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Lanny Bergner : Meshells


David Hall : Shoreline Reflections


Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4th, 4 - 6pm

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Artist Talk: Saturday, May 18th, 4pm

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Lanny Bergner : Meshells


In Lanny Bergner’s newest body of work, “Meshells”, he takes his inspiration from the sea. These  sculptures are exquisitely constructed from finely woven stainless steel mesh. Bergner uses butane and propane torches to heat the metal, imbuing it with vibrant color and patterns. He calls this flame painting. He then hand molds the colored mesh to create the biomorphic forms - in this case resembling mollusk seashells - and hand stitches them together with colored wire. They may be wall pieces, table top or ceiling suspended. They interact with light creating a translucency and shadowing that move them into a realm redolent of sea life. A glimpse into the world where nature and man-made material coalesce.

Lanny Bergner has worked with metal mesh since graduate school at Tyler School of Art in 1983. His work is in numerous museum collections including The Seattle Art Museum; Museum of Art and Design in NY; The Fuller Craft Museum, MA;  and the Central Museum of Textile, Lodz, Poland. He has won many national and international awards including the Betty Bowen Memorial Award In 1995. Bergner lives on Fidalgo Island where he has his studio and takes an active part in the artist community throughout the Skagit.  i.e. is pleased to present this body of work and Bergner's first exhibit with the gallery.

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David Hall : Shoreline Reflections

David Hall’s digital photos are taken while fly fishing the shores of Lake Ross. “Shoreline Reflections” focuses on the fleeting images he recognizes in the intricate shapes and patterns on the waters surface.  Hall is a well known Northwest architect and a resident of Edison Wa and  i.e. is pleased to present this, his 2nd exhibit with us. Hall describes his work:

"In "Shoreline Reflections”,  like my previous show at i.e., " Roots of the the Upper Skagit" , the images were taken with a handheld digital camera while slowly trolling streamer flies close to shore on Ross Lake. Photographs can often capture objects and movement that go unnoticed at the time of the shoot. I wasn’t particularly aware of these watery shapes and patterns until they became apparent in a few of my shoreline photos. For the next couple of years I focused on surface reflections while fishing, usually in the early fall, when the wave action was just right to create the patterns you see in this exhibit. I found that once my mind’s eye was trained to see these fleeting images, I became adept in recognizing the intricate shapes and patterns happening around me. Generally speaking, the colorful patterns are most apparent when seen on the water looking back to a steep shoreline that reflects flora and rock formations on a gently undulating surface. Many of the images are reminiscent of the two-dimensional formline and ovoid design patterns seen in the art of the upper Northwest Coast Indians. The First Nation Indians traveled by canoe between their winter and summer homes close to shorelines similar to Ross Lake, foraging food for the winter, in protected waters of the inland passages and fiords of what is now British Columbia and lower Alaska. Could imaginative and sensitive eyes trained over centuries, not just weeks, see forms in the constantly undulating, rhythmic movement of their watery world that would overtime lead to the formline and ovoid masterworks of Northwest Coast Art?”


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