Lanny Bergner: Entering Ether
Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
to January 7
Lanny Bergner has spent two years formulating the site-specific works for Entering Ether. The five installations are interrelated and reference both natural and cosmological phenomena. Through labor-intensive methods of coiling, wrapping, twisting and knotting unconventional materials, Bergner has created various forms floating within cultivated environments. The sculptures rest loosely on the threshold between reality and imagination. They also bridge the gap between natural and man-made media, including screen, wire, monofilament, straight pins, sand and poured hydrocal.
Lanny Bergner, Between Earth and Sky (2006), mixed media, [Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, through Jan 7, 2007]
Bergner's pieces exist between the micro and macro. His dreamlike constructions encourage viewers to enter subconscious places where the mystery of life's existence is shaped by the artist's fears, quirks and joys. Hinging on our understanding of natural disasters like global warming and the ether of our greater atmosphere, the works speak about the cyclic action and reaction of human interference on a pure heavenly world and the reality how the earth is affected.
Lanny Bergner is originally from Anacortes, WA. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Bergner works at his Fidalgo Island studio in Washington and most recently was the Gold Prize recipient at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea. His works are included in collections at the Seattle Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Delaware Art Museum.