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Time: February 12, 2011 at 2pm to April 30, 2011 at 5:30pm
Location: Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Street: 17, Oak Street, Northern Quarter
Website or Map: http://www.craftanddesign.com
Phone: 0161 832 4274
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Latest Activity: Feb 3, 2011
Richard Wheater Exhibition
Manchester Craft and Design Centre
17 Oak Street
Manchester M4 5JD
February 12th –April 30th 2011 (Free admission)
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm
Richard Wheater's dazzling neon glass sculptures will be brightening up Manchester Craft and Design Centre from February 2011. I’m Electric Your Electric showcases 5 new neon glass sculptures, made by traditional neon glass making techniques. Richard combines these neon elements to hand blown and found inclusions to complete his work.
Wheater’s glowing works question contemporary perceptions of neon glass. By introducing us to its past, as an industrial material, and demonstrating its possibilities as a modern creative medium, Richard bypasses the ‘take away food sign’ aesthetic of the material. The results are glowing sculptures, which play with our preconceived notions of a diverse material.
Wheater regularly works with glass and neon through performance and installation. Richard says he enjoys the learning of skills to unlock a materials secret. Yet despite this satisfying journey, his early interest in the process of skill development has always been superseded by a thirst for conveying strong narrative.
Interest in the topical discussions surrounding mankind’s relationship with our environment has dictated his material choice in previous works, namely glass and light. Working with the same materials from which the idea is inspired, he conveys a more powerful and direct response. This thirst for a response has also encouraged him to think ideas through performance.
Wheater will also be delivering neon glass workshops in Manchester during the exhibition.
The exhibition launches on Saturday 12th February and runs until April 30th 2011
For more information www.craftanddesign.com twitter: #I’MELECTRIC
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