John Garrett

Beyond the Basket

John Garrett The Builder's BasketJohn Garrett The Builder's Basket

The Builder’s Basket, 1999
Oxidized steel, aluminum, miscellaneous metal findings, c-clamps, springs, partial yardstick, vintage steel skate components, aluminum louvers, metal cigarette boxes, house numbers, drawer pull, circuit board, metal mesh, electrical conduit, tin, copper tubing, fan covers, washers, nuts, latches, steel and copper rivets: 17.75″ x 20″ x 21″Lent by the artist

John Garrett was raised in southern New Mexico by parents who were both educators. They instilled in him an appreciation for the handmade with their collections of Native American arts and crafts. Following his own desire to make things by hand, he enrolled in a weaving class taught by Marion Stewart at Scripps College in 1970. His intrigue with the tools, systems, and materials involved in weaving and other textile constructions led him to take other courses with Neda Al-Hilali a year later, also at Scripps. He did graduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with Bernard Kester and Vasa. He taught at various schools in the Los Angeles area from 1972 to 1988. He returned to New Mexico in 1990 to live in Los Chavez and Taos before settling in Albuquerque in 1996. He has continued to exhibit his work and teach workshops on creativity and alternative sculptural basket making throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. His work has been widely acquired by museums and collectors.

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