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Tributes to Chihuly and LeMay Museum at MOG

17 May

Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly, May 19-Oct. 21, 2012

Classic Heat, May 23-Jan. 2013

“Persian Sea Forms” by Dale Chihuly. Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass.

In celebration of next week’s opening of Chihuly Garden & Glass in Seattle, the Museum of Glass presents “Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly” which showcases rarely-exhibited works made by Dale Chihuly.  The exhibition features 30 transitional pieces—including Cylinders, Sea Forms and Macchias from the 1960s through the 1980s—from prominent local collections and the museum’s permanent collection. Collectively, the works chronicle Chihuly’s influence as an artist, a visionary and a pioneer of the American Studio Glass movement.

The central piece of the exhibition in an historic 33-piece installation titled Persian Sea Forms (pictured) that was gifted to MOG in 2011.  The work was created in 1988 by a small team of artists—including lead gaffers Martin Blank and Richard Royal—and assembled by Chihuly as a design experiment.

Origins will remain on view through October 21, 2012.  Stop by and see the early works from a glass legend!

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One-of-a-kind hood ornament. Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass.

The second exhibition opening in May is “Classic Heat”, a collection of large-scale glass hood ornaments created in collaboration with LeMay – America’s Car Museum.  The Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team and artist John Miller created the sculptures that were inspired by classic designs from various American automakers, including the 1952 Buick 8 Special, 1957 Chevy 210 and the 1929 Ford Model A.  While the sculptures reference the original emblems, the finished pieces include elements from various makes and models.  The collection consists of eight sculptures, half of which will be displayed at each museum.

“America’s Car Museum hopes to partner with the other cultural organization in our community on an ongoing basis. This initial project is an opportunity for us and the Museum of Glass to work on a project that embodies what each celebrates,” said Scot Keller, ACM chief marketing and communications officer. “The Museum of Glass provided the artistry while ACM provided the inspiration.” Continue reading

The Sinister and the Surreal at Fulcrum Gallery

17 May

“Nightwatchman”, installation by Sharon Styer.
“Visions from the Other Side
“, a group show.
Opening reception: Thursday, May 17, 6-9 pm.

Photo by Sharon Styer.

Two new exhibits at the Fulcrum Gallery explore altered states of perception: the first is grounded in minutely observed reality, the other in the fork-prodded folds of the subconscious. “Nightwatchman” is an installation of photographs by Sharon Styer that almost voyeuristically illumines dark corners of Tacoma that are all but invisible by day. In this project funded by a Tacoma Artists Initiative Program grant, Styer’s lens isolates dimly lit alleyways, secluded shops and decrepit structures where senses are tightly stretched to catch a movement, a sound, a momentary hesitation. In this unsettling quiet one is never quite alone. It is the alternate world of security cameras and the nightwatchman.

“Night has a huge influence on every location,” says Styer. “Shadows and a feeling of isolation can creep upon me quickly [while shooting]. Suddenly I’ll need to know just how far I am from my car.” This feeling is transmitted directly to the viewer through her photographs. Styer is an award-winning photographer who was recently nominated for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s “Foundation of Art Award”.

Art from “Visions from the Other Side”. Photo courtesy of Fulcrum Gallery.

The group show opening at Fulcrum, “Visions from the Other Side (Surrealistic Portraits)”, features two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks sprung from the vat of the creative unconscious. This collection of anthropomorphic portraits done in the classical style blurs the lines of reason. These surrealistic visions evoke an imaginary world where animal, vegetable, mineral make friends and converse as if neighbors discussing the weather. Nothing is left unexplored and anything is to be expected. Artists Larkin Cypher, Kelsi Finney, Jeremy Gregory and Keith Carter conjure up their individual characters in this unique parade of imagery. “Nightwatchman” and “Visions from the Other Side” on view May 17-July 14, 2012. Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Tacoma. Hours: Fri. & Sat. 12-6 pm.

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