Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Stick Stack Show at the VAC

Image via Johnathan Brilliant's website

Starting on Friday, the True F. Luck Gallery at the Visual Arts Center will be hosting artist Johnathan Brilliant and his incredible sculpture exhibit called the Stick Stack Show. Johnathan Brilliant uses materials from the coffee shop, which he considers to be "his natural environment". He uses everything from stir sticks to sugar packets to build the site-responsive installations. The exhibit is meant to address "the upsurge of our contemporary caffeine culture and the development of the coffee shop as a popular 21st century social habitat." The exhibit will feature anywhere from 30,000 to 60,000 coffee stir sticks woven in place using only tension and compression.

The Stick Stack Show exhibition will be on display from November 4 through December 21 at the Visual Arts Center. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm. The VAC will also feature a talk with the artist this Friday, November 4, from 5:30 to 6:00 pm.

Check out Johnathan Brilliant's labor-intensive process in the fast motion video below:

His forms and shapes remind me a lot of a smaller scale Leviathan by Anish Kapoor. I can't wait to check this out in person!

Christie Thompson

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