For six decades, Thaddeus Mosley has taken felled trees near his home in Pittsburgh and transformed them into inventive abstract forms. The Nasher’s presentation of abstract walnut sculptures, created from 2015 onward, rewards close looking. The range and expertise of Mosley’s woodworking techniques—carving, chiseling, and joining—are revealed as light shimmers along each work’s surface. From a distance, they stand together and unlock shapeshifting experiences before the eye. Mosley describes his compositional experimentation as the pursuit of presence, “the alchemy of turning something neutral into something alive.”
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About Thaddeus Mosley
Thaddeus Mosley (b. 1926, New Castle, PA) is a Pittsburgh-based artist whose monumental sculptures are crafted with the felled trees of Pittsburgh’s urban canopy, via the city’s Forestry Division. His work has been exhibited by major museums and foundations since 1959, including the Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the occasion of the 57th Edition of the Carnegie International (2018). His work is held in public collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York; and the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. He was commissioned for the 2020 edition of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, New York. Mosley is the recipient of the 2022 Isamu Noguchi Award.