Featured works by both artists include 3-D sculptors created from a variety of modern media. Crimi creates her sculptures from a variety of recycled instruments and music media.
“The idea stems from the fact that to me it’s all about the music,” said artist Michele R. Crimi. “When the music stops and when an instrument breaks, where does it go? I recycle Detroit Music into Art, using instruments and music media donated to me by local musicians.”
Influenced by Native American and Celtic cultures, Crimi believes that nothing goes to waste and the circle of life has no end. “The music never dies, it simply takes on another form; continuing to be a part of your soul, like the song you will never forget,” said Crimi.
Jesse Brandel creates 3-D contour sculptures from wire, creating works that demand space.
“Early on I found myself intrigued by various pieces that used just lines to create an image,” said Brandel. “We called this technique contour. As many of my classmates can tell you, I had a heavy hand, the result being that I would draw these contours far too dark. Sooner or later I had to get over my bad habits to make the best of my work.”
Brandel decided to try something new in his works. He began developing a new technique, where he would take a contour drawing, and bring it into the third dimension. “Using two or three wires twisted together I was able to create lines that would define the shape of the figures,” state Brandel. “Using wire as a medium makes for an interesting piece. Details are lost and revealed from different viewpoints around each sculpture. As you walk around each piece you can see how different features flatten and expand; each angle creates a whole new shape and emotion for the viewer.”
A special artists’ reception that is free and open to the public will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill.
This multi-media art exhibit at the Gallery@VT is also free and open to the public: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater; as well as by appointment by calling 734/394-5300. The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, MI is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of the dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups. For more information about this latest exhibition, please call 734/394-5300 or visit cantonvillagetheater.org.
Media Contacts: Jennifer Tobin, Canton Arts Coordinator - 734/394-5484
Anne Jahn – Exhibition Coordination – 734-394-5300.
ART: Sculpture #7 Remembrance by Jesse Brandel