Salt Lake City, UT - March, 2012
Art Access Gallery
Metal Sculptures and Jewelry
by Ric Blackerby
Art Access Gallery is pleased to present the work of Ric Blackerby.
In his search for ideas for jewelry design, Blackerby first discovered the beauty of the insect world while observing a dragonfly with his optivisor, a magnifying device for viewing fine detail. What he saw inspired him with a life-long artistic interest in insects. "The more insects I studied, the more infatuated I became. The fact that they have exoskeletons lends itself so naturally to metals," he says.
In addition to jewelry, he eventually began making insect sculptures out of steel, with an intent to draw the viewer's attention to the details seldom seen by most people. "A six-foot beetle demands a closer look," he says.
"The jewelry first inspired the sculpture," adds Blackerby. "Now they move through the studio - some are jeweled, some are armored. An insectsual world."
Access II Gallery
Glimpses of Decorated Life:
Oil Paintings and Collage Work
by Mary Boerens Sinner
Art Access II is pleased to feature the work of Mary Boerens Sinner.
Boerens describes her work as an exploration of emotion and interests, through a variety of media. "I am very conscious of geometry, color, temperature, line quality and texture," says Boerens. Her work is inspired by fashion, mid-century sensibilities and her own memories.
Boerens prefers humans over other subject matters, "A person interacting with objects in space gives ample room to play with narrative, emotion, proportions, etc.," she says. "I try to make my pieces feel as though there are moments of complete certainty and others of accidental success. In either case, the piece needs to feel decidedly imperfect. If I don't feel uneasy, the piece isn't complete."
Art Access/VSA Utah
801-328-0703, option 3
Mary Boerens Sinner
Dates & Hours
March 16 - April 13, 2012
Gallery Stroll Reception on Friday, March 16
from 6 to 9PM.
Art Access Gallery
is located at 230 South 500 West, #125 in Salt Lake City.
Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
About Art Access Galleries
The Art Access Galleries provide opportunities for artists with disabilities to access the mainstream of the arts community by exhibiting their work with that of artists without disabilities.
Art Access Gallery is funded in part by the following: Zoo Arts and Parks, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Utah Arts & Museums, Doctorow Family Foundation, Lawrence T. Dee & Janet T. Dee Foundation, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Kennecott Utah Copper Foundation, Marion D. & Maxine C. Hanks Foundation, and the generous support of our patrons and artists.