October Opening: Nancy Callan And Growth Rings (Wood Show)

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October Opening: Nancy Callan And Growth Rings (Wood Show)
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October Opening: Nancy Callan And Growth Rings (Wood Show) says
NANCY CALLAN: From Here to Infinity
Traver Gallery is pleased to announce From Here to Infinity by Seattle based artist Nancy Callan. Having firmly established herself as one of the preeminent contemporary artists working in glass sculpture, Nancy Callan's artistic voice has never been more resonant than in her forthcoming exhibition at Traver Gallery. In her new body of work, Callan celebrates and draws on her early experience as a graphic designer to bring pattern and color to the forefront. Her colorful blown forms become a beautiful canvas for the intricate overlapping, woven, organic, and playful cane and murrine designs she creates.

GROWTH RINGS: Ben Butler, Christine Lee, Martin & Dowling and Michael Peterson

Traver Gallery is pleased to present Growth Rings, a group exhibition featuring sculptural works in wood by: Ben Butler, Christine Lee, Malcom Martin & Gaynor Dowling, Michael Peterson, and Cordy Ryman. This exciting group exhibition highlights 6 artists' diverse approaches to contemporary wood sculpture. From the exotic looking Madrone Burls that Michael Peterson finds near his Lopez Island home to the quotidian industrial construction materials that Cordy Ryman sources from warehouse lots and hardware stores near his Brooklyn based studio, each of the artists included in this show find inspiration in the form, implied function, and mutability of a material that is readily available and totally familiar.
Artist and researcher, Christine Lee, repurposes mundane materials, compelling the viewer to reconsider the latent potential of ready-made objects and disregarded material such as cedar shims and phone books. Like-wise, Cordy Ryman creates his abstract compositions with a combination of discarded materials and readily available construction materials like fluorescent paint, and gorilla glue. In his hands each element takes on a dynamic and unexpected sculptural role. British artists, Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling, find inspiration in traditional wood-working techniques; meticulously and repetitively hand carved, their strikingly contemporary vessels are patterned and textured to suggest multicultural influences and illustrate their backgrounds in textiles. Repetition, an important element in Martin and Dowling's carved works, is central to the construction of Ben Butler's abstract sculpture. Built by assembling hundreds of elements, Butlers dynamic large-scale sculptures are organic and unusual compositions that become greater than the sum of their parts. Throughout, the works included in this exhibition illustrate the important role that wood materials play in our everyday life and underscore the myriad of ways in which it can be experienced.
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By: Traver Gallery