b. 1952 Anacortes, Wash.
Lanny Bergner is a mixed-media sculptor/installation, fiber and sculptural basketry artist. The ethereal quality of Bergner’s work is in contrast to the mundane materials he uses to construct them. They are created using industrially woven bronze, brass, aluminum and stainless steel mesh, silicone, wire and glass frit. Using only a linesman pliers and cutting shear, he employs inventive yet simple joining techniques to transform mesh into semi-transparent chambers, vessels and angular constructions that play with light and overlapping patterns. The forms are made without the use of an armature and their structural integrity is determined by the method of construction. In his most recent works he employs pyrography techniques to burn patterning/drawings into stainless steel mesh.
The works reference undersea forms, vessel forms, architecture, plant biology, microorganisms, cosmology, and the human body. They engage the viewer with glimpses into a world where nature and industry coalesce and they celebrate the mystery and wonder of it all.
Lanny has been creating biomorphic and geometric constructions and installations out of metal mesh since 1983.
His work is in numerous museum collections including the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA and The Central Museum of Textile, Łódź, Poland. His work has garnered several awards including the Betty Bowen Memorial Award, administered by the Seattle Art Museum and in 2005 he won a Gold Prize at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, Korea.
To learn more about his work, visit http://home.wavecable.com/~lbergner/.
Stephen Rolfe Powell
b. 1951 Birmingham, Ala.
The color in Stephen Rolfe Powell’s glass pieces has been compared to that of watercolor paintings. With a background in ceramics from Louisiana State University, Powell began to experiment with glass in his spare time at various crafts schools and through internships. Inspired by artist Richard Marquis’s work with murrini, a glass substance used to add color, Powell began his work with a focus on color and the manipulation of transparency and opacity.
Powell creates vessels with long, thin necks and very rounded bottoms. Rather than forcing the glass into very specific shapes, Powell allows gravity to morph his pieces. Allowing the glass to stretch itself causes Powell to have a failure rate of about 80 percent. Pieces that actually survive this strenuous stretching process have a retro, tie-dye look. Purples, reds and yellows are dominant his works.
Powell’s work is in the collections of the Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Ala.; the Hillman Collection, Portland, Ore.; and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, among many others. He lives and works in Danville, Ky.
To learn more about his work, visit www.stephenrolfepowell.com
b. 1945 San Mateo, Ca.
Cork Marcheschi, both a visual artist and a musician, states that his work “is about energy, light and humor.” His pieces are brightly colored and glow or light up, commanding attention from viewers. Light bulbs, paint and neon and halogen tubes are just a few of the items that frequently appear in Marcheschi’s works.
Also a proponent of public art, Marcheschi’s public works are found all over the world and in varying climates, from the hot and steamy to the frigid and frozen. These extreme variations in climate provide a challenge for the artist and require him to tailor each of his pieces to the climate of its future home.
Marcheschi’s work is found in the Heitz Collection, Los Angeles; the Taylor Collection, San Francisco; the Morton Newmann Collection, Chicago and the Hunter Museum, among others.
To view some of Marcheschi’s pieces, visit www.corkmarcheschi.com.
b. 1973 Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chattanooga artist Thomas Spake never considered a career in visual arts until entering the glassblowing studio at Center College in Danville, Ky. After graduation, Spake became the Glass Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. He later became the Manager and Head Glassblower for the River Gallery Glass Studio in Chattanooga.
Spake uses glass to explore the similarities between earth, air and sea. His works range from small-scale ornaments to large-scale outdoor sculpture.
Spake’s works can be found in the collections of the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville; the Siskin Foundation, Chattanooga; and Joseph Descosimo and Co. He lives and works in Chattanooga.
To view some of Spake’s pieces, visit www.thomasspakestudios.com.