Patrick Dougherty, Whiplash, 2016, photograph by Keay Edwards.
"My affinity for trees as a material seems to come from a childhood spent wandering the forest around Southern Pines, North Carolina...When I turned to sculpture as an adult, I was drawn to sticks as a plentiful and renewable resource." --Patrick Dougherty
Whiplash, 2016, by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty was created during a three-week artist residency in November. His sustainable willow material came from upstate New York, and was shaped in a process similar to basketry, but which the artist describes as akin to drawing. Patrick has created more than 275 monumental, site-specific sculptures on the grounds of museums, universities, botanical gardens, and private residences worldwide. His compelling sculptures evoke woodland architecture or gargantuan nests.
Whiplash was supported by the Palo Alto Art Center, the Palo Alto Public Art Program, and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, with support from William Reller, Pat Bashaw and Eugene Segre, Catharine and Dan Garber, Barbara Jones, Nicki and Pete Moffat, Nancy Mueller, Anne and Craig Taylor, the Acton Family Fund, and more than 40 community donors to the Foundation's first crowdfunding initiative.
The Art Center's Main Gallery is currently closed for reinstallation of our next exhibition, Spectral Hues, which opens on January 21, 2017.