Lanny Bergner kicks it up a notch when he uses bronze, metal, brass and other hard materials and employs pliers to transform mesh into eerily gorgeous, almost see-through chambers and vessels shaped evocatively into such items as teapots or amoebas.
A collection of Bergner's intricately formed sculptures are on display in the exhibit "Mesh" through Feb. 23 in the main gallery at Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett.
Bergner's works, in fact, reference several of nature's wonders such as undersea forms and the human body. Bergner also uses architecture, plant biology and the cosmos as motivation.
Bergner has been creating constructions and installations out of metal mesh since 1983.
The works in "Mesh" will feature a selection of bronze, brass, aluminum and stainless steel mesh studio works created since 2005 and installations created on-site specifically for Schack, according to press material about the show.
In addition to using industrially woven bronze, brass, copper, aluminum and stainless steel mesh, Bergner is a mixed-media artist who also uses silicone, wire and glass in his work.
Bergner uses only pliers, scissors and technique to create these mesh forms that have no skeleton but hold their shape because of the way Bergner constructs them.
Bergner, 59, was born in Anacortes, where he has a studio and a home. He shows his work at numerous museums including the Seattle Art Museum.
In 1995 he won the Betty Bowen Memorial Award, administered by the Seattle Art Museum.
In 2010 he was one of five American artists invited to exhibit in the prestigious 13th International Triennial of Tapestry in Poland, according to his biography.
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