Roy Superior:
Patent Models for a Good Life

February 7 – April 19, 2014)

About Roy Superior: Patent Models for a Good Life

The Center for Art in Wood will host a visual biography of painter, sculptor, and wood worker, Roy Superior, featuring his functional furniture, pen and ink drawings, and patent models of imaginary machines. “Roy had a voracious appetite for the world,” said Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary. “He observed, appreciated, considered, questioned, and ate well. Then he returned the favor.”

“He invented, painted, carved, drew, sculpted, and venerated Italian food. The result of this good life was a collection of finely crafted furniture, sculpture, and drawings that reflects his philosophical mind, benevolent psyche, and humorous imagination.” The show includes several of Superior’s miniature-scale sculptures. These meticulously executed pieces are made from wood, antique ivory, paper, paint, and clay. Many have moving parts—spinning wooden propellers or delicate flapping wings. In each, Superior sought to depict the inner workings of the common man, to expose some universal insight into human nature. His respectfully irreverent commentary breathes new life into old ideas in such pieces as “Peace Missile” and his shrines to ham, cheese, and truffles.