The current issue of The Journal of Modern Craft carries a review of The Tool at Hand exhibition (scroll down or click April 2012 and December 2011 for earlier posts on the project). Jennifer Geigel Mikulay, Assistant Professor of Communication and Technology, Alverno College, Milwaukee presents a clear reading of the works in the show and an evident grasp of the task facing the participating artists. Jennifer writes, “…the participating artists raise concerns through their chosen tools and materials to offer critical stimulus to contemporary dialog about making”.

I am particularly gratified that Jennifer drew upon the work that I made, “With his super-tool, Gates makes visible the important relationship between an artist’s skill and the strategic use of tools. By emphasizing strategy and adaptation of a tool made specifically for the exhibition’s task, Gates’s work is also and example of creative problem solving within the context of constraint at the heart of ‘The Tool at Hand’.”


Mikulay, J.G. Exhibition Review. The Tool at Hand. The Journal of Modern Craft. Vol 5 – Issue 3. October 2012. pp351-354. Berg Publications.

The exhibition will tour to Philadelphia Art Alliance PA; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, TX; and Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR during 2013

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