Friday Evening, January 5, 2018, 5:00-8:00 pm
Artist Talk, 6:00 pm
Lanning, a Bryant Nagel Gallery in Sedona, Arizona, welcomes found object sculptor Phil Lichtenhan to its first artist reception of 2018. As our New Year begins it is fitting that nests full of eggs, and all the potential that implies, should fill the gallery. The fact that artist Phil Lichtenhan finds his materials along roadsides, railroads, and alleyways, in the city or out in the desert should fill all of us with optimism: We can indeed cobble ourselves together from whatever aspects currently fill our lives. Rebirth is always an option.
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Phil Lichtenhan finds materials everywhere: He is popular at construction sites for picking up discarded twisted wire ties that can be dangerous underfoot, but which make perfect ties within his art pieces. Old vineyards are excellent sources for strings of wire; Lichtenhan uses a tremendous amount of this in the body of his nests. As he notes, his materials are “the discards of our world.”
Phil Lichtenhan also creates the realistic-looking ceramic eggs affixed within each of his nests. Affixed firmly so that many of his nests can be displayed on a tabletop or shelf – or hung on a wall. One of his most recent nests is a unique floor sculpture: It’s frame is a tripod of aged metal fenceposts and the nest, with its elegant blue eggs, is woven within the stakes. With an MFA from the University of Arizona and, before that, art study at Northern Arizona University and an extended degree in art education, Phil Lichtenhan taught for years before turning, nearly twenty years ago to the life of a full-time artist.
Mark your calendar to attend the Artist Talk by Phil Lichtenhan at 6:00 on January 5th and be amazed at how such unique art can be created from materials found just about anywhere.
This exhibition runs through January 14th.
View additional works by Phil Lichtenhan here.