The Poetry of Metal: David Barnhill and David Huang

March 1 through June 10, 2018

David Barnhill and David Huang are craftsmen and artists, merging a love of material with intricate surface design, tooling, and metallurgy. Their collaborative series, Layered Resplendence, blends the unique patterns of Barnhill’s mokumé gane with Huang’s sculptural vessels, adding further complexity and surface variation to their respective artistry. Taken as a whole, their complementary and shared bodies of work speak to the timelessness of metal working, and the enduring fascination both the material and its crafting engender. Whether beaten from a copper or mokumé gane disc, the sculptures within this exhibition are a merging of craft and aesthetic, a blend of the beauty of material and design. Timeless, meditative, and precious, these metalworking masterworks fascinate and delight.



Metalworking Demo with David Barnhill
Thursday, March 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Meets at the MMA loading dock
Artist David Barnhill will demonstrate his techniques throughout the day.

Opening Event

Thursday, March 1, 5:30 pm Reception/7:00 pm Program
The MMA invites the public an opening reception for its new exhibition Poetry in Metal, which features sculpture by David Barnhill and David Huang. The reception starts at 5:30 pm and is followed by a presentation by artist David Huang. Event is free and light refreshments will be provided. Cash bar.

Crash Course Demo with David Huang
Thursday, April 26, 6:00 pm
Join artist David Huang as he demonstrates his metal working techniques and shares a vessel in various stages of completion. Free admission. Cash bar.

Metal Super Saturday with David Huang
Free Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Film, tours, and special artist demo, 10:00 am to noon, with artist David Huang.
Super Saturdays are underwritten by Arconic Foundation/Whitehall Operations.

The Poetry of Metal is underwritten by DTE Energy Foundation. Additional support provided by Michigan Artists Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio.