High Voltage Pyrography: Between Wood, Science & Art
Thursday, September 13-Tuesday, November 13 Artist: Eric Beauchamp • beaubois.us
A resident artist at Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston, Eric Beauchamp shuns traditional art mediums for an energetic style using wood and high voltage electrical currents. Utilizing a series of self-designed tools, Beauchamp introduces up to 15,000 volts of electricity to the wood to create complex burnings that capture the movement and nature of electricity as it passes through.
In his words, “There is a synergy between the artist and nature; at times, the artist will force the current to flow into the desired direction and form and other times will allow the flow of electricity to blossom naturally.” To finish the works, Beauchamp uses gun powders, wood dyes, powdered metals, resins, and encaustic waxes to introduce color, depth, and shading.
Thursday, November 15-Tuesday, January 15 Artist: Seung Jae Kim • seungjaekim.com
A South Korean native, Seung Jae Kim photographs the landscape up close in search of nature’s structure. His compositions of tangled branches and dense foliage obscure trails and pathways through the forest.
In Seung’s words: “In nature, I see delicate paths, walls, and barriers constructed by trees, water, bushes, clouds, sand, and rocks. There are moments when I discover a trail used by animals that was not clearly visible, and I realize my connection to the forest. I feel freedom and confinement at the same time. I am reminded that nature guides humans and animals alike, and I too need to decide which path to take.”
The Gift of Art
Over the years, the Friends of the Glenview Library have not only contributed more than a million dollars to the Library, they also have given artwork for designated Library locations and have donated from their own collections. When you enter the Library from the underground garage, take notice of Field Scene. This colorful, evocative painting by David W. Voros was commissioned in 1986 to hang behind the Circulation Desk in the old Library. Treasures from the past have been recently installed in the Community Room. The Navajo rug and two Native American portraits were gifts from the Louann Van Zelst family. Age dimmed their beauty, but they now have been restored by the Friends. These three pieces help us remember our country’s first settlers and the beauty and craftsmanship of Native American handiwork for everyday use. The next time you attend a Library program, make sure to view these stunning works.
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General description of work
Size of work/frames
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References/other shows in which the artist has exhibited
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