Studio Technician for the Art and Architecture Department and artisan woodworker Patrick Kana ’12 has arranged a collection of his recent woodworks that are currently on display in the Little Gallery of the Davis Gallery at Houghton House this semester until Oct. 3.
Titled “Form Exploration through Furniture and Objects,” the gallery includes a range of cast and carved pieces, as well as assembled furniture made solely from wood. There will be a reception for Kana at the Davis Gallery on Friday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.
With significant interest in botany and marine biology, Kana uses the two as a primary inspiration for his works. His creations are a blending of his passion for designing functional objects with sensitivity to the natural world. Kana calls this work his “current state of design sensibility and interest,” and says that “none of it would be possible without the design foundation and support received here at HWS.”
Kana’s exhibit is the first of a series of small exhibitions featuring HWS art students, past and present. Visual Arts Curator Kathryn Vaughn P’08 speaks highly of Kana’s work, noting that “Patrick is an accomplished woodworker and makes well-designed and well-crafted furniture and objects.” Vaughn says Kana’s work is functional and “outside of the range of our usual offerings and thus enhances the visual and intellectual opportunities we offer to students and the community.”
After graduating from Hobart and William Smith in 2012 where he was a double major in architectural studies and studio art, and a member of the sailing team, Kana went on to complete his MFA in furniture design at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. He also completed two long-term apprenticeships in furniture making. Kana’s collection is comprised of works created between the years 2012 and 2015, the years between his graduation from and his return to HWS.