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Lanny Garland, Transformations and Re-cycles

“Nobody else is doing that!”
⎯Robin Riddel The Denver Post 1994

“Art connects me to the sacred places within us all, to the commonality of human beings, cultures, civilizations, rituals and ceremonies…”
⎯Lanny Garland

By Béa Aaronson

Textures, colors, and compositions pirouette into Lanny Garland’s magic creative land. Scrub brushes transform into regal tassels. Discarded trash, found objects, functional basketry, a dizzying array of materials metamorphose into sumptuous wall hangings of ceremonial shamanistic robes and masks, as well as free standing sculptures of weird and wonderful birds, cats, jaguars, and animal/human hybrids which seem about to leap into consciousness.

“Lanny Garland, Transformations and Re-cycles”
Fri and Sat, Dec 19 and 20, 4-8pm
Sun, Dec 21, 11am-6pm
La Ostra Roja
A Casa Verde Annex
San Jorge 45
Colonia San Antonio (off Refugio Sur)

Garland’s rich, intricate, and theatrical creations dazzle the eye. Indeed, the first visual impact is one of awe and esthetic pleasure. Whether small or large, Garland’s treasures titillate your artistic palate. Once past the obvious sensuous joy of his lustrous colors, you marvel at the spiritual multicultural dimension of his work.

Garland is an artist healer. He not only gives another life to otherwise mundane, obsolete, or rejected objects, but he mingles Mesopotamian, Aztec, Mayan, North American Indian, African, Japanese, and Chinese mythologies into a harmonious energetic healing sacred entity.

This primeval feeling of belonging to the entire world gives birth to a powerful magic realism. Yes, you can recognize each item, each detail, but the whole takes you beyond…to a mysterious challenging realm. It’s organic, mineral, shimmering like moons, suns and gems. Garland is an artist alchemist. Seeds, leaves, sticks, copper, wood, reed, bamboo, straw, lacquered trash, gold leaf, all of his enticing sparkling mixed media technique is sublimated by a ritual ornamental priestly reverence.

Re-Cycles are lush poly-chromed, transformed constructions, which reflect the artist’s passion in the similarities and differences in people around the world: “I am fascinated with tribal cultures and with our urban throw-away culture.” And indeed, cycles of civilizations inhabit Garland’s art.


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