Thursday, March 27, 2014

Corrugated Cardboard Furniture and Sculpture - Jason Schneider

While googling paper museums recently (oh the things I do for fun :)) I came across Elevated Corrugated [edit: link no longer available], an exhibit that opens on April 5 at The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. It will feature cardboard sculptures created by ten artists, one of whom is Jason Schneider.

I think you'll enjoy seeing these fascinating images that demonstrate Jason's appreciation of the lowly material and his ability to transform it. Of course, lowly doesn't apply when he takes cardboard in hand.

corrugated cardboard, ash, milk paint
40" x 17"

Jason's BFA and MFA degrees are in Furniture Design. Although his training material was wood, he  told me, "I think in corrugated cardboard. I approach my work as a woodworker, having access to a state of the art woodshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center [in Snowmass Village, Colorado]. The tools I use most are the table saw, bandsaw, the woodturning lathe and sanders and grinders." 

corrugated cardboard, ash, milk paint
17" x 36"
SPIN is a small chest of drawers made of corrugated cardboard and ash. Each drawer unit is resting on a lazy susan, allowing the piece to rotate to an infinite number of drawer arrangements.

"A big part of my interest in working with corrugated cardboard is starting with a flat sheet of familiar cardboard stock and building the layers up to something that I can take to the machines. I can change the direction of the corrugations and ultimately change the visual texture and transparency of the forms I make. I often combine painted wood elements to complement and help support the cardboard."

corrugated cardboard, poplar, milkpaint
approx. 5" x 4" diameter

Jason looks at creating cardboard furniture, sculpture, and two-dimensional artwork as "an exciting challenge that often results in a surprisingly elegant, and sometimes whimsical, surface and form."

corrugated cardboard, plaster
5" x 10" diameter

He is currently the Studio Coordinator of the Furniture Design and Woodworking program at the Anderson Arts Ranch Center where he will teach two woodworking workshops in June. A Corrugated Cardboard workshop is scheduled for the summer of 2015.

corrugated cardboard, ash, milkpaint
42" x 6" x 8"

June 13-15 of this year, Jason will be demonstrating how to turn corrugated cardboard at the American Association of Woodturners Annual Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona.
corrugated cardboard, ash, milk paint
16" x 16" x 24" each 

corrugated cardboard and plaster
12" x 5

See more examples of Jason Schneider's work on his website.


Melissa Kojima said...

Wow! If cardboard furniture looks like that, gimme some! Very cool!

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Amazing stuff. That's a very fun museum. I used to go pretty regularly when we lived in the Bay area.

Sabina said...

Wow, I love your blog!! I've just discovered it and you are already placed on my bookmarks bar! I'm a paper lover myself, and I'm in awe with the stuff I'm finding through your posts!

SUGANTHI said...

AMAZING!. How beautifully the card boards are arranged to look like rings in wood!!

Jan Castle said...

Stunning work!

paperzen said...

Amazing work! He transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Can't take cardboard for granted anymore.

Ann Martin said...

Welcome Sabina, I'm glad you're here!

Kim said...

Sweet! I wonder if he does something to the cardboard so it doesn't compress over time?

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