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Wes Bruce: ‘Taken By Wonder’

New exhibition in Schaefer International Gallery.

September 5, 2013
Maui Weekly

The upcoming exhibition at Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (The MACC) Schaefer International Gallery, "Taken By Wonder," by artist-in-residence Wes Bruce, will open to the public starting Sunday, Sept. 8, but the action has already begun!

This exhibit seeks to promote an in-depth participatory process with the community, inviting the visitor to engage in observation, intuitive perception and interaction. The physical presence and experience within the exhibition will become the translation of "wonder," bridging many generations of viewers.

Events that have already taken place include a film presentation about his previous art project in California in early August and a "Pop-In Day" on Aug. 24. If you missed these preliminary events, follow Wes' daily blog of the ongoing project at www.thecuriouslife.us, and attend the "Family Observe & Play Day" on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Article Photos

This photo of Wes Bruce in his “fort” is a still image from “A Film About a Fort” by Bryan Bangerter.

The exhibit is a structural installation that takes up two-thirds of the 4,000-square-foot gallery space. The remaining gallery area will be used as a living, community interactive space for visitor contributions throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Visitors will be free to explore the caverns and chambers of the space, finding artifacts, maps and remnants of world civilizations, photographs, field samples, illustrations and writings. They will be invited to become part of the response in the interactive "mapping room" adjacent to the structure, with opportunities to share ideas through mark-making and word offerings.

Wes' concept for "Taken By Wonder" is centralized around the fictional research space of a group of outsiders and the discovery of their existence on an unknown island. There are blurred boundaries and hypothetical concepts alluding to origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics and social customs.

Wes spent much of his formative youth building forts and structures in the forests of Northern California. As an emerging artist, he now transforms space through large-scale site-specific installations as seen in The Fort at Escondido Center for the Arts (2010), and at LUX Art Center with Structure, Poetry, Humans, Joy & Mourning.

The primary goals of the exhibits program at The MACC's Schaefer International Gallery are to support artists in their exploration of new and innovative work; to encourage fresh ways of seeing, thinking and engaging with visual arts; and to fulfill an unyielding need for inspiration and meaning in our lives.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Neida Bangerter at (808) 283-4288 or neida@mauiarts.org.

The exhibit will be open through Nov. 2.

The new hours for Schaefer Gallery are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is always free.

 
 

 

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