‘Fusion' (A New Century of Glass)'
Glass becomes expressive, inspiring in OKCMOA exhibit

JOHN BRANDENBURG
For The Oklahoman
Modified: June 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm •  Published: June 22, 2012
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LaMonte is an American artist living in the Czech Republic who is known for work dealing with “dress and the topography of the body.”

In “Charlotte’s Web,” Charlotte Potter explores the social network with 864 hand-engraved portraits of her friends on Facebook, strung up like a giant necklace made up of individual cameos on the wall.

In the “Sweet Thing” and “Love Muscle,” Australian artist Timothy Horn greatly enlarges wall sculptures based on seventeenth centurty earring and brooch designs to create a strong visual impact.

David K. Chatt covers found objects with orange-red glass beads in “108 Meditations in Saffron,” and Mark Reigelman II covers room furnishings with broken green glass in his “Breaking the Bottle Installation.”

Making us think about the body and its vulnerability to disease are British artists Luke Jerram and Clifford Rainey.

Jerram’s “E.coli” virus, enlarged 100,000 times, is beautiful but creepy, balancing on a mirror surface, while Jerram’s split mixed media torso of a woman, after a mastectomy, is both touching and alluring.

More complex in compositional terms is a “Memory Box,” full of test tubes, specimen jars and glass display panels, which Danish artist Steffen Dam uses to “question the idea of scientific objectivity.”

A double nude and robed red figure, with raised and gesturing hands, offers “An Invocation,” between ladders and trees, in one of several stained glass works, mounted in light boxes, by Judith Schaechter.

In “Peacemaker,” Kari Russell makes us feel her discomfort with America’s gun culture, by offering us a depiction of a glass revolver, surrounded by letters, like a piece of needlework.

Argentinean artist Silvia Levenson makes us think by putting glass grenades in small, square boxes, with delicate, pastel-hued frames, and love written over them, in several languages, on glass.

Ending the show with an exclamation point is “Bride,” a monumental, room-filling, five-level 2010 work by Beth Lipman.

“Bride” resembles a gigantic wedding cake, whose tiers are filled with glass objects that seem to be breaking and spilling off its lower levels, like romantic illusions falling or being shattered.

Making us an offer which is almost impossible to refuse, the spectacular “Fusion” show is highly recommended and shouldn’t be missed during its run through Sept. 9.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $12 for adults; and $10 for senior citizens 62 or over, college students and children ages 6 to 18; and $5 for members of the military. Museum members and children five or under are admitted free.

Call 236-3100 or visit the website at www.okcmoa.com for information.



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