Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors – Meet The Artists, Part 2

Fall means ArtPrize, and with that comes a new sculpture exhibition opening at Meijer Gardens. This year’s exhibition, Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors, features 16 artists and also serves as our fall exhibition, running from September 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

Meijer Gardens maintains a close relationship with artists in our permanent collection and relied on their recommendations of new and upcoming sculptors to form this group exhibition.

Meet the rest of our participating artists below, and see our Meet The Artists Part 1 blog post to read up on the other artists that are participating in Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors.

Osman Khan

Osman Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York in 1995.  He is an artist interested in constructing artifacts and experiences for social criticism and aesthetic expression. His work plays and subverts the materiality behind themes of identity, communication, economics and public space through participatory & performative installations and site-specific interventions.

Osman Khan

House by Osman Khan. Vote Code: 56655

Sean Paul Lorentz

Born in Petaluma, California, Sean Paul Lorentz lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area and is the West Coast Studio Manager for sculptor Mark di Suvero. He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts at Studio Art University of California. His work is the product of an instinctive process involving personal experience and the perpetual development of skills within the mediums of life and steel.

 

Bogie by Sean Paul Lorentz. Vote Code: 57577

Bogie by Sean Paul Lorentz. Vote Code: 57577

Alyson Shotz

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Washington, Seattle, Alyson Shotz has upcoming solo exhibitions at Millesgarden Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, and the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum and Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art among others.

Spiral Helix by Alyson Shotz. Vote Code: 56209

Spiral Helix by Alyson Shotz. Vote Code: 56209

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Price

Tom Price (b. London, UK, 1981) studied at Chelsea College of Art (2001-2004) and received a MA at the Royal College of Art, Sculpture School (2004-2006). In 2009 he was featured alongside Grayson Perry, Michael Landy, Sir Anthony Caro and Cornelia Parker on the BBC 4 television documentary, Where is Modern Art Now?, presented by Gus Casely-Hayford. In 2010 he featured on BBC 4’s, How to Get a Head in Sculpture, also featuring Marc Quinn and Sir Anthony Caro.

Network by Tom Price. Vote Code 57469

Network by Tom Price. Vote Code 57469

Daniel Silver

 

 

 

 

 

Born in London in 1972, Daniel Silver was raised in Jerusalem and moved back to London in 1994. He has exhibited extensively across the UK and internationally. He holds a BA of Fine Art from Slade School of Art and an MA of Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art.

 

 

Untitled by Daniel Silver. Vote Code: 56854

Untitled by Daniel Silver. Vote Code: 56854

Alisha Wessler

 

 

Alisha Wessler lives and works in New York City. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Johansson Projects (Oakland), MeetFactory (Prague), Claire Morris Gallery (Ireland), Blütenweiss (Berlin), G2 (Chicago), Gowanus Studio Space (Brooklyn) and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (Ann Arbor).

From Afar It Is an Island by Alisha Wessler. Vote Code 56457

From Afar It Is an Island by Alisha Wessler. Vote Code 56457

Christopher Yockey

Christopher Yockey was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He has a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in addition to his own work, works with sculptor Mark di Suvero. He is also an avid hockey player, living in New York City with his wife and daughter.

You Have Options by Christopher Yockey. Vote Code 56621

You Have Options by Christopher Yockey. Vote Code 56621

Antonella Zazzera

 

 

Antonella Zazzera lives and works in Todi, Italy. She completed her studies with a degree in painting at the Pietro Vannucci Academy in Perugia in 1999. Over the years, she has deepened her knowledge of Italian Art and the recovery of its values: Sign, Light and Space. Always faithful to her first intuition, her current work of sculpture is the result of a process which springs from photographic researches leading her to focus the importance of Light in the definition of both Space and Form.

Armonico CLXVII by Antonella Zazzera. Vote Code 56891

Armonico CLXVII by Antonella Zazzera. Vote Code 56891

Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors – Meet The Artists, Part 1

It’s almost time for ArtPrize, and that means a new sculpture exhibition is opening at Meijer Gardens. This year’s exhibition, Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors, features 16 artists and also serves as our fall exhibition, running from September 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

Meijer Gardens maintains a close relationship with artists in our permanent collection and relied on their recommendations of new and upcoming sculptors to form this group exhibition.

Meet some of the participating artists below:

Katrin Albrecht

Katrin Albrecht is an artist from Germany. She began her career as a tailor, and then studied fashion design in Berlin before finding her field in Fine Arts and studying sculpture at Weissensse School of Art in Berlin, Städelschule Frankfurt, and Ecole Des Beaux-Arts, Paris. She also received an MA from Goldsmiths College in London. Her work has been exhibited widely and she has received several awards such as the Chelsea Arts Club Award with Berta Koch Collective in 2013.

Katrin Albrecht: Die Hutte Brennt / The Shed is on Fire. Vote Code: 57284

Katrin Albrecht: Die Hutte Brennt / The Shed is on Fire. Vote Code: 57284

Armen Agop

Armen Agop was born in Cairo, graduated from Helwan University, and first came to Italy in 2000 after winning the Prix de Rome. In 2008 he was awarded “The Sculpture Grant” given once a year to a prominent international sculptor by the Swedish organization KKV-B. In 2010, he received the international Umberto Mastroianni award in Piemonte, Italy.

