TANNER, an artist still creating past the age of 90, is
featured in Colorado Expression Magazine (April/May).
She's one of the most amazing people I've ever interviewed.
Catch her current show at Denver International Airport:
Like her light sculptures, she's colorful and brilliant!"
you dont know. Meet Dorothy
with Dorothy Tanner by Jan McNutt
August 7, 2014 Wordpress
" A Light Journey" at Denver Interantional Airport
Feb. 3, 2014 May 3, 2014
Thank you to Tim Vacca, Exhibitions
Coordinator of the Art and Culture Program at Denver International
Airport for all of his assistance during the exhibit which
featured the light sculptures of Dorothy Tanner and Dorothy's
late husband, Mel Tanner (1925-1993).
to EPIC Colorado Magazine
for featuring Dorothy Tanner in the Spring, 2013 issue. The
article is called "Electricity at Play: An Illuminating Conversation
with Sculptor Dorothy Tanner" by Kelsey McMaster. The story
begins on page 23 in print or online.
video by Alecia
Jensen of the Sea Stars concert at Lumonics
shows the performance area at the Gallery.
Dorothy Tanner uses light as her medium along with
water, plastic, fabric and her imagination. The sculptures
adorning the walls and fountains on display at Lumonics
are psychedelic and mesmerizing. When Tanner and her talented
crew open up Lumonics for an event (which is at least every
weekend), there's almost always a light show filling an
entire wall, courtesy of guest videographers and designers
or the Lumonics experts themselves. The space contains several
rooms and display areas, with secure spots to stash coats,
shoes and jaw-dropping art (don't miss the pyramid installation).
Shows range from intimate world-music journeys to bass-heavy
dubstep lineups to DJ workshops to ecstatic chant and dance.
For an illuminating experience, there's no substitute for
Dorothy Tanner's light sculptures make Lumonics glow
by Amber Taufen, Mon., Nov. 7, 2011 Denver WestwordBlogs
This is one in a series of posts in honor
of Denver Arts Week that salute some of our favorite people
and places on the arts scene.
you've been by Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, then you
already know it's unlike any other gallery in the city.
Artist Dorothy Tanner sculpts amazing, impossible-to-describe
works featuring light as a main component; the gallery also
plays host to events that include music, weekly yoga classes,
meditation, Chinese Qigong, and workshops on expanding your
Light Supply, Museum of Outdoor Arts
Opens Saturday, June 25, 2011
exhibits are all the rage at galleries this summer, but
the Museum of Outdoor Arts is mixing the theme up a bit
for its 30th anniversary. Alongside light sculptures and
projections by 13 local and national artists, the exhibit
features an original soundscape created by Grammy Award-winning
engineer Mickey Houlihan.
Supply Daily from Sat., June 25 until Sat., February 25
There Be Light
Artists from the metro area and across the nation will all
be represented in Light Supply, a new offering opening
today at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, which joins other local
museums (the spring exhibit Blink! at the DAM and the MCA’s
current show, Another Victory Over the Sun) in celebrating
the use of light in art. Light Supply will naturally
have its own personality, as does MOA director Cynthia Madden
Leitner’s private labor of love in the Englewood City Center.
“It just seems to be the theme of the year,” says the museum’s
Tim Vacca of the exhibit, for which 90 percent of the venue’s
lighting has been blocked to better showcase the glowing
sculptures and wall pieces by such artists as Collin Parson,
Jen Lewin, Andy Miller, Dorothy and Mel Tanner and others.
But, he adds, the overall effect will be inviting: “You’ll
see the glowing lights and be drawn into the gallery.” Or
outdoors: MOA Wizard-in-Residence Lonnie Hanzon also created
a gouache billboard installation with a video element that
will light up the museum’s sculpture garden every evening.
opens today at the MOA, 1000 Englewood Parkway, with a reception
from 5 to 9 p.m., and continues through next February. For
details, go to www.moaonline.org or call 303-806-0444.
June 25th MOA will open Light Supply, a multi-media exhibition
incorporating the talents of 10 artists working with light
and sound. Light Supply will feature local, and national
artists and a variety of works ranging from light sculpture
and projections, to immersive indoor and outdoor light environments.
Light Supply will also include an outdoor installation in
the Englewood sculpture garden corridor, which will run
through the end of the year to usher in the third annual
Hudson Holiday light show.
Light Supply is a synthesis of light and sound and will
feature the work of artists Corwin Bell, Virginia Folkestad,
Lonnie Hanzon, Ali Hossaini, Jen Lewin, Andy Miller, Collin
Parson, Charles Ross, Daihei Shibata, and Dorothy Tanner.
Grammy award winner, Mickey Houlihan of Wind over the Earth
will create an original soundscape for the remastered Color
of Sound exhibition in MOA´s sound gallery.
MOA has been exploring the use of light as an art medium
for almost a decade, and will celebrate 30 years of art
in process with this inventive show.
