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January 14, 2004

Veg-Art

Craig Nutt is a Tennessee sculptor and furniture maker. His works are often playful interpretations of fruits and vegetables, and some are being shown at the Frist Center For Visual Arts in Nashville through January 18th. The Nashville City Paper ran a piece on Nutt and his show last week:

Nutt did “very traditional and serious” furniture before venturing into the vegetable shapes. While gardening, he noticed that the organic forms resembled the formal lines and details of traditional furniture. So Nutt began to experiment with shapes and colors while keeping the pieces user-friendly and “plausible.” His pieces are playful, with rubarb “Queen Anne” table legs, okra pedestals, carrots turned out in a “French foot,” and hot-pepper seat-back spindles, but hand-constructed using traditional techniques.


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