Story by Robert Brehm
Photos by Nicole Marcelli
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Artist Dorothy Tanner uses light as her medium along with water, plastic, fabric and her imagination. The sculptures adorning the walls and fountains on display at Lumonics are psychedelic and mesmerizing. When Tanner and her talented crew open up Lumonics for an event (which is at least every weekend), there's almost always a light show filling an entire wall, courtesy of guest videographers and designers or the Lumonics experts themselves. The space contains several rooms and display areas, with secure spots to stash coats, shoes and jaw-dropping art (don't miss the pyramid installation). Shows range from intimate world-music journeys to bass-heavy dubstep lineups to DJ workshops to ecstatic chant and dance. For an illuminating experience, there's no substitute for Lumonics.
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
There Be Light
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
June 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
Lumonics Light and Sound Gallery, 800 E. 73 Avenue, #11, in Denver, Colorado, is the latest embodiment of a theme initiated decades ago by artists Mel and Dorothy Tanner.
800 E. 73 Ave. #11
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