Don Myhre ~ Washington

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Myhre: "An artist might choose a medium such as oil or bronze with which to work. My media are stuff and things. I make mixed media constructions by combining, arranging, and attaching various elements. The elements might be wood, metal, plastic, or found objects - both natural and manufactured. The resulting works reflect my interest in concepts of reality and perception. My conceptual concerns are balanced by attention to design, selection of materials, and craftsmanship.

"I made my first artist's book in 1985. Since then most of my work revolves around the book form. This form brings with it historical and metaphorical connotations as well as physical and tactical qualities. Equally important are the elements of sequence, progression, and surprise. Think of my books as handheld, hinged sculptures.

"My constructions reflect my thoughts and feelings as well broader ideas. Besides the form of and imagery in a piece, the craftsmanship and materials also contribute to its content and meaning. While the content and meaning may be personal or obscure, my hope is that viewers will - through contemplation and reflection - discover their own interpretation and understanding of the work."

   

Kimono shaped Books by Myhre
Photo book sculptures
Prickly books by Myhre
Visual Puns in the form of sculptural books
Totally wood sculptural books

 
   

Clearly Cut
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 2004. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 4 x 1.25" closed; 8 x 4" open. Two hinged pages. Sculptural book of fiberboard, metal cookie cutter, and metal.

On the front board is a metal cookie cutter shaped like a Christmas tree sitting on tan fiberboard; on the second board is a tan fiberboard shape that could have been cut from the cookie cutter sitting on a piece of metal.
$150


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Kimono Books: In this section are books constructed using the T-shape associated with the design of a Japanese kimono.

Don Myhre: "I often stick with or return to an image, a theme, or a material to create a loose series. My unique books are strictly one of a kind - I don't make more copies or duplicates. Too many ideas, too little time!

" The kimono photos are dry mounted on museum board, which is attached to a wood base using PVA. All the photos used in the books are traditional darkroom (silver gelatin) prints on fiber based paper. As with many of the photos in the pieces, the Blackberry Kimono image is a multiple photograph made with 2 or more exposures on the photo paper."

 

Marquee Kimono
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 2002. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 4 x 1.5" closed; 5 x 8 x .75" open. Two hinged pages. Wooden sculptural book made with acrylic, metal, mirror, paint, and photograph. Photographs dry mounted on the top of the second board.

On the front board a mirror and piece of white plastic form the Kimono T. Inside, mimicking those shapes, a t-shaped composite photo parallels those initial shapes. The cross piece, in place of the mirror, shows a reversed section of movie marquis advertising Harry Potter and Frida. The parallel between the autobiographical image (a literal look at oneself) in the mirror and the mirror image of a marquis advertising two quasi-biographical films is going somewhere. The space occupied (on page one) by the white plastic is taken over by a black photo (the negative) compounding the motif.
$210


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Poplar Kimono
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 1994. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 4 x 1.5" closed; 6 x 8 x .75" open. Two hinged pages. Wooden sculptural book with dry mounted photographs of poplar trees.

Inset in a rectangle cut from the front board is a T shape. The cross member is a consistent light gray; the vertical member is a severely cropped photograph of barren poplar trees. The second page reveals a more expansive picture of those poplar trees, alongside an empty highway, their tops thrusting into a gray sky.
$210


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Prickly Books: Here Myhre's constructions use photographs of pine cones and roses to conjure thoughts of emotions - desire, repentance, recrimination, revelation.
 

Fragment of Desire
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 1998. One-of-a-Kind.

4.75 x 3.75 x 1" closed; 4.75 x 7.5 x .5". Two acrylic hinged pages, one black, one white.

Page one is black acrylic onto which is riveted a piece of metal into which slits have been punched with the punched metal fashioned into rows of thorn-like protrusions. On these thorns a black-and-white photograph of a rose bloom has been impaled. The second page is composed of two clear acrylic pieces between which a Polaroid transfer of the same rose has been placed.
$200


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Don Myhre: "I make mixed media constructions by combining, arraigning and connecting various elements. The elements might be wood, metal, plastic or found objects - both natural and manufactured. The resulting works reflect my interest in concepts of reality and perception."
   
