Natural Elements
November 15, 2003 - February 15, 2004

From glass sculpture to microscopic cellular weaving, our seven internationally acclaimed artists create their own natural wonders. Using organic elements in their conceptual work, they question, confiscate and redefine "nature" as art.

Irish artist, Patricia McKenna creates installations and site-specific works at once familiar, yet vaguely disconcerting. She appropriates then relocates natural materials as a metaphorical comment on politics, time and memory.

Following her background in medicine, Ruth Tabacay weaves design motifs inspired by the beauty and mystery of microscopic organisms.

Surprising in scale and place, Patrick Dougherty's temporary shelters evoke the magical, natural, and spiritual. He wonderfully manages to harness the "forces of nature" while simultaneously reminding us of life's ephemeral qualities.

Marcia Wolfson Ray uses nature as found objects to create sculptural forms. Removed from their environment, the materials are transformed into objects of beauty seen primarily in terms of color shape and form.

The whimsical, fleeting quality of Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa's work alludes to anthropological, primitive forms. Often appearing ritualistic or transitory, her work speaks of the beauty and harmony of nature.

Dorothy Gill Barnes patiently engages in the slow methodical processes of nature. Her finished vessels reflect this time imbued sensibility and echo the living roots of their origins.

The gravity defying, awe-inspiring installations of Steve Tobin capture milliseconds in nature. Using thousands of glass cylinders, Tobin convincingly isolates the phenomenal force of water falls and rushing streams.

May the force of Nature be with you!


Patricia McKenna




DORMANT
2000
15" x 17"
Earthenware slip and sisal
Photo: Stuart Smyth
$500





ENCOUNTERS
2000
24" x 17"
Earthenware slip, photographic transfer and sisal
Photo: Stuart Smyth
$500





TENSION
2000
15" x 17"
Earthenware slip, waxed paper, pastel and cotton thread
Photo: Stuart Smyth
$500





SOIL STACK
1997
Installation size variable.
Used Hession sacks
Photo: Anne-Marie Walker
NFS





SOIL MEMORIAL
1997
Installation size variable.
Hession sacks from stack cast in plaster
Photo: Anne-Marie Walker
NFS





SOIL INSTALLATION
1997
3' x 2'
Fabric, soil, pigment
Photo: Anne-Marie Walker
NFS





JOURNEY SOIL
2003
Size variable
Italy, soil paper, photographic tags
Photo: Patricia McKenna
NFS





MANTLE
2003
Fabric in gesso, cast knitting in plaster wooden chair
Photo: Veronica Nicholson
NFS



Ruth Tabancay




COLONY
2000
16" x 17"
Handwoven jacquard and felting: wool, cotton yarns, double cloth
$2400













COLONY, detaill



CONIDIOSPORES
2000
13" x 14"
Handwoven jacquard, cotton yarns
$600





STRIATIONS
2001
14" X 13"
Handwoven jacquard, Cotton yarn
$700





INTERCELLULAR SPACE
2002
26" X 19.5"
Handwoven jacquard, Linen and rayon yarns
$1200















INTERCELLULAR SPACE, detaill




PENICILLIUM CHRYSOGENUM
2001
14" X 17.5"
Handwoven jacquard, Cotton yarn
$550















PENICILLIUM CHRYSOGENUM, detaill



CANDIDA KEYFR
2001
14" X 10"
Handwoven jacquard, Cotton yarn
$500


Patrick Dougherty


SPITTIN' IMAGE
2001, South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson, SC
24' high
Mixed hardwood saplings














SPITTIN' IMAGE, detail



BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE
1999, Savannah College of Art, Savannah, GA
24' high
Maple saplings





FROM THE CASTLE'S KITCHEN
1999, Skulpturepark Rosental, Weitzelsdorf, Austria
20' high
Willow saplings





CELL DIVISION
1998, Savannah College of Art, Savannah, GA
32' high
Maple saplings





CROSSING OVER
1996, American Craft Museum, New York City, NY
18' high
Maple saplings





Owache
1999, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL
18' high
Mixed hardwood saplings





EASY DOES IT
1998, Hollywood Arts and Cultural Center, Hollywood, FL
16' high
Mixed hardwood saplings





RUNNING IN CIRCLES
1996, TICKON Sculpture Park, Langeland, Denmark
22' high
Willow and maple saplings





HOLY ROPE
1992, Rinjyo-in Temple, Chiba, Japan
25' high
Reeds and bamboo





PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST
JUG OR NAUGHT

1999, Fredric Meijer Gardens
Grand Rapids, MI
20' high
Mixed hardwood saplings
Photo: Dave Ferris


Marcia Wolfson Ray




FLUX
2003
40" x 40" x 26"
Organic material




SAIL
2003
65" x 65" x 10"
Bark, foam core, wire





TRIANGLE
2003
180" x 60" x 60"
Straw, mesh




ELECTRICITY
2003
30" x 26" x 14"
Organic material





SPIRAL
2003
60" x 60" x 10"
Wood, twine




HELIOTROPE
2003
84" X 40" X 40"
Sunflowers, wood





GRID
2003
42" x 42" x 5"
Flower stems


Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa



SEED CATCHERS
2000-2001
approx. 200cm x 92cm x 90cm
Saplings, copper wire, fiberglass, pigments
$3800 each





WIND DANCE II
2001
1.5m x 1.5m, each bird
Brushed aluminum
$9000 pr.





CANOEING IN THE WIND III
2000, Binnen Art, Kevelaer, Germany
Vessels, approx. 35cm x 57cm x 3.5m
Hazelnut saplings with copper mounted on
oak poles
Commissions, $5500 each














CANOEING IN THE WIND III, detaill



ARCHES
1991, Kemijarvi, Finland
2.5m x 1m x 10m
Willow and birch bound with cord
Commission, $9500





OCCURRENCES V
2000
95cm x 61cm x 14cm
Screen print, drawing, nest, plumb bob
$2750




CURRENTS
2000-2001
32cm x 47cm x 288cm
Installation: vessel of saplings, Japanese kozopaper
linen thread and copper. River stones, 11 chemist flasks
with water, sound vessel
$14000


Dorothy Gill Barnes




OUT SIDE IN
8" x 7" x 7"
Pine bark and root
Photo: Doug Martin





JULY WHITE PINE #3
2001
11" x 8" x 8"
Bark weaving, 3 baskets on log
Photo: Doug Martin














JULY WHITE PINE #3, detaill



ROCKING BANYON
1985
Pierced arial roots and copper wire
Private Collection
Photo: Linda Hoffhines





BRINKHAVEN HICKORY VARIATIONS
1999
6" x 26" x 11"
Shag bark hickory
Currently at Society for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh
Photo: Doug Martin




DOROTHY GILL BARNES
1996
Willow weaving
Photo: Ora Anderson





WILLOW WEAVING, First Season, France
1996




WILLOW WEAVING, 6 Years Later
Grafting detail
1996-2003





WILLOW WEAVING, '02
15' and growing














WILLOW WEAVING, '02, detaill


Steve Tobin



PALM BEACH RIVER
1994
Glass
20' x 60' x 80'
Florida






GLASS RIVER
1991
Glass
20' x 20' x 80'
France




Retretti River
1993
Glass
18' x 25' x 100'
Finland





GRID
2003
42" x 42" x 5"
Flower stems




WATER COLUMN
Glass
Location: Artist's studio, PA
Photo: George Erml





WATER COLUMN
1993
glass
American Craft Museum
Photo: George Erml




WATER COLUMN
1933
glass
American Craft Museum
Photo: George Erml





TIPI
Glass
Location: Artist's studio, PA
Photo: George Erml


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