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Tony Feher: Extraordinary Ordinary
Ulrich - Exhibition
Saturday, March 17, 2012
"Tony Feher: Extraordinary Ordinary," on view through fall 2012 in the Ulrich Museum's Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection on the campus of Wichita State University.
With the indoor galleries closed for renovation, the Ulrich Museum of Art turned to internationally recognized artist Tony Feher to activate our outdoor spaces by creating site-determined artworks for the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Art in an unexpected guise has added sparkle and inspired conversation on the WSU campus this spring. Feher is recognized for his ability to call attention to overlooked beauty in common objects and familiar
places. The artist's current installation for WSU comprises rows of water-filled plastic drinking bottles painted fluorescent orange and hung at even intervals along the branches of trees throughout campus. Viewed singularly, each individual row of bottles offers a seemingly random, unexpected pop of color. Viewed collectively, they guide one's eye to visually connect the stretch of one tree branch to the subtle arc of another.
The vibrant linear network encourages university students, staff, and visitors to see familiar spaces anew. For more about this project, visit: www.ulrich.wichita.edu/feher.
Feher has an impressive record of exhibitions from New York to Istanbul. He has had solo exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; and Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York. A major retrospective of his work organized by the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, opens this May at the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, and travels later to Texas.
"Tony Feher: Extraordinary Ordinary" has been organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art and is generously supported by Joan Beren and Bud and Toni Gates.
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