Avika Bhansali, 6° of reflection(detail), 2010
kilnformed glass, vellum, thread, dimensions variable
Photo: A. Bhansali
Portland, OR – Gathering recent graduates from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Royal College of Art, and Australian National University, Bullseye is pleased to present an exhibition of work that explores interactivity, reflection, and play. inFORM will be on view February 2 - April 9, 2011.
Artists Avika Bhansali (SAIC), Heike Brachlow (RCA), and Stacy Lynn Smith (SAIC) ask the viewer to interact directly with installed works. Bhansali invites us to participate in the creation of her installation, drawing attention to the interplay of objects, architecture and ourselves. Brachlow plays with our fears and perceptions of glass's fragility with teetering sculptures that precariously rotate when touched. Smith's installation carries this concept to its logical conclusion; the work isn't complete until gallery visitors slowly destroy it. For Joseph Harrington (RCA), material interactivity is a vital component of the work's creation. His lost-ice sculptures are the result of an exothermic interaction, capturing forms in transition. The works of Ruth Oliphant (ANU) and Abi Spring (ANU) seek to illicit an internal interaction, creating a refuge from the constant demand of visual over-stimulation. Oliphant's uninhabited cityscapes are a dream-like reflection of the everyday, focusing on how we relate to the cities that we inhabit. Spring's subtle variation of tone and hue creates an optical vibration.
Kilnformed glass is not always the most obvious or accessible medium to express one's ideas. Glass courses and facilities are not as ubiquitous as painting studios. Despite this, the artists in this exhibition have sought out glass education both inside and outside of their institutions. While the reasons that these artists have chosen glass are many, their choice asserts one thing: glass is a plastic medium, capable of being manipulated and transformed. Transparent or opaque, subdued or vibrant, smooth or textured - glass is not bound by the properties that are traditionally associated with it.
More artist info: inFORM_artist-sheet.pdf
Download: inFORM 2011