Armen Agop: Untitled. Vote Code: 56385

Loris Cecchini

Loris Cecchini was born in Milan in 1969 and lives and works between Berlin and Tuscany. He has shown his work all over the world with solo exhibitions in prestigious museums such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Loris Cecchini has also taken part in international exhibitions and numerous collective shows including the 49th and 13th Quadrennial of Rome.

Loris Cecchini: Wallwave vibration (anatomy of a diagram). Vote Code: 57136

Loris Cecchini: Wallwave vibration (anatomy of a diagram). Vote Code: 57136

Mat Chivers

The work of British visual artist Mat Chivers looks at how the fundamental phenomena that exist below the surface of things inform the way we experience the world around us. The process of making draws on combinations of analogue and digital technologies in works that embody a hybridisation of old-world subjects and techniques with contemporary envisioning processes. His practice focuses at the location between data capture and its consequent interpretation in order to explore the ambiguous nature of perception.

Mat Chivers

Mat Chivers: Chain of Events. Vote Code: 56263

Michele Ciribifera

Michele Ciribifera, born in Perugia in 1969, graduated in sculpture with Edgardo Abbozzo, at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia in 1991. In 1993 he won the first prize at the sculpture symposium in S. Elena (CA), and in 1997 he exhibited on the first solo show in Sansepolcro (AR), a series of sculptures in which are present the structural tensions of elements directly drawn from natural context. In the match between reality and illusion, the sculptures of Michele Ciribifera define the mysterious interaction between energy and matter.

Michele Ciribifera: Double ondAnoma. Vote Code: 56946

Michele Ciribifera: Double ondAnoma. Vote Code: 56946

Chiara Dynys

Chiara Dynys was born in Mantua. Her works have become more site specific and, one might say, are developed in the perception of users that, coming across them, find themselves “different” and altered, rediscovering the feeling of their presence. “I often use the word passage to talk about my work. In fact, what is common to all my work is the sense of the crossing.”

Chiara Dynys: Love Hate. Vote Code: 56956

Chiara Dynys: Love Hate. Vote Code: 56956

Lucy Glendinning

Lucy Glendinning lives and works in Somerset, England. On graduating, she worked for the sculptor Elizabeth Frink. She has been awarded the Landscape Inst Award twice, Civic Trust and Red Rose award, for commissions. Her work is made in series, developed around ideas which start poems. These thoughts are usually derived by medical information, psychological studies, and a fascination with future society.

Lucy Glendinning: Feather Child 1. Vote Code: 56788

Lucy Glendinning: Feather Child 1. Vote Code: 56788

David Henderson

Born in 1956, David Henderson studied art with William Tucker, George Sugarman, and Vito Acconci. He received his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1981 and his B.A. from Bard College in 1978. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has pioneered the use of fiberglass and carbon fiber as structural materials in sculpture, exploiting the extraordinary tensile strength of these materials in ways usually associated with ultralight aircraft and sailboats, in order to achieve truly unique and astonishing results.

David Henderson: Corby 3. Vote Code: 57205

David Henderson: Corby 3. Vote Code: 57205

Connected and Disconnected

The enigmatic bronze figures of Dutch sculptor Hanneke Beaumont have been a source of great fascination and wonder since they first captured international attention in the late 1990s. Since then, her works have been exhibited and installed internationally from London to New York, Munich to The Hague. At Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, her sculptures, #25 and #26, are a continual source of inquiry and enjoyment in the Sculpture Park.

Join us now through April 28 for Connected and Disconnected: The Sculpture of Hanneke Beaumont, which features features 14 works demonstrating the artist’s command of the human figure. As the title suggests, Beaumont’s works allow guests to explore what it means to be disconnected from one another in an otherwise connected world. Included with admission.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Connected and Disconnected: Photo courtesy Chuck Heiney.
Hanneke Beaumont. Bronze #91, 2008-09. Patinated bronze on iron bases; 62 x 31 x 34 inches.
Hanneke Beaumont. Bronze #93, 2008-09. Patinated bronze on iron bases; 46 x 21 x 37 inches.

This is Beaumont’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. Her sculptures were created in a variety of media, such as terra cotta, bronze and iron and allow audiences the opportunity to understand her command of the human figure and her impressive fluency with materials.

Programming for the Exhibition

  • Perspectives
    Friday, February 22, 12 pm
    Katie Racey, Membership Manager
    Brett McPherson, Maintenance Staff
    Joann Wisnewski, Facility Attendant

Walk through the galleries with three staff members as they explore the exhibition from their own perspectives. Discover interesting personal interpretations of sculpture that you may never have considered before. Feel free to participate in the discussion; it is not necessary to be an art expert to find deeper meaning in art!

