HFU presents January Art Exhibit: Lantana by Bryan Rasmussen

Mourning Cloak06 WebHoly Family University Art Gallery will be exhibiting the work of Bryan Rasmussen. The show titled Lantana will be on exhibit from January 5 through February 5, 2015, with the artist reception and artist talk on January 20, 2015 from 6-8 pm. Bryan Rasmussen is an international artist who is known for his dynamic and elegant sculptures that incorporate tension and contrast in their design.

Bryan Rasmussen lives and creates his art in Chattanooga, TN, and has been an artist in the Southeast for more than 10 years. Regarding this art show, Rasmussen stated "I am very pleased and gratified to be chosen by the Holy Family University Art Gallery for this solo show. It is nice to be recognized in one of the great art scenes of the world (Philadelphia)."

Artistic Statement:
Simplicity, precision and tension are properties that I explore in my work. I find these properties in nature spending time outdoors studying the things that I find on hikes such as seed pods and animal bones. It is fascinating to see the geometry of a seed pod that has burst open, to view that each part of the pod can be put back together to reform the whole. The way bones fit together to shift and slide to make movement possible also informs my work.

I have chosen a very simple, direct approach to express my observations through my work. I start with a three-dimensional representation of a straight line. I slice the line one or more times, opening it like a seed pod and let the pieces slide and shift, like bones. The new form that these actions create becomes the sculpture. Old work inspires new work, this keeps the series constantly growing becoming more and less complex, but always moving forward, exploring simplicity and precision to make an elegant work of art.

About Artist Bryan Rasmussen:
Bryan Rasmussen lives and works in Chattanooga, TN. His artwork is represented in private collections of art collectors and other institutions across the country, including the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA, and Volkswagon Manufacturing Plant in Chattanooga, TN. Rasmussen's website can be found at www.bryan-rasmussen.com.