R.W. Northcutt: Indigenous Genius
July 15 - August 26, 2011
1953 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006
Indigenous Genius, a fact-stretching installation by radical woodworker Rodd Northcutt, presents artifacts from Northcutt’s collection that chronicle the obscure yet poetic life of three wood-working animals: the beaver, the woodpecker and the termite. Sculptures, dioramas, drawings and audio portray animal artistry and ingenuity, including a pair of wooden shoes created by the combined efforts of woodpeckers and termites, beaver-inspired paraphernalia from the Fraternal Organization of Original Woodworkers, and diorama illustrating a 19th century American Luddite movement amongst the beaver population of St. Louis.