  • Gallery Walk
    Saturday, March 2, 2 pm
    Susan Wallsteadt, Psychology Professor, Grand Rapids Community College

Learn about the meaning of body language and facial expressions from a psychological point-of-view and explore the emotional content of Beaumont’s work.

Visit us at MeijerGardens.org for additional information.

Beverly Pepper: A Curator’s Perspective

Turning steel into works of art, Beverly Pepper’s talents have awed Grand Rapids this summer during the exhibition Beverly Pepper: Palingenesis 1962-2012, on display until August 26. Heidi Holst, Curator of Arts Education, explains why Pepper’s work is unique and sought after.

“This exhibition is unique because it is set up chronologically to display Pepper’s earlier pieces in metal starting from the 1962 Spoleto exhibition to her latest works,” Holst said. She also said that the monumental size of the pieces add to the distinction of the exhibition.

Holst’s favorite pieces of Pepper’s work are her polished stainless-steel pieces. She said she loves their reflective qualities.

“You can see yourself and the surroundings of these pieces, allowing you to feel like a part of them both.”

In our gallery, Quadro Vuoto (far left) and Excathedra (front) by Beverly Pepper.

Beverly Pepper’s earlier work was done mostly using basic welding techniques. She then began exploring other methods including heating up rods to create a more expressive rough edge, Holst explained.

To compliment the exhibition, Holst created several programs including a themed walk through the Sculpture Park, a steel cutting demonstration and an opportunity to gain perspectives of Pepper’s work from select Meijer Gardens staff.

On the walk through the Sculpture Park, Holst provided guests with further insight into other female sculptors on Meijer Gardens’ 30+ acres.

During the steel cutting demonstration, guests were able to see a process similar to Pepper’s, as Assistant Conservator and Sculptor Andrew Kline cut steel using an oxygen/acetylene torch and prepared the steel for welding.

Steel cutting demonstration with Assistant Conservator Andrew Kline.

“Steel is a messy, hot, dirty, smelly and dangerous material to work with,” Holst said. “The demonstration allowed guests to feel a greater appreciation of Pepper’s work through seeing the difficulty of manipulating steel.”

The interactive opportunity to gain and share perspectives of Pepper’s work with Meijer Gardens staff members provided guests with personal interpretations of sculpture, allowing many to view sculpture in a new light. These programs provided a new understanding to Pepper’s work.

As the summer winds down, so does Beverly Pepper’s exhibition Palingenesis 1962-2012. The exhibition is open until August 26, so be sure to check out these steel masterpieces before it ends next week.

Summer Memories at Meijer Gardens (photos)

We can’t believe summer is almost over – it’s been a great one here at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park!

From 25 concerts (13 sold-out!) to hot days spent in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden to iconic works of steel featured at the Beverly Pepper exhibition, we hope this summer brought fun, excitement, the beauty of art and the wonder of gardens to all our guests.

What better way to show summer memories than through photos! Here are a few from our Instagram:

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“Lying Man” comes to life

Lying Man

If you attended a concert this summer or had a chance to walk through our newly renovated amphitheater, you may have noticed what looked like a man laying in some shrubbery, gazing thoughtfully at the sky. The larger-than-life figure is actually one of our newest sculptures, Lying Man by Sean Henry.

Sean Henry's studio

Henry’s work is recognized around the world and he is often credited with reviving the tradition of polychrome (painted) sculpture. His innovative approach centers around the human figure paused in quiet contemplation or captured in a moment of simple daily activity.

On Tuesday, October 25, Sean Henry will be the featured speaker at the C. Schoenknecht & W. Paul Sculpture Lecture as part of the Master Lecture Series. The lecture begins at 7 pm.

He will be sharing the history and development of his work along with influences and approaches that define his work. He’ll reflect on his most recent exhibition, “Conflux: A Union of the Sacred and the Anonymous,” currently on display at Salisbury Cathedral in England. Since opening in August, “Conflux” has already drawn 75,000 visitors.

Conflux exhibition

According to the Cathedral’s web site, “‘Conflux’ is a modern update of the pre-Reformation tradition of displaying polychrome figures and is believed to be the biggest single collection of polychrome sculpture in the Cathedral since the Reformation.” Henry himself, in various interviews, has described his sculptures “memorializing the everyday” and “drawing the viewer’s attention to the significance of the here and now.”

Another noteworthy effort is Henry’s Couple, his 13-meter-high sculpture that sits 300 yards out in the North Sea in Northumberland, England. It is Britain’s first offshore artwork. Check out this YouTube video of Couple:

Henry’s October 25 lecture is included with regular admission to Meijer Gardens.

The installation of “Lena’s Garden”

Meijer Gardens recently installed a second glass sculpture by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. In May, “Lena’s Garden” was installed in our newly renovated cafe. It is 60 ft. ceiling sculpture made up of hundreds of glass elements in vibrant colors.

Here’s a snapshot of just a small piece of the sculpture:

Chihuly_Warmcolors

The installation took over a week to install. Check out our Flickr photostream for a visual walk-through of the installation.

Day2_Armature2 Day3_2 Chihuly_Coolcolors

View the entire photostream here.