Wooden Sculptures by Jesse Mischel on display at the Village location.
Jesse Mischel is a professional finish carpenter who has become increasingly interested in creating sculptures. In particular, the sphere is a source of continuing interest. Spheres are symbols of perfection, purity, and fertility, and they do not lend themselves to construction using typical woodworking techniques. Jesse Mischel’s approach, then, is to create approximations of a sphere that highlight the perfection of the sphere as a concept while celebrating the corporeality and craftsmanship of the physical representation. Some of his smaller “sphere approximations” are on display here.
Recently, he created a very different kind of sculpture, “4 x Forearm,” a carving of his own forearm from a piece of 4×4 walnut. The pose of the hand, which is slightly cramped and presses against the surface upon which it rests, emphasizes the confinement of the animate form within the dimensional material. He thinks it’s pretty dope.