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"Breathing Glass and Raining Popcorn: Installations by Sandy Skoglund"
2004-01-24 until 2004-04-18
Museum of Glass, International Center for Contemporary Art
USA United States of America
he Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art will present the work of Sandy Skoglund in a new exhibition that opens January 24, 2004. Breathing Glass and Raining Popcorn: Installations by Sandy Skoglund, which showcases two of the artist's works, will be displayed in the Museum gallery through April 18, 2004.Sandy Skoglund is best known for her surreal photographs that warp the reality of everyday domestic scenes. To obtain the photographs, the artist creates room-sized installations, then places real people in them. Two of these photographs and the installations that were used to stage them will be featured at the museum.
In Breathing Glass, thousands of glass dragonflies flutter among mini-marshmallows and three glass mosaic human figures. Raining Popcorn depicts a world knee-deep in popcorn, with human figures huddled around a campfire as a popcorn blizzard swirls around them. Both of these scenes are displayed as the massive installations for which Skoglund is well known, and both include the use of food, one of Skoglund's preferred materials. In previous works, she has incorporated such materials as jellybeans, cheese doodles and eggshells.
"Sandy Skoglund's installations mesmerize viewers," stated the Museum's Assistant Curator Tara McDonnell. "Her unexpected use of materials results in magical settings that everyone can enjoy, regardless of whether or not they are versed in contemporary art. Her work delights audiences--in a seriously fun way."
Sandy Skoglund is an internationally acclaimed artist whose works have been commissioned by museums and universities around the world. She has studied studio art, art history, filmmaking, printmaking and multimedia art. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Smith College and Master's degrees from the University of Iowa. Her works are included in the collections of more than 35 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.