5 October 4, 2003:
critically-acclaimed series simultaneously marks its return to
our schedule, and its debut in Chicago. This is an invitational
exhibition, featuring works in all media, with the common requirements
of function (implicit or implied) and the use of electricity.
While one might rightly expect a variety of lamps and clocks,
there are always a few surprises in store!
the coexistence of form with function than form following function,
this exhibition expands the boundaries of lighting design, in
the material sense as well as the conceptual. Found (previously
discarded) objects are exalted, while precious materials are humbled
by their proximity... Delicate porcelain, cold steel, textured
wood, sumptuous glass and vibrant paint... all have their place
in this exhibition. A study in contrasts (i.e., trash meets glass),
The Eclectic Electric is also about convergence; the blending
of art & science, of aesthetics and ergonomics.
or more such works by artisans from across the US will be featured;
we preview three artists, below.
Pennebakers blown-glass chandeliers are contemporary
re-interpretations of classical Venetian works. Working with a palette
of one opaque and 14 transparent colors, Pennebaker creates his
fixtures from as few as 40 to as many as several hundred individual
elements. The resulting lighted sculptures can be vibrant and bold,
like a circus, or understated and classic, suggesting a dark-paneled
library. Either way, the spikes, curlies, and melons are sure to
add a touch of drama to any room.
the other end of the spectrum are the found-object works by Warren
Muller. A living example of "One mans trash is
anothers treasure", Mullers assemblages have humble
beginnings. Sorting through bin after bin of salvage, this self-titled
"Luminary" painstakingly arranges bits into lighted sculpture...
or rather, sculptures that light up.
centered in this wide range of luminous experience are the works of
Jones: totally unexpected, yet somehow vaguely familiar forms;
suggestive of nature, yet obviously crafted by man. Perched upon a
precisely finished wooden base, with its linear bed of reeds, the
luminous, delicate porcelain forms suggest blocks of stone... worn
by time... or tools?
artists include: Kim
Kelzer (WA), Kirby
Jones (CA), Warren
Muller (PA), Jill
Davis (RI), Alex
Porbe (MI), Ed
Poehlmann (FL), Ellen
Sall (PA), Thomas
Wargin (WI), Garry
Knox Bennett (CA), Ismael
Gonzalez (CA), Alex
Roskin (NY), Sanjolee
Skidmore (NC), Chris
several others. For updates, visit our website at: www.functionart.com.