William Cannings: Luster Cluster

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William Cannings: Luster Cluster
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Anya Tish Gallery says
Anya Tish Gallery is pleased to announce the return of British sculptor William Cannings for "Luster Cluster", marking the gallery’s fifth solo exhibition of work by the Texas-based artist. Cannings serves as both creator and fabricator of his pieces, welding together carefully planned sheets of steel and forcing extremely hot, pressurized air into the hulls before coating the pneumatic sculptures in slick, viscous automotive paint.

Creasing and buckling, stretching and contorting, the sculptures seem to hold their breath and express fatigue and excitement, recognizing their perceived weight and retaining a spirit and body of their own. Works reach up from the ground, lean onto walls, sink into corners, and float in mid air. Among the work exhibited will be an installation titled Swarm, a bright, multicolored cacophony of near-clones suspended from the ceiling; Arc, whose top heavy crown curves the figure inward on itself; and Depend, a deflating, floor-dependent wedge with an apex the size of a pen-head resting precariously on the wall ahead of it.

William Cannings currently lives and works in Lubbock, Texas, and presides over the Sculpture Department at Texas Tech University. He traveled from his hometown of Manchester, England to Richmond, Virginia to study Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University, afterward earning a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. His work was included in the definitive anthology of contemporary Texas artists, "Texas Artists Today", compiled and written by Catherine D. Anspon. Cannings has installed major outdoor public artworks in Dallas, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana, and his solo exhibition in conjunction with the Texas Biennial was reviewed with critical acclaim in Art in America.
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By: Anya Tish Gallery

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