• Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens announce Bruce Munro: Light exhibition

    Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, part of the Rockford Park District in Rockford, Illinois are to host a Bruce Munro Exhibition. Opening in June 2017 the exhibition will be Munro’s eighth solo garden exhibition in the US. Serving as the backdrop for eight light based sculptures, including iteration of the iconic  “Field of Light” and “Water-Towers”, the gardens will also debut two new works created for the venue; Sun, a monumental globe suspended in the Conservatory and Don’s Flamingos, a flock of flamingos as a playful homage to Don Featherstone the creator is the ubiquitous pink flamingo.

    The exhibition is due to open on 3 June 202017 through to 5 November 2017.  For more information visit

    www.nicholasconservatory.com/brucemunrolight

     

     

  • Ashmolean Museum in Oxford unveils Bruce Munro light sculpture

    The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford has recently opened a newly refurbished Welcome Space that now includes a light sculpture by Bruce Munro as its centrepiece.

    ‘Impression – Time Crossing Culture’ was conceived by Munro having worked with the Ashmolean Museum Director Xa Sturgis to create an interactive artwork that reflected the museum’s cultural history and collections but that would also be a visual attraction and draw people towards and into the Welcome Space.

    The installation continues to develop on Munro’s interest with light and language and in its form follows a theme that prevails in much of his work, a repetition in use of single or few components within a piece. The overall form of the artwork takes inspiration from the dial of a clock where each of the 12 numbers is represented by rings of identical spheres suspended from the ceiling. While the overall form represents the concept of time, each sphere or globe (the shape created from the lines of longitude and latitude) is representative of the Earth. The sculpture is overlaid with a digital animation casting a gentle moving image (an eclectic mix of ancient symbols and geometry) through the spheres on to the floor below.

    ‘Impression – Time Crossing Culture’ can be viewed during museum opening hours Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays between 10 am and 5 pm.  Admission to the Museum is free.

     

     

  • Islamic Arts Festival 2015, Sharjah Museum of Art

    16 December to 16 January 2016

    The Islamic Arts Festival Sharjah opening on 16 December 2015 will feature work by Bruce Munro.  First Impression, is a digital projection created as part of  Munro’s Light and Language series an representing Munro’s first experience of Sharjah and his continued exploration into use of Morse codes and messaging systems.  This will be Munro’s first public exhibition in the Emirates state.

    The exhibition held annually at the Sharjah Art Museum reinforces Sharjah’s status as a world cultural center. As the UNESCO ‘Islamic  Cultural capital of the Arab World 2015, the Emirate state has become a hot spot for presenting Contemporary Arts across the region

    The exhibition includes works from selected artists across the world will be opened on the 16th December by His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah.

  • Desert Radiance illuminates Greater Scottsdale, Fall 2016

    Desert Radiance

    3 October 2015 through May 2016

    In 2015, Munro will unveil a series of light-based installations across the greater Scottsdale area (Arizona)

    Munro’s work is the subject of an unprecedented cultural collaboration entitled Desert Radiance, which has allowed him opportunity to experiment in scales and environments, from land mass to water, and the domestic to the panoramic. The Desert Radiance collaborators include some of the greater Phoenix area’s principle arts organizations including Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art, Desert Botanical Gardens and Lisa Sette Gallery.

    With these four distinct exhibitions, “Desert Radiance” marks the first time Munro will have multiple installations within just a short drive of one another.

    SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

    The first exhibit in the “Desert Radiance” series will open at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) on Oct. 3. “Ferryman’s Crossing” showcases artwork inspired by Herman Hesse’s novel, “Siddhartha,” a story of one man’s spiritual journey. For the artwork, Munro transcribed a passage from the book into Morse-code. Gentle pulses of light shimmer across the reflective surface of ordinary recycled compact discs, evoking sunlight bouncing off the surface of flowing water.

    • Exhibit dates: Oct. 3, 2015 – April 24, 2016
    • Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for students; free for children 15 and under; free all-day Thursdays, and Fridays and Saturdays after 5:00 p.m.

    SCOTTSDALE PUBLIC ART

    Partnering with Scottsdale Public Art, Munro will bring “Blooms” to the Arizona Canal in November. Seven circular platforms, each carrying 100, 10-foot fiber optic fishing rods, will float along the surface of the canal. The fishing rods in the installation reference the eco-system of the Arizona Canal, which is populated by White Amur fish that can be caught and released. The installation will remain on view during Scottsdale Public Art’s Canal Convergence event, a festival of large-scale and interactive temporary public artworks, running Feb. 25-28, 2016.

    •  Exhibit dates: November 2015 – March 2016
    • Admission: Free

    DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN

    Starting November 22, head further south to Desert Botanical Garden to see eight of Munro’s site-specific installations during “Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden.” Some of the artworks exhibited reflect Munro’s unique interpretation of the flora and fauna found in the Sonoran Desert landscape. Highlights include “Water Towers,” 69 individual towers staggered among the Garden’s iconic saguaros, and “Field of Light,” more than 30,000 individual spheres that will delineate the land mass of Papago Butte. Also be sure to stop by the Garden’s Sybil B. Harrington Succulent Gallery to get a firsthand look at “Chindi,” which in Navajo means dust devil. “Chindi,” is comprised of three prismatic spirals suspended by Munro.

    • Exhibit Dates: Nov. 22, 2015 – May 8, 2016
    • Night admission: $25 for adults; $12.50 for children ages 3-12; free for children 3 and under
    • Day and night admission: $30 for adults; $15 for children ages 3-12; free for children 3 and under

    LISA SETTE GALLERY

    Desert Radiance continues with Bruce Munro at the Lisa Sette Gallery, where Munro will present a range of new small-scale works, including digital light projections and suspended artworks.  This is the first gallery showing of pieces from the artist’s “Language and LIght” series, which incorporates light translated into Morse code. It includes “Ferryman’s Crossing II”, a digital-light variation of Munro’s artwork at SMoCA, which continues Munro’s investigation into Hesse’s work. Also on display, “Eden Blooms” a suspended sculpture that’s a smaller-scale version of one of Munro’s pieces at Desert Botanical Garden. Catch a glimpse of “Restless Fakir,” which references Munro’s childhood in England, viewing an exotic world via television.

    • Exhibit Dates: November 7, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016
    • Admission: Free

     

    Media contacts for Desert Radiance:

    http://www.experiencescottsdale.com/event/scottsdale-desert-radiance-2/

    For information on Scottsdale:

    Megan Neighbor, Director of Communications

    Stephanie Pressler, Communications Manager

    For information on Bruce Munro Studio:

    Rebecca Christgau, Studio Manager

    Jennifer Lewis, US Representative

    For information on Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art:

    Alexa Ablondi, Public Relations Representative

    For information on Desert Botanical Garden:

    John Sallot, Director of Marketing

    Bitsy Susich, Media Liaison

    For information on Lisa Sette Gallery:

    Ashley Rice, Associate Director