Sandcastle (detail) by Dorothy Tanner
TANNER, an artist still creating past the age of 90, is featured in
Colorado Expression Magazine (April/May). She's one of the most
amazing people I've ever interviewed. Catch her current show at Denver
International Airport: Like her light sculptures, she's colorful and
the whole article:
Sketches: Five Shows in Denver
New Light Sculptures by Dorothy Tanner
Thanks to EPIC Colorado Magazine for featuring Dorothy Tanner in the Spring, 2013 issue. The article is called "Electricity at Play: An Illuminating Conversation with Sculptor Dorothy Tanner" by Kelsey McMaster.
light sculptures make Lumonics glow
you've been by Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, then you already know
it's unlike any other gallery in the city. Artist Dorothy Tanner sculpts
amazing, impossible-to-describe works featuring light as a main component;
the gallery also plays host to events that include music, weekly yoga
classes, meditation, Chinese Qigong, and workshops on expanding your
Light-focused exhibits are all the rage at galleries this summer, but the Museum of Outdoor Arts is mixing the theme up a bit for its 30th anniversary. Alongside light sculptures and projections by 13 local and national artists, the exhibit features an original soundscape created by Grammy Award-winning engineer Mickey Houlihan.
Light Supply Daily from Sat., June 25 until Sat., February 25
The light sculptures of Dorothy Tanner and Mel Tanner have been selected to be in The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA)'s exhibit, Light Supply.
Dates: June 25, 2011 February 25, 2012
of Outdoor Arts
25th MOA will open Light Supply, a multi-media exhibition incorporating
the talents of 10 artists working with light and sound. Light Supply
will feature local, and national artists and a variety of works ranging
from light sculpture and projections, to immersive indoor and outdoor
light environments. Light Supply will also include an outdoor installation
in the Englewood sculpture garden corridor, which will run through
the end of the year to usher in the third annual Hudson Holiday light
Tanner's luminous sculptures light up the night at Vertigo
It was third Friday-time again last night, and at Vertigo Art Space, that means artist reception time. Though not as crazy as the first Friday gallery openings on Sante Fe, third Friday receptions often provide a more intimate and focused evening for art fans. Last night, Dorothy Tanner hosted her solo show, The Light Fantastic from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 960 Santa Fe Drive.
Tanner's free-standing sculptures and wall hangings use acrylic and LED lights as main ingredients to create luminous experiences for the viewer. Of her work she says, "I create environments that make people high, which I like since getting high has been one of my principle occupations in life."
Of course, she's right at home here in the Mile High City. Tanner recommends viewing the artworks in the evening so as to "experience the effect of light on the walls, people and the total space."
The show will be on view through November 13th, and if you didn't get a chance to make it out last night to say hi, make sure you at least cruise down Sante Fe drive, between 9th and 10th avenues one of these evening soon to catch a glimpse of the glowing sculptures through Vertigo's large front windows. It will be a sight to see.
For more information visit www.vertigoartspace.com
Excerpts from Pre-Colorado: Lumonics Installations, Gallery and Museum Exhibits
"The key to so much of the art of Lumonics [is]
light. The studio's founders, Dorothy Tanner and her late husband,
Mel, use light and acrylic the way painters use oil and canvas — as
a primary medium for artistic expression."
"If inner space is the last frontier, then Mel
and Dorothy Tanner are its pioneers. They create an aesthetic experience
unlike any other. A walk through the Lumonics Gallery is a bit like
a tour of some futuristic spaceship. The plastic sculptures blink,
drip, turn and glow. Like the Wizard of Oz behind a curtain, they
create a separate reality."
"As much as I relish the whole performance aspect
of Lumonics, I welcome anything that expands the audience for the
individual artworks in all their marvelous diversity.The art of Lumonics
is first and foremost an experiential art. That's only as it should
be." Michael Mills, art writer, New Times Broward-Palm Beach
"Imagine walking into another 'civilization' where verbal communication is kept limited and visual and audio communications are allowed to roam freely. This idea has come to life at Lumonics." The Chariot, Taravella High School, Coral Springs, FL
"You've heard of Pop Art, Op Art, and Kinetic Art. Mel and Dorothy Tanner create what could be called 'Wow Art'. In truth, the Tanners do have a better term for their acrylic sculptures: 'Lumonics.' " Skip Sheffield, Boca Raton Daily News
"Contemporary Art at its most up-to-date..."
"So what is it like? Words are inadequate; it
is, after all, a non-verbal experience. Suffice it to say that emotions
and the imagination are exercised in ways rarely experienced in everyday
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