Category: Concept-based Works

Animal Magnetism: Polymer as part of the pack


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.  

New Growth: Jasmyne Graybill

Jasmyne Graybill crusted muffin cream fungus

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.

Seeing the Light: Polymer Illuminations

Diane Dunville, Night Dream, 1998

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:

In Situ

Rachel Gourley, Rocks on Beach, 2010-2011

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.