Professor William Leete has been selected along with 30 international artists to participate in the exhibition Challenge VII: dysFUNctional sponsored by the Wood Turning Center. Challenge VII twists functional design into dysfunctional contemporary art. The artists designed components that work with and against each other’s in content, form, surface and movement-evoking humor, curiosity and suspicion. Challenge VII continues the series initiated by the Center in 1987. The mission of the Challenge series is to invite artists to free themselves to create a piece of unique and unexpected work that they never take time to make. William Leete states about his sculpture work Soul Seat: “Chairs have long been recognized as emblematic of the physical body, even of human expression and culture. Soul Seat embodies a sense of aspiration and pathos and of the interior self that others can never experience. The nature of the soul is a conundrum that each of us can solve for ourselves”. Artists from Australia, Canada, England, France, Italy and the United States are included in the exhibition. Challenge VII: dysFUNctional will be presented at the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 2, 2008 through January 17, 2009, followed by a three-year national tour.
Challenge VII: dysFUNctional 2008 Exhibit