A New Leaf Gallery | Sculpturesite at Cornerstone Sonoma is hosting the exhibition “Surfaces – Three Sculptors Explore Surface,” which will be on view from April 6 to June 29, with an opening reception set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6.
It may seem odd to present a sculpture exhibition that places focus on the surface of the works, which is often considered the mere superficial embellishment of the sculptural form.
Yet when a sculptor considers the surface treatment as an intrinsic part of the complete work, or regards the three dimensional form as a canvas to activate fields of colors and light, the surface of the artwork offers a key to a new experience, a place where the second and the third dimension meet to delight the viewer further.
In this exhibition, the gallery brings together two glass artists, Kari Minnick and Pam Morris, with radically different approaches to how the works’ surfaces integrate form, light, and color. Michael Hannon uses three highly contrasting materials in his life-sized figures: slick and highly reflective duct tape, newspaper fragments, and hammer-textured copper.
Morris is a Bay Area glass artist who is best known as an innovator of sculptural luminaire design.
In 1974 she discovered the immediate and visceral power of light penetrating glass while viewing the sunlit stained glass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
As a consequence of being moved so deeply, she resolved to devote herself to exploring the powerful visual and emotional effect created by glass and light.
Minnick’s deft use of color in broad painterly patterns comes to life in her kiln-formed works because she is so fluent with the properties of glass.
She uses audacious compositions, delicate layers, and contrasting textures; enigmatic handwriting and crisp lines suddenly bringing order to a chaotic field.
But ultimately, the success of Minnick’s work rests on her intimate understanding of the luminous quality of glass.
Hannon’s early introduction to art was through ceramics, but when he discovered metal – first as a jewelry instructor at Fort Ord where he was drafted, then at Long Beach State University where he majored in jewelry and metal smithing, and finally training and working as a welder in the LA Harbor – Hannon immediately felt comfortable.
During his 25 years of employment at Calty’s, the Toyota Design Center in Newport Beach, he participated in an incredibly creative experience led by a visionary Japanese executive who encouraged the designers to conduct their own art projects.
A New Leaf Gallery is located at CornerStone Sonoma, 23588 Arnold Drive.
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