In the main space, Wexler Gallery presents new works by contemporary studio furniture artists Thomas Hucker and Thomas Huang. The exhibition will run from May 7 through June 26, 2010.
An Opening Reception will take place First Friday, May 7 from 5 – 8pm.
Thomas Hucker’s work focuses on the contextual relationship of his designs and their surroundings. According to the artist, “a piece of furniture’s composition, proportions, and finishes must relate to its surroundings, as furniture does not exist alone.” With a focus on designing and fabricating both functional furniture and sculptural objects, the artist is greatly influenced by traditional European and Asian furniture such as Beidemeir and Ming Dynasty, his aesthetic representing a unique fusion and interpretation of influences.
Thomas Huang’s work attempts to better understand the global condition of cultural mixing through the use of weaving and binding as a metaphor. He explores both traditional and non-traditional techniques and materials. As functional objects, his objects suggest the commonality of our basic human utilitarian needs. As sculpture, they celebrate the diversity of various materials and the intrinsic qualities these materials contain. Combining bamboo, bronze, rattan, wood, steel, and acrylic, his work moves fluidly between studio furniture, contemporary fiber arts, and sculpture.
On the second floor, WALLS at Wexler presents recent works by photographer Lisa Tyson Ennis. Ennis studied studio art and art history at the University of Delaware, while teaching herself photography, a passion she acquired early in life. Through intense workshops with master photographers and by assisting internationally known fine art photographer Michael Kahn, Ennis has developed a unique style of work in which she eloquently explores symbols that tend to touch our primordial senses and evoke a mysterious sense of calm. Working in the ethereal and fleeting half light of dawn and dusk, the artist is able to capture mysterious images that record, over time, that which the eye can not see. Ennis has shown extensively in national group and solo exhibitions. She currently devotes her time primarily to fine art photography and teaches private seminars at her studio in West Chester, PA.
Wexler Gallery is an internationally recognized gallery exhibiting the finest in art and design, located at 201 North Third Street in the historical district of Old City Philadelphia. The gallery is proud to showcase some of the world’s most esteemed artists working in the fields of contemporary glass, paintings, and design, along side emerging talent from these fields.