Tanner's luminous sculptures
light up the night at Vertigo
by Ben Dayton, Denver
Sat., Oct. 16 2010
was third Friday-time again last night, and at Vertigo Art
Space, that means artist reception time. Though not as crazy
as the first Friday gallery openings on Sante Fe, third
Friday receptions often provide a more intimate and focused
evening for art fans. Last night, Dorothy Tanner hosted
her solo show, The Light Fantastic from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
at 960 Santa Fe Drive.
Tanner's free-standing sculptures and wall hangings use
acrylic and LED lights as main ingredients to create luminous
experiences for the viewer. Of her work she says, "I create
environments that make people high, which I like since getting
high has been one of my principle occupations in life."
course, she's right at home here in the Mile High City.
Tanner recommends viewing the artworks in the evening so
as to "experience the effect of light on the walls, people
and the total space."
show will be on view through November 13th, and if you didn't
get a chance to make it out last night to say hi, make sure
you at least cruise down Sante Fe drive, between 9th and
10th avenues one of these evening soon to catch a glimpse
of the glowing sculptures through Vertigo's large front
windows. It will be a sight to see.
Light and Sound Gallery, 800 E. 73 Avenue, #11, in Denver, Colorado, is the latest
embodiment of a theme initiated decades ago by artists Mel and Dorothy Tanner.
Edge Zones remodels its space with a burst of Florida's best.
the more unusual works at Edge Zones are Dorothy and Mel Tanner's ethereal Lumonics
light sculptures. Their booth is illuminated in acid rainbow-hue lights that palpably
vibrate off the pallid walls.
a wall piece by the late Mel Tanner dating from 1975, features
a constellation of radiant Day-Glo orbs against an onyx
background polished to a mirror finish. A Frisbee-size oval
glows with fiery red, yellow, and blue streams that melt
into each other not unlike the lava flow from a volcano.
Tanner's Rocket looks like a futuristic toy Elroy
Jetson might have tinkered with. It's brilliant gold and
fuchsia exoskeleton coolly abstracts the lines of an arrow
Carlos Suarez De Jesus, art
writer, New Times Miami
Art Basel Miami Week
key to so much of the art of Lumonics [is] light. The studio's founders, Dorothy
Tanner and her late husband, Mel, use light and acrylic the way painters use oil
and canvas as a primary medium for artistic expression."
Michael Mills, art
writer, New Times Broward Palm Beach
heard of Pop Art, Op Art, and Kinetic Art. Mel and Dorothy Tanner create what
could be called 'Wow Art'. In truth, the Tanners do have a better term for their
acrylic sculptures: 'Lumonics.' " Skip
Sheffield, Boca Raton Daily News
Art at its most up-to-date..."
Millie Wolff, Palm
Beach Daily News
art or happening? Light-and-space art or installation? The mixed-media art at
Lumonics resolutely resists categorizing. It's all of the above and then some."
Michael Mills, art writer,
called Lumonics, but what is it? Is it art, is it entertainment, or is it interior
design. Yes, it is." Rita Gillmon, The
San Diego Union
inner space is the last frontier, then Mel and Dorothy Tanner are its pioneers.
They create an aesthetic experience unlike any other. A walk through the Lumonics
Gallery is a bit like a tour of some futuristic spaceship. The plastic sculptures
blink, drip, turn and glow. Like the Wizard of Oz behind a curtain, they create
a separate reality." Barbara
Marshall, Broward Close-up, Channel 2 (WPBT Public TV)
become completely enshrouded in a world of sensory delight as the sounds and sights
of this astonishing multimedia art form gradually take control of your consciousness."
Jason Budjinski, New Times Broward-Palm Beach
you are stumped as to what to do Saturday night, consider spending a visually
stimulating, thoroughly entertaining, mind-expanding evening at Lumonics. Art
and technology meet to create a veritable shrine to the future's possibility.
It is a timely vision we should not fail to see."
Alex Loret de Molac, New Miami Magazine
much as I relish the whole performance aspect of Lumonics, I welcome anything
that expands the audience for the individual artworks in all their marvelous diversity.The
art of Lumonics is first and foremost an experiential art. That's only as it should
be." Michael Mills, art writer, New Times Broward-Palm
Beach excerpted from introduction to Art of Lumonics (Coral Springs Museum)
of Dorothy and Mel Tanner as modern-day Timothy Learys. Their sound-and light-filled
habitat, a Disneyland for the brain, is the only mind-altering substance they
offer. Drop in, tune out, and turn on. The Tanners will take you to anywhere your
brain desires." Tracie
Cone, The Herald (1992)
Tracie Cone, Pulitzer Prize recepient, is now the publisher of The
Pinnacle News in the San Jose, CA area.
what is it like? Words are inadequate; it is, after all, a non-verbal experience.
Suffice it to say that emotions and the imagination are exercised in ways rarely
experienced in everyday life." Eric
Furry, Sweet Potato, Bangor, Maine
walking into another 'civilization' where verbal communication is kept limited
and visual and audio communications are allowed to roam freely. This idea has
come to life at Lumonics." The