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Derek Weidman | Circling Nature

December 2, 2016 - January 2, 2017

December 2, 5:30-7:30pm

Derek Weidman has built a visual language out of the circular cuts of a wood lathe. The way the machine shapes wood is unique, providing almost industrial qualities–violent at times in their execution– as they tear fibers and grain of the natural, once living material. The process itself speaks to the heart of the work, finding balances between the man-made and the natural–halting, if just for a moment–the mechanical dominion of Earth, yet not erasing the progress of humanity. Designing a place where things can co-exist, speaking to this particular time on this planet, with remnants of scars on the work, yet something new–something beautiful. A new nature.

Derek Weidman was born in 1982, and has dedicated the last seven years to exploring lathe-based sculpture.  His approach involves multi-axis turning as the foundation of his work.  By using the unique shaping processes of turning, Derek has created a descriptive visual language that only the lathe can speak.  This carving process creates novel representations of a wide range of subjects, from those based on human anatomy to various animal forms.  Derek works from a basic question, “What would this look like if rendered through the lens of a wood lathe?,” and even with the most rigorous naturalism, an honest abstraction takes place, and for each new subject that question gets answered. So from human heads to rhinos, mandrills to birds, each idea being captured in a way it has not been expressed before.

Derek will be offering a live demonstration of his multi-axis wood turning at the opening reception, December 2nd, from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Schmidt Gallery.

In Studio 240 2016

Christine Fashion | (re)COIL v.

December 2-December 28, 2016

December 2, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm

(re)COIL v.
Christine Fashion

(re)COIL v. – arrange or wind (something long and flexible) in a joined sequence of concentric circles or rings.

Coils have changed both subtly and drastically over time. They are a fundamental element in ceramics and have grown with the evolving ceramic culture. When placing individual objects Christine is considering how people approach day-to-day interactions with objects. All our lives are impacted and influenced by our complex life histories and evolve locally; our understanding of worth and value influences our behaviors. By questioning ourselves we are really questioning our surroundings. It is important to stimulate creative dialogue that questions normality and recognizes that most things don’t have to fit together in the way always imagined, they could fit together in a myriad of ways.

Christine Fashion is GoggleWorks’ first Ceramics Artist-in-Residence. She is a Pittsburgh native and recent graduate from Penn State University with a B.F.A. in Ceramics. Following her time at GoggleWorks, Christine has been accepted to Penland School of Crafts 2017 Winter Residency Program where she will work on a collaborative project addressing Art as Monument: Communities Role in Shaping Creative Histories.  Christine was also awarded the 2016 Windgate Fellowhip in Ceramics/ Sculpture, which she will use to travel to Europe and Asia to conduct museum’s collections research this coming Spring and Summer.

The Green Wall 2016

Jill Henry | Polaroid Artistry

December 2 - December 28, 2016

December 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm

Polaroid Image Transfers are created using another old style of Polaroid film, the kind that you wait 60 seconds then peel the negative and positive apart and throw the negative away. With this process, you wait only 10 seconds, peel, then throw the “photo” away and press the negative onto water color paper. The inks and dyes transfer directly onto the paper, creating a fresco-like image resembling a small water color painting. Due to many variables each print is unique and unpredictable.

Starting with an image made from Polaroid SX-70 (Time-Zero) film, the inks and dyes beneath the film’s plastic coating are malleable during and after development allowing the print to be altered by pushing around with a variety of hand tools while it is developing. The finished photo has a painterly quality.

The limited edition Polaroid transfers and SX-70 manipulations are printed with long-lasting pigment inks, mounted and matted using museum quality archival materials.

Jill Henry graduated from Mt. Penn High School and received a BFA in Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Henry exhibited a wide variety of art for many years in California. Back in Berks County now, she is re-working a collection of imagery made using alternative photographic processes with two types of Polaroid film. Please visit http://www.jillhenry.com/ to learn more.

This permanent exhibition showcases the 130-year history of Willson Goggles. Historical artifacts and interactive learning activities depict the groundbreaking innovations of a company that led the world in the development of safety products. Explore the industrial history of Reading along with the personal histories of Willson Goggles factory workers.

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Café Space 2016

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