A sculpture of woven glass melts into a solid block. A carved wooden rifle becomes a screaming goose. A wooden fish seamlessly transforms into an architecturally perfect house. In the Art in Wonderland Flash Gallery Event, each of the 28 featured pieces conceals a moment of transformation.
In Sylvie Rosenthal‘s intricate and detail-oriented pieces, animals transform into houses and a tumble of small chairs strive for balance atop a large pelican head. We are caught in a transformative moment as we watch the plight of the snake that has swallowed a teapot. Rosenthal’s vision is “infused with humor and steeped in the impossible,” and we laugh with her as she strives to find balance in the “ebbs and flows of personal gravity.”
In contrast, Kyle Hawke’s carved wooden creatures fly through the world in a sweep of motion. His carved giraffes run not on four legs but on a handful of bent sticks, all trailing behind the long-necked bodies in a gesture of movement. Hawke carves each creature from a single piece of wood that has been altered on the cellular level and transforms it into an almost-breathing, yet most unusual animal.
In a more formal context, glass artist William Zweifel creates stunning glass sculptures in which woven glass seems to melt into solid blocks. In his form of alchemy, the artist first weaves molten glass into fragments of cloth and then drapes and fuses the fragments into pieces that tell a story of emotion, temperature and gravity.
On a larger scale, in Vincent Leman’s furniture pieces, a marriage of cabinets lean against each other or balance like acrobats. In “Trophy Wife,” Leman pairs progressive style with traditional, curvilinear lines with geometric– the transformation of the cabinets has begun! In Vincent Leman’s work, it is not a seamless transformation that we see, but abrupt combinations of cabinets and bookshelves, each retaining their own styles, working together in an inspirational partnering of shape and function.
Lisa and Scott Cylinder begin each of their amazing one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces with parts from vintage musical instruments. With impeccable craftsmanship and a whimsical vantage point, they transform saxophone keys and violin scrolls into intricate pieces of wearable art. A whippen brooch made from upright piano parts has a jaw that opens and closes. A dodo bird necklace featuring parts from five musical instruments has a neckpiece made from a nylon cello strap. These miniature wonders of transformation attract us with their stories of origin as well as our fascination with rebirth.
Approaching her work as a partnership between artist and wood, Marceil DeLacy carves birds and small animals that seem to emerge from blocks of wood. In the “Gun Exchange” sculptures featured in the event, DeLacy carves each sculpture using wood that has been sold as a gun blank. And then, in a moment of creative transformation, the gun changes before our eyes as the barrel transforms into a French baguette, or the arching neck of a screaming goose.
With Patricia Barry Levy’s digitally composed photomontages, we arrive on the scene after the transformation has taken place. A wind-up bird hunts for food in the forest floor, a fish and fishing boat seem to have traded places, and in “MoonPhases,” we witness the final stages of magical transformation. The rabbit sits atop the magician’s hat, and the teacup has replaced the moon as an illuminating spot-light. Set against a star-filled sky, you wonder just exactly what has happened in the scene in front of you.
And perhaps it is the same for each of the 28 artworks featured in this 10 day online event. A bit of magic has occurred. Stories are being told. Objects are transforming before your eyes.
Look closely: the resulting artworks may surprise — and delight you!