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Lynn’s public art project for the Sacramento Airport is up.

The artwork is located in the transfer level of the airport’s ticket hall. It is defined by a yellow-green terrazzo rectangle measuring 18’ x 30’ and directly over-head by 21 suspended emerald green birdcages. Twenty-one silhouettes of various indigenous Northern Californian birds will be water jet cut in 3/8” brushed aluminum rectangles, inset into the floor, and filled with black terrazzo. Each suspended cage is hung directly over a bird silhouette. Additionally, a metaphorical dialogue between a woman holding a birdcage and a magpie is embedded into the floor. The magpie image is taken from a painting by Johann Walther created in 1650. The birds are either perched or standing. None are in flight because they are located in the airport terminal “land side” as opposed to “air side”. The aluminum rectangles which surround each bird are meant to depict a still photograph—a moment captured, as birds are not very often sitting still. The artist hopes that travelers will identify the images of birds that are scattered throughout the artwork by their silhouettes. Together, the birdcages overhead and the birds on the floor define and redefine the space as travelers approach and pass through this area of the airport.

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Michael Bishop has been living and working in Istanbul as a Fulbright Fellow for the past year. Well known for his studio and public practice, this is his first exhibition at the Skinner Howard Gallery. The work includes recent digital prints on Turkish industrial felt from his studio in Istanbul and sculpture new to Sacramento.

At first glance, the Istanbul prints on felt seem miles apart from his work in California – constructed 3-dimensional pictures and free standing sculpture, the most recent of which have powder coated matt surfaces on aluminum and cast bronze. The photo images on felt however, provide the same anti-reflective, light sucking surface as the powder coast, underscoring Bishop’s ongoing interest to still the moment. While captured images used in both bodies of work flip from two dimensional in the felt work to three dimensional in the metal work, there is a fundamental consistency at play.
Istanbul & California
September 10 – November 5, 2011

PREVIEW RECEPTION: Thursday, September 8, 2001, from 5 – 8pm

SECOND SATURDAY RECEPTION: Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 6 – 9pm

ARTIST PRESENTATION: Thursday, October 13 from 4 – 7pm
with Introduction by Scott Shields, Ph.D.
associate Director and Chief Curator, Crocker Art Museum


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