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The art of Lawry Gold

The work of Associate Professor of Art Lawry Gold was exhibited at PLU's University Gallery throughout the month of April 2000. The exhibit was partly Gold's sabbatical show and partly a segment of PLU's Millennium Symposia-Art Series and showcased several of Gold's functional art pieces. Following are some images of his work and his own words in commentary.

Lawry Gold I am particularly interested in what art was for, before our current attitudes about artists and market places defined our relationship to it.

I am interested in art that, although beautiful, was more than decorative. I thought about ancient art, which was probably as much ritual object as decoration. What objects in our lives might be ripe for this kind of special attention–for ritualizing consciously?

I think today's world is dominated by habits of thought and rituals that are oriented away from the mysterious and toward the economics and efficiencies of time, space and entertainment. I felt certain functional household objects might be the ritual objects I was thinking about. I chose tables, clocks, and lamps as a starting point.

In my show at PLU's University Gallery, the theme is game boards. Many of the pieces in the show are based on the geometry of games, but without rules for play. I hope observers discover a way into the logic and form of the design and imagine their own rules.

Time Flies Time Flies Time Flies is a piece that is essentially self-explanatory. It is filled with references to the passage of time (the cycle of moons, the sunset-to-night color on the 'house,' and the clock itself) and to our awareness of time in the pattern of eyes open and eyes closed on the roof shingles and the way it seems to fly by through the use of wings. It uses the idea of a 'grandfather clock' as its point of departure, another reference to time, although in this case, ancestral (part of millenium art show).
My God Look at the Time My God Look at the Time is a clock that uses the style of a 1950s horror film to highlight the growing sense of 'not having enough time' as an impending monster from outer space (part of millennium art show).
Half Round Half Round
As I worked with the idea of game tables I thought about my own, very tiny house and came up with a table that might fit in a small place or hallway. Nothing more exciting than that–except for the design itself!
The Lake House The Lake House is in part a metaphor of my own, little shack on the Hood Canal where I live and work. Perhaps the 'lake' that lies below it represents unconscious desires that lie hidden behind all our actions.
Light Flight Light Flight is a lamp that is as much folk art sculpture. One tower has illumination, the other can soar. They are connected by a mahogany bridge that is suspended above a pond in a field of toothpic grass. Careful how you touch this one!
Seven Days Seven Days
My favorite piece is an elaborate game board with nature and the seven days of creation as its central theme. It is made of hand-painted imagery with many layers of epoxy and beads. Each of the unmatched legs is fashioned in the style of a particular ancient civilization's column design (part of millennium art show).

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