The Tool at Hand

Organized by Milwaukee Art Museum in collaboration with the Chipstone Foundation

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The Tool at Hand project website

A compilation of resources including video, images, and critical writing related to The Tool at Hand, organized by the Chipstone Foundation in partnership with Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Tool at Hand . org

October 02, 2013 – January 11, 2014

Curated by: Ethan Lasser

The Chipstone Foundation invited 14 contemporary artists from the US and UK to break from their usual practice and make a work of art with one tool alone. The Tool at Hand presents these finished works and the tools used to craft them together with short videos produced by each artist. For a group of artists who are accustomed to working with considerable tool kits in a range of materials including metal, wood, paint, clay, as well as with non-traditional tools such as dental drills and 3D printers, this commission presented a thought-provoking challenge. Paired with Bridge City Tools, The Tool at Hand sparks important conversations about the nature of skill, production and tool use today and will be accompanied by artist residencies.


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