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Sculpture Exhibit - June 2008

June 2008

Sculptors of The Art League

Membership Show


June 4 – July 7, 2008







Award(s):  The Norbert G. Brinker Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Thursday, June 12, 6:30–8:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 7:00 pm.


48 entered, 27 accepted



Juror's Statement:


with Erica Fortwengler



"I first look for work that generates an emotional, gut reaction, something that intrigues me and makes me want to further study and examine the piece," states Erwin Timmers, juror for the June 2008 Sculptors of The Art League Show. Execution, presentation, and cohesion are all important in creating a successful work. For Timmers, subject matter is of significance. A compelling subject matter or statement can make a work of art stronger.




"Cohesion is what’s most essential in creating successful three-dimensional work," he remarks. All the technical elements need to work together to make a strong statement. Technique is a supporting element; it should take a backseat in the eyes of the viewer. You want to be marveled by the whole picture – the message, the statement, and not be hung up on technique.




The way three-dimensional work engages an observer is different than that of two-dimensional work. "For the viewer, viewing three-dimensional works is more involved than viewing two-dimensional works. It’s more interactive. For this show, I want the viewer to be engaged and drawn into further investigating the works they see."




Timmers selected "Buddha Harmony" by Guy Rando as Best in Show, recipient of the Norbert G. Brinker Award. "This piece is very intriguing, it drew me right in. It is well executed and has a good aesthetic overall. I particularly like the blend of organic wood with the machine-like insertions and marks."



Honorable Mentions were awarded to four pieces. The layers and various elements in Sherry Trachtman’s "Medium Rare," intrigued Timmers. "As you investigate this piece you continually discover something new." Timmers was drawn to the humor in Betty Baumgartner’s "Gender." Shanti Chandra-Sekar’s "Creation-4" captivated Timmers for the interaction of shapes, and transitions from rough to smooth surfaces. "If Only….," by Francesca DiLorenzo, was selected for it’s strong composition, strong pose, and introspective feel.






Timmers is the co-founder of the Washington Glass Studio and Washington Glass School. Originally from Amsterdam, he moved to California and graduated from Santa Monica College for Design Arts and Architecture. In 1999 he moved to the Washington, DC area and since then his sculptural artwork has been on display in Zenith Gallery, Fraser Gallery, and Gallery Neptune. He is featured in various prominent collections. His approach to art is multifaceted, incorporating metalwork, innovative lighting and glass design. He teaches glass, lighting, sculpture, and metal work at the Washington Glass School.



Sample Work:




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