Unique metal objects on view at MMA


Photos by Jeanne Vollmer

by Cynthia Price

When the exhibit “Poetry in Metal” opened last Thursday at the Muskegon Museum of Art, artists David Barnhill and David Huang along with it.

In fact, Barnhill showed everyone how he works with the difficult material off and on during the day.

Barnhill and Huang collaborated to create the interesting and various pieces on display. In a technique called mokumé gane which mimics wood grains and similar surfaces, Barnhill adds texture to Huang’s fascinating shapes.

The two use a variety of metals and tools, but it is difficult to escape the relationship to functional metalworking, and their love of craft is evident. David Barnhill said that he keeps a notebook to record the temperatures he uses for his art because he combines so many metals that no one has experimented with before.

Visitors can see the exhibit until June 10.

Huang will be back for two additional events. On Thursday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m., he will demonstrate the techniques he uses for the base items, showing a piece off in various stages of completion.

On May 12, he will do another demo aimed at kids at the Metal Super Saturday family fun day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Both are free. There will be a cash bar for the adults at the first, and on May 12, there will also be the normal film and tours.



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