"The Elements" at ArtSpace

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Sean Hennessy “A Dream Of Flying” cast glass, concrete

The Elements,” is an exhibition that features the imaginative work of four contemporary artists, Sherill Gross, Sean Hennessy, Sean Lundgren and Alexandra Zealand, opening on Friday, Feb 5th at ArtSpace Herndon.

Anchored in the classic elements of Hellenic physics – Water, Fire, Earth and Air – these artists use the elements as a part of their medium, rather than as the subject of their works.

Each element contains the origin of their work, is part of their work, and even transforms their work. Paper can not be created without water; ironically too much water can also destroy paper. Early fire pits dug into the sand had the side effect of also causing the first forms of glass, when the extreme heat of the fire melted silica. Dirt is the earth, the source of clay, and the root of life. Air is the space that floats between suspended objects, allowing for movement, light and shadow. Air is also the catalyst for physical transformation.

“I think of Fire as light, as heat, and as a metaphorical spark of creativity, a Prometheun gift of consciousness. I use fire both physically and conceptually to create glass and concrete wall relief sculptures inspired by personal interpretations of myth, religions, and a whimsical use of everyday objects.” Sean Hennessey

Sean Hennessey is a sculptor, painter, and glass artist. A graduate of Berea College, Sean worked in professional theatre for ten years and has bridged the theatre and fine arts community since moving to DC in 1997. His works have been seen in many contexts and venues including: The Shakespeare Theatre, The Kennedy Center, the Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Arena Stage, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Signal 66, The National Institutes of Health, The Ratner Museum and Artomatic. He’s the owner of Scenic Artisans LLC, a decorative paint and sculpture service, and a resident artist at the Washington Glass School and Creative Arts Center. dcsean.com

The Elements

ArtSpace Herndon

Dates: February 5–26, 2011

Reception: Saturday, February 5 – 6-8pm.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Thursday: 10am-2pm, Friday: 10am-8pm, Saturday–Sunday: 12pm-5pm, Closed Mondays

750 Center Street, Herndon, VA

Tel: 703-956-6590

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