How Did You Do That? A Sculptors Inc. Exhibition at Creative Alliance Saturday, Jan. 16

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Opens Sat Jan 16, 5:30-7:30pm, On view Jan 16 – Feb 13.

The most frequently asked question of any sculptor—how did you do that?—is potentially the most revealing, since the answer reveals the artist’s relationship to materials, process, and craft. With these questions in mind, CA Artistic Director Jed Dodds juries 6 artists from the current membership of Sculp-tors Inc., founded in 1983 to support area sculptors, and bristling with energy as it enters 2010. A portion of the gallery is set aside for ongoing demonstrations and discussions.

Rachel Rotenberg
Ralph Baney hews deceptively simple, abstract wooden pieces that reflect the heritage of his native Trinidad; the 80 year old sculptor demonstrates his technique using an electric chainsaw in the gallery. Rachel Rotenberg expands the vocabulary of wood to include laminating, joining and bending along with traditional carving to achieve a more contemporary sensibility. Starting with found objects, Mark Eisendrath manipulates “found” processes—aging, oxidation, and fire among others—to achieve stunning effects. Helen Glazer’s colorful wall sculptures blend modern materials with traditional casting techniques to achieve sculptures resembling clouds, flowers and other natural forms. Self-taught machinist-turned-artist, Chris Bathgate has won accolades for the neo-futuristic metal sculptures he fabricates with invented and repurposed tools. Jim Paulsen employs allegory with a wink and a nod, drawing upon a grab bag of techniques and materials and typically finishing with a colorful patina to complete the illusion.
Upstairs, Marty Weishaar in the AMALIE ROTHSCHILD GALLERY

Opens Fri Jan 15, 5:30-7:30pm, On view Jan 14-30.

With bright colors, cheap materials and rough edges, CA Resident Marty Weishaar brings a deliberate naïvete to his explorations of home and the contemporary American landscape. Recent work has seen him moving from 2D collages to sprawling, oversized cardboard bridges and buildings.

and in the MINSTALLATION GALLERY, Jessie Lehson
On view Jan 16 – Feb 13.

2009 Sondheim Prize finalist Jessie Lehson is known for her sensitive use of natural materials, whether it’s a simple wall of sod bricks, slowly sprouting in Patterson Park, or floor patterns of sand and soil in a range of hues, elegantly laid out like a Sol Lewitt painting. Lehson received her MFA from the MICA’s Rinehart School of Sculpture in 2008 and her BFA there in 2002. She is a 2009 MD State Arts Council grant recipient, recently took third place for the Trawick Prize, and exhibits nationally and internationally.

Presented by artist/impresario R.L. Tillman, the minstallation Gallery is the region’s most vibrant mi-niature installation space, with 225 square inches of floor space and generous 14 inch ceilings. After a celebrated run of two years and 12 exhibitions, the minstallation Gallery closes April 10.

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