let the art touch you

If you live in the Boston area (or are just visiting), get thee down to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA for two absolutely wonderful exhibits.

Trashformations East -- the art of recycling highlights the use of found objects to create some amazing pieces of art in a variety of media from fabrics and plastics to woods and metals. A few of my favorites include the colorful fish made from creatively cut pieces of plastic containers; some very large butterflies with wing patterns constructed from old wooden piano keys; a fantastic seated, full-sized woman made from a collection of high-gloss metals and pieces of wood; a large duck made of welded stainless steel scrap; and some fanciful and highly refined pieces of furniture.

The Fuller's description of this exhibit ( here) doesn't do justice the level of art and craft achieved in many of the pieces on display. Don't be put off.

This installation has been held over until August 28th--do check it out if you can.

Built Books -- books in metal, clay, wood and fiber is a new exhibit that will be at the Fuller until October 10th. For me, it was a bonus as I had really visited the museum for the Trashformations exhibit. My absolute favorite "books" were several pieces from Molly Van Nice's series Notings of the Journeyman, a set of artist paintboxes used as specimen display cases that are artfully filled with a wonderful array of items that she's collected since childhood. My simple description does not do justice to these pieces--I found them captivating.

Photography is not allowed in the galleries, else I would entice you with some shots...

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