Brian Widmaier

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Brian Widmaier received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, followed by his Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2010. There he spent multiple summers in Detroit working in an abandoned home where he stripped down the furnishings, built a kiln, and made ceramic plates which were used to serve food to the community. He is currently a visiting faculty member with the 3D4M Ceramics program at the University of Washington School of Art. This is a relatively new program that explores interdisciplinary exchanges between Ceramics, Glass, and Sculpture, which are reflected in Brian’s own work.

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Burnt into Time, 2014

Wood, Fabric, Photo-sensitive Dye

Brian was inspired to work with the grids created by the walking paths between buildings on the University of Washington Campus. He created obelisk forms from pink wood mixed with fabric that have been bleached by the sun. The obelisks, reaching twelve feet in height, will block light and create moving shadows throughout the day. These shadows unveil the ever-changing surfaces around them, with which the viewer can interact and witness the steady progression of time.

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