All Meshed Up
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

4.5 x 4.5 x 1.25", 2 panels hinged. Materials: fiberboard, plastic mesh, paint.

Don Myhre: "Finally a use (albeit puny) for some of the plastic mesh I have collected."
$75

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Only wood sculptural books with natural image projections
   
Chip Off the Old Block #1
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

5.125 x 4.5 x 2.125"; 2 pages (one opening). Wooden hinged book. Signed and dated by the artist.

Don Myhre: "A chip found in the woodshed undergoes a transformation."
$195

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High Low/Up Down
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

4.8 x 3.75 x 2.25" closed; 4.8 x 7.75 x 1"open. Two hinged wooden pages.

Each page has a rectangular recess in which sits an inset block of cedar. On the first page the block sits partially jutting out on a small lip and its grain is strikingly concave; on the second page the block sits slightly recessed in the recess and its grain is convex.
$375


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Photo book sculptures: Here Myhre builds a construction around a single photograph - sometimes found, sometimes taken by him.
 

The Mountain: Shared Secrets
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 1998. One-of-a-Kind.

4.5 x 7 x 1.6 closed; 4.5 x 14 x .8" open. Two hinged wooden page. Photograph dry mounted on the top of the second board.

Inset in an opening cut from the front board – proscenium arch? window opening with sill? – is a photograph of Mount Rainer. Dry mounted on the second page is the negative image of the Mount Rainer photograph. On the reverse side of the second page the wood grain resembles a mountain with a knot much like the mouth of a volcano at its top.

The Mountain: Shared Secrets” was created for an exhibition of work for the 100th anniversary of Mt. Rainer Park.
$325


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3 - 6 - 9
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

5.25 x 3.75 x 1"; 2 boards hinged. Materials: wood, fiberboard.

Don Myhre: "Simple math, simple shapes. The blocks inside are all sawn from the same piece of wood but at different angles to reveal various grain patterns."
(SOLD)

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Becoming Africa Becoming
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 2000. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 5.5 x 1" closed; 10.75 x 5.5" open.. Two hinged pages. Sculptural book with found metal object, fiberboard, and acrylic.

Page one is a found metal object, which looks vaguely like Africa, attached to white fiberboard. On the back of that page the shape of Africa has been carved out . Attached to the second board is a (molded) wooden object in the shape of the found metal object of page one.
(SOLD)


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Blackberry Kimono
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 1994. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 4.25 x 1.625" closed; 5 x 8.5 x .8" open. Two hinged pages made of wood and fiberboard. Photographs dry mounted on the top of the second board.

Two pieces of different pressed board are inset in the front board forming a T. On the top of the second board two photographs of a blackberry bramble mirror this T.
(SOLD)

 

 


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Probably One of My Uncles
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 2006. One-of-a-Kind.

4.25 x 4.25 x 1.5". Materials: Bakelite, acrylic, photograph, suede, metal, paper, and ink.

Don Myhre: "The photo was found at the bottom of a box of old family photos. The suede is from the cover of my mother's 1926 college diploma. The Bakelite items are used with electrical junction boxes. "
(SOLD)


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Repentance & Recrimination
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 1993. One-of-a-Kind.

6.125 x 4.5 x 1.5" closed, 9.2 x 9 x .7" open. Two hinged pages made of wood. Photograph dry mounted on the top of the second board.

Inset in a rectangle cut from the front board is a piece of metal from which slits have been punched, with the punched-through metal fashioned into rows of thorn-like protrusions. The second page contains a photograph of a seedpod opening.
(SOLD)


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Reverie & Remembrance
By Don Myhre
Kirkland, Washington: Don Myhre, 1996. One-of-a-Kind.

.5 x 5.25 x 1.625" closed; 6.5 x 10.5 x 1" open. Two hinged pages. Sculptural book made with acrylic, metal, paint, and photograph (dry mounted on museum board).

On page one is a photograph of a castaway piece of concrete with metal screwlike projections, the whole thing overgrown with grasses and weeds. Framed in a wooden arch on page two is its (very) abstracted twin: a triangular white wood block out of the top of which a thick the shank of a thick screw protrudes.
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