Brian Widmaier

Brian Widmaier received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, followed by his MFA 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. Through 2013 he was a visiting faculty member with the 3D4M (3-Dimensional Forum) Ceramics program at the University of Washington School of Art. He is currently living in Los Angeles with an artist residency at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

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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