Dorothy Tanner's sculptures
are at the Lakewood Community Center. (Provided by Lakewood
Art/Dance: Looking atand dancing withlight sculptures
By Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver
30: Artist Dorothy Tanner is known for working in acrylic,
a modern material that she imbues with timeless qualities
through the addition of LED lights. Her sculptures, ranging
from abstract shapes to, more recently, anthropomorphic
figures, glow with a warm familiarity. Tanner's new works
come together for the exhibit "Creatures from Left Field"
at the Lakewood Cultural Center. They'll also serve as hand-held
props for Zikr Dance Ensemble's "Lady of the Lake," which
will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
at the center. The exhibit, through June 30, is free. Tickets
for the dance are $16-$28. Lakewood Cultural Center, 480
S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. 303-987-7000 or lakewood.org.
Staying Vital As Time Marches On: Art Can Hold The Key
with Dorothy Tanner
artist Dorothy Tanner, 92, speaks with 5-year-old Kaya Naslund
about one of the "creature-like" sculptures featured in her
current exhibition, "Creatures From Left Field," at the Lakewood
Cultural Center. (photo by Corey H. Jones/CPR News)
Tanner's work is best seen in the dark. That's because the
92-year-old works with light, using materials like plexiglass
to bend and blend vibrant rays of color. Now 92, she's been
making art for more than 60 years.
to escape the summertime heat—or never-ending rain? These
five indoor art exhibits can help.
BY DALIAH SINGER, senior associate editor,
JUNE 8 2015, 10:00 AM
Creatures From Left Field Installation by Dorothy Tanner,
June 4–30, Lakewood Cultural Center
For the first time, acclaimed sculptor Dorothy Tanner's [Creatures]
light sculptures are being exhibited as an exclusive installation.
(The artist moved her studio to Denver in 2008.) The free-standing
sculptures and wall hangings are crafted from acrylic and
Bonus: Tanner is collaborating with David Taylor, artistic
director and choreographer of the Zikr Dance Ensemble, on
a ballet entitled The Lady of the Lake, which will
premiere on June 6; the dancers will carry hand-held light
sculptures made by the artist.
(detail) by Dorothy Tanner
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.
Like her light sculptures, she's colorful and brilