arts, industry, and community in Berkeley, CA. I also co-direct the collaborative art group Grendel's Mother with artist Trisha Kyner.
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When teaching I like to remind my students that drawing is not about producing an object. I tell them it is about a way of looking and thinking. The irony of this is that my own drawings are very much objects because I am using a metal rod for a line. I am drawing with steel, on the table or the floor, and welding this together. The basic building blocks of my work, it's sculptural grammar, are drawing and collage. I use a chain hoist and various other forms of support while building pieces in the round. Creatures, body parts, and patterns are often made individually and once accumulated then combined and arranged.