Exhibits and Events

2019-20 Exhibition Schedule

Date

Exhibit

Friday September 13th FAI 15th Anniversary Exhibit opens at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
September-October "Tuck Langland" presents "Egypt Revisited"
October 25th

"Tuck Langland Egypt Revisited" Closes

November-December

"2019 Holiday Show"

November 1st Holiday Show Opening Reception 5-9 pm
December 27th "2019 Holiday Show" Closes
January-February 2020 Randall J Clark
   
First Friday


We are open the First Friday of every month from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. We schedule most of our artists receptions for these evenings and we often have artists working.



Current Showroom Exhibit

 


"Egypt Revisited"

by Tuck Langland

 

Egypt

Fire Arts Inc. invites the public to a truly unique exhibit by sculptor Tuck Langland. "Egypt Revisited" will be open from September 6 - October 25, with an opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
 
This exhibit is comprised of work inspired by Langland's love of Egyptian sculpture. His first real contact with Egyptian sculpture came in 1960 when he was traveling in Europe for the first time. "I was in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin with two friends, and I wandered in a long gallery of Egyptian, Greek and Roman sculpture. At the far end was a small chamber with a door on each side. I peered in, and there was the famous bust of Nefertiti. I was awestruck. I had never seen anything so beautiful."
 
Ever since then he has been drawn to Egyptian sculpture, especially that of the late 18th Dynasty, the era of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and, of course, King Tutankhamen, or Tut. Langland has also been back to Berlin twice since then to see these works, as well as traveling to Egypt in January of 2019, and has made his own versions of some of the sculptures.
 
"I wanted to own one, especially a small head of a princess, but of course I couldn't have it, so I made my own. From there I decided to make further variations on these masterpieces."
 
Nefertiti stands full length in this show, at about one-third life size. Queen Tiye, the mother of Akhenaten, is shown, based on a very small wooden head of her in the Berlin Museum, about the size of a baseball, but radiating a power around the entire gallery that is amazing. She is shown with her tall crown of Two Feathers. And of course there is Akhenaten himself, wearing the Blue Crown. Each of these, (plus the others) have slight changes that make them a bit different from their originals. For example, Nefertiti is created with head and shoulders very much in the Amarna Style (the name of that period of work), while the body is drawn from sculptures of 1,000 years earlier.
 
"She also breaks the rigid frontality of most Egyptian works, and turns her head and gaze slightly to one side. The same is true of the bust of Akhenaten.  And his base is a variation of the Step Pyramid of Zoser from about 1,300 years earlier. Also, the Egyptians had plenty of gold and used it freely, so gold leaf has been used to remind us of that."
 
Langland's earliest work in the show, called The Death Ecstasy of Queen Nefertiti, dates from his years in Kentucky, around 1970, and is on loan from the Midwest Museum of American Art, in Elkhart. Greeting visitors is an animal, which he rarely does, called Anubis, the Sacred Jackal, Lord of the Dead, and is modeled off the one standing guard at the entrance to the inner sanctum of the Tut tomb. 

"None of the ten works are meant to be accurate copies, nor are they totally from my imagination, but rather, like a series of paintings based strongly on the cave paintings in Lascaux created by Elaine DeKooning, wife of the famous painter, they are a genre all their own. But then we must remember that Egyptian art went on with few changes for over 3,000 years, so each sculptor, with few exceptions, was essentially copying the works of those who came before. And isn't that the real history of all artistic styles? " 

 

 

 

 

 

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