May 5, 2010

Glass artist Therman Statom returns to RAM

Photo by Marc Wollman

Glass artist Therman Statom returns to the Racine Art Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour of his exhibition Outside the Box in RAM's Windows on Fifth Gallery on Saturday, May 22, at 2:30 pm.

Statom will guide visitors through his installation, subtitled Quattro Stagoni, with RAM Executive Director Bruce W. Pepich. Our story about his creation of the installation last July is here.

Statom returned earlier this spring to slightly modify the work Quattro Stagoni (or "Four Seasons" in Italian). The installation includes elements that suggest aspects of each season -- progressing from frosty areas of glass and glowing colors of reflective ice to floral imagery and vessels that suggest growing pods and buds.

RAM commissioned Statom to create this year-long exhibition for its Windows on Fifth Gallery. The windows feature lively painted glass arrangements of unusual objects that encourage viewers to create their own imaginative connections. For the first time since its opening, RAM has allowed an artist to alter its spaces in the windows. Statom has painted on the frosted glass walls that divide the window space from the main first floor gallery. While not the largest space he has worked with, this is Statom's first exhibition at an art museum that has been held in so public a space: visible on the sidewalk.

On Friday, May 21, at 2 pm, Statom will lead a group of students from Racine's Walden III Middle and High School through the changes and addition to his exhibition, and in a hands-on activity.

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