Antique Co-op holding art, furniture exhibit

Courtesy photo "Yarley," oil, wax and graphite on panel by Christopher Myott.

MILFORD – New Hampshire Antique Co-op is presenting “Peter Sandback and Christopher Myott: Two New Hampshire Artists and Their Modernist Visions,” a furniture and paintings exhibit of works by these Monadnock Region artists.

A reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Upstairs Gallery. Enjoy an afternoon of wine, cheese and fine art while touring this first-ever collaborative exhibit of original handcrafted furniture and contemporary paintings. Sandback and Myott will be available to answer questions and discuss their methods and inspirations.

Sandback has gained a national reputation for his intricate pattern work of inlaid nails set into minimalist handmade tables, benches and other functional forms that he designs and builds. Each piece is signed by the artist, complete with a cast pewter piece of chewing gum (cast from actual gum chewed by one of Sandback’s three daughters!) stuck under the table.

Sandback was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was immersed in the art world. His father, Fred Sandback (1943-2003), had a studio in Soho in New York City and gained international acclaim in the 1960s as a minimalist sculptor known for his yarn sculptures, drawings and prints.

Sandback is a 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Honoree, and has regularly exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, held annually in New York City. Sandback received a BFA in industrial design from the University of Michigan and an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to San Francisco’s Bay Area, where in 1992 he founded his furniture business. Since 1994, he has maintained a studio in Harrisville.

Myott’s paintings draw from growing up in the rural Northeast, and they explore his fascination with the industrial decay littering the New England landscape. He is inspired by the oil-soaked color palette of mid-century America and how it has weathered over the years.

Myott treats the surface of his paintings like a carving, using graphite sticks, palette knives and handmade tools to scratch into wet paint. Layers of furniture wax and varnish are applied to highlight paint strokes and hard edges created during the painting process. His art is an effort to distill compositions and colors into strong, flat, enduring imagery.

In 2005, Myott received a BS in studio arts at Chester College, and thereafter he spent two years living and working in Boston. After an apprenticeship at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Myott returned to the Monadnock Region, where he currently lives. He works out of his three-story barn studio, which is dedicated to making paintings, creating furniture and rebuilding vintage motorcycles.

Myott’s work has been featured in Iron and Air Magazine, Yankee Magazine and other publications. His work can also be found in the permanent collection at Southern New Hampshire University, as well as private collections across the United States and Europe. Myott’s roster of group and solo exhibitions includes Stel’s (Boston), Sharon Arts Gallery and the New Hampshire Regional Art Auction.

– Submitted by New Hampshire Antique Co-op

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