This week, our blog is focused on some of the 3D pieces that our artists have created and is on display in Rental Sales Gallery. These works include mediums as diverse as ceramics, glass, metal, wire mesh and intricately folded paper, showcasing both the incredible variety of work that we hold here in the gallery and the creativity of our artists.
For more information about these pieces and other works that these and other artists have created, make sure to visit the Artists page of our website and click on the Catalogue or Artist Directory links. There you can search for artists by name, medium, style and more.
As of publication of this blog, all of the works that are included here are currently in the gallery and available for either rent or purchase.
Starting us off are works by Stephen Adams. Born in Texas, but now resident in Oregon, Stephen’s beautiful mixed media works combine glass with a range of “found” materials, such as wire and wood. Central to his work, and represented by the pieces on display at RSG, are three concepts: Fragility, Imperfection and Resilience. He summarizes it thus:
- Fragility: things break
- Imperfection: live with it
- Resilience: comes from accepting 1 and 2
Ceramicist Hsin-Yi Huang is inspired by her deep love for nature. Much of her art features plants and animals and is characterized by intricate details and patterns, of which these two pieces, inspired by calla lilies, are beautiful examples. She admits to not only loving turning her ideas into ceramics, but to truly enjoying working with clay itself. “You can make clay into anything. It’s really receptive. You press it against any texture, it will pick up the texture,” she said, in an interview, “… I just love to work with clay.”
Beginning in the 1980s by working with scraps of woven mesh, trimmed off during fireplace screen fabrication, Eric Boyer has continuously developed his work, producing beautiful and intricate human and abstract forms. Many of the pieces that he has displayed at RSG have been inspired by the human form. However, recently, he has introduced examples of his abstract works into our rental and sales collection, including Rust Pod and Black Cube, the two striking pieces shown here.
A luthier and sculptor, who has been making things all of his life, Don MacLane credits his years working as a welder, engineering student and engineer for providing the skills and knowledge useful for making both his musical instruments and kinetic sculptures. From his playing of the hammer dulcimer, Don began to study the science of musical instruments. He found that their vibrations are remarkably close to the oscillations of his kinetic sculpture, which further inspired him to create these pieces.
These sculptures by artist Francene Levinson are examples of her work in modular paper folding (which is inspired by “Zhe Zhi”, Chinese unit paper folding). These remarkable pieces showcase Francene’s fascination with creating abstract contemporary sculpture from flat paper, revealing the dynamic lines of organic forms including ocean, bird, and plant life. Working in this medium “is a challenge that consistently reveals the power of paper”, she has said.