July and August bring the “dog days” of summer. The original reference was celestial and was related to when the Dog Star, Sirius, within the constellation Canis Major, was at its brightest. Perhaps some still think of summer that way, but the Racine Art Museum is currently exhibiting two shows that focus on all kinds of animal imagery -including dogs- from their permanent collection.
It is always good to discover artists doing exciting things with polymer. Jasmyne Graybill’s work is part of a recent article by Monica Moses, “Fungus Among Us” in the August/September 2012 issue of American Craft. While not the most appealing topic, albeit relevant for our current hot summer months, Graybill uses polymer to mimic mold, lichen and fungi growing unchecked on what are mostly common household objects.
As the winter solstice approaches and the days get darker, the soft glow of an interior lamp is especially attractive. Translucent polymer allows light to shine through it, inspiring a number of artists to explore the concept of illumination. Here are several notable examples:
Rachel Gourley takes the concept of art and nature literally. The source of much creative, large scale, sculptural work in polymer, Gourley has an affinity for translating natural form into something abstracted and a bit unexpected.