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Jacques Vesery at Le Laboratoire Cambridge

  • Le Laboratoire Cambridge 650 East Kendall Street Cambridge, MA 02142 (map)

Over the last few years the Maine-based artist Jacques Vesery has collaborated with international artists around the annual Wood Day celebration that occurs somewhere in the world at the time of the spring solstice.  Vesery's collaborative art projects bring original public art installations into communities from Tibet to Turkey while framing deeply meaningful aesthetic collaborations of the kind that are increasingly appearing around the world in the contexts of food, ceramics, writing, robots, and other creative forms.  Vesery has these last two years worked with Harvard University students via (Laboratoire founder) David Edwards' class How to Create Things & Have Them Matter to explore the relevance of aesthetic creating to the learning of the cognitive and emotive dimensions of creating a world we all wish to live in.  

Sparking, the 26th experiment of Le Laboratoire, examines the work of Jacques Vesery in this context of the Grassroots Aesthetic Movement over a three-month period during which Vesery works with a new team of students and travels to Asia for the most recent Wood Day collaboration.   

Sparking contributes to Le Lab's next experiment, with architect Andrew Witt, which starts with an exciting dinner at Cafe ArtScience on April 23, 2018, during which Vesery will share the experience of Wood Day 2018.  


Artist/ Sculptor from Damariscotta Jacques Vesery has lived in Maine for over 25 years. Striving to create an illusion of reality, his vision and inspiration begins with repetitive patterns derived from the 'golden mean' or 'divine proportions'. The marriage of pattern, form and proportion conveys a sense of growth from within each of his pieces.

His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Honolulu, Yale University Art Gallery, Peabody-Essex Museum and The Carnegie Museum. He is a Maine Arts Commission Fellow for 2000 and received the title of "Master Craft Artist" and lifetime membership from the Maine Crafts Association in 2011.

Jacques has lectured on design and concepts within his work in France, Italy, Turkey, China, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Nepal and 28 US states at such locations as Journees Mondiales du Tournage D'art Sur Bois Congres, Loughborough University, Anderson Ranch, `Aha Hana Lima- Hawaii and Haystack Mt. School.

He has been included in over 28 publications including ''100 Artists of New England'' released in the spring of 2011. Other books include 'Scratching the Surface', 'Wood Art Today', 'Natured Transformed' and 'New Masters of Woodturning'.

Jacques has also curated the following exhibitions; 'A Nation of Enchanted Form: Woodturning Artists Across North America' 2005, 'Far From The Tree: An Evolutionary View of Contemporary Woodturning' [co-curated] 2007, In the Palm of Your Hand' 2009, "National Treasures - History in the Making" [co-curated] and several others. He has also juried many events and exhibits world-wide. 


Exhibition Dates:  January 29, 2018 - April 16, 2018

Earlier Event: January 27
Marta Chilindron at the deCordova
Later Event: January 30
James McAnally at SMFA at Tufts