Figge Art Talks Focus on Chair Design and Environmental Art Print
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:12


Talks highlights techniques used to make chairs and environmental art

“How was it made?” is a question that one hears frequently when looking at art. Learn how several chairs in the Figge Art Museum special exhibition The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design were made at an art talk at 7 pm Thursday, July 14. Mark Holmes, associate professor of Art at Knox College, will present the talk. In addition to his work as a sculptor, Holmes spent 15 years designing and making furniture (including chairs) as the owner of -ism Furniture in Chicago. He received his MFA in Sculpture from Yale University.

The Art of Seating will be on view at the Figge through September 4. The exhibition is developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art, and organized by International Art & Artists, Washington, D.C. For additional exhibition-related programs, please visit the Figge website at

Also this Thursday, at 6pm visiting artist Aurora Robson will talk about her work, Up Drop, which is installed on Level 1. The sculpture is made from plastic debris (PET bottles) caps, rivets, tinted polycyrlic and steel armature.  Robson's intricate and remarkable hanging structures are created from all manner of discarded plastic waste.   This work complements the current exhibition, Water Views by providing an interesting counterpoint to the idyllic waterscapes ofWater Views

Robson will be featured in the fall installation, Everything All at Once Forever, opening September 24 in the Orientation Gallery on Level 1.  The installation will feature plastic debris sculptures created specifically for the Figge installation. These new individual pieces will complement Up Drop, a work borrowed from the Gallery 212 in Colorado. Together they will create a space for the audience to explore the works on an intimate level.

Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members.



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