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Artist Gets Primitive in 'One Tool Challenge'

For the past several months, Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields has been asking artists throughout Wisconsin a simple question: if you had only one tool at your disposal to practice your craft, what would it be? For some artists, who already use only a select few tools in creating their art, it was an easy choice; others simply couldn't - or wouldn't - choose.

Fields recently posed the question to Milwaukee artist Joshua Hunt, who has experimented in multiple forms of visual art and with multiple tools throughout his emerging career. Hunt typically works in abstract and conceptual media, from drawings and sculptures to photography.

But he stepped out of his comfort zone to take on the One Tool Challenge, using a primitive medium and tool that fit nicely as he explores human experiences throughout history in his creations.

Fields studies material culture at UW-Madison and the curator of "It's a Material World" - that project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.