Uncategorized | September 22, 2009
Kwang-Young Chun: Aggregations, new work
Sept. 12 – Dec. 23, 2009
Kwang-Young Chun (Korean, b. 1944) makes intricate sculpture out of the recycled pages of old Korean books and medicine wrappers printed on mulberry paper. He wraps the handmade paper—inscribed with Korean characters— around thousands of Styrofoam tetrahedrons and other geometric forms that serve as the basic units of his compositions. The forms are then arranged in free-standing three-dimensional sculptures or mounted on the wall as two-dimensional low-reliefs.
Image: Kwang-Young Chun (Korean, b. 1944), Aggregation 08-AU022 (detail), 2008, mixed media, 14 ft x 8 ft diameter, photo courtesy of Aldrich Museum of Art
moss doesn’t grow on rolling stones, a vision of nature by Brian Burkhardt
Sept. 12 – Nov. 14, 2009
Trained as an artist and an organic farmer, Burkhardt bridges art and ecology through works that explore adaptation and mutation (postulating that plant or animal species adapt or mutate to the needs of human beings and are influenced by technology in our contemporary environment), mimicry (species that adapt traits that offer greater chances for survival), symbiosis (neutral or parasitic relationships between species), and even symbiogenesis (radical evolutionary changes that create new species). In 2008, Burkhardt created a geodesic dome as artist studio installation for Art Basel Miami Beach. The dome, recent work, and examples of his flora and fauna series are planned for the exhibition. Burkhardt will also be creating a new work inspired by Wyoming’s ecological environment.
Image: Brian Burkhardt (American, b. 1971), Dome, 2008, wood, galvanized aluminum, batten tape, greenhouse plastic, staples, MDF, screening, metal clips, 12 x 12 x 10 ft
Ichiro: A Life’s Work of Netsuke, The Huey Shelton Collection
Sept. 5 – Dec. 23, 2009
Inada Ichiro (Japanese, 1891-1979) was an important 20th century netsuke artist. For centuries, the Japanese have used miniature sculptures hung by cords from the sash of their traditional garments such as the kimono to secure personal belongings in small pouches. Intricate and figurative, the netsuke reflect aspects of Japanese life.
Image: Inada Ichiro (Japanese, 1891-1977), Standing Farmer Sowing Seed, not dated, Ivory, 1-1/4 x 3/4 x 7/8 inches, Gift of Huey G. and Phyllis T. Shelton, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 2009.5.108
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