|The Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College (VAC) announced its summer exhibition. Chad Alan Clark: Casting Stones ran from July 11 through August 25, 2011. The Artist’s Reception was held on Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m. An informal Gallery Talk by the artist preceded the opening at 6 p.m.
In his first major solo exhibition, Chad Alan Clark (Portsmouth, VA) presented site-specific installations in the VAC galleries. In the Goodman Gallery, Clark used over 100 large-scale hand-blown glass rocks varying in size and color, sand and a sixteen-foot bridge to create a Zen rock garden that included the features and symbols often found in these dry landscape environments.
An interactive glass structure featuring hundreds of hand-blown forms of lighting was constructed in the La Bouvé Gallery. Projected and refracted light illuminated the structure itself while light patterns could be seen through tubes and other glass components. Clark had a number of wall pieces installed throughout the galleries created mainly from glass, metal and wood.
Clark strives to find balance and harmony in his work while pushing the boundaries of the multiple and challenging materials he uses. He creates objects that are clever and compelling — objects that achieve the level of precision and craftsmanship of early artisans and glassblowers. Although he uses their same techniques, tools and materials, he unites glass and metal in ways that are contemporary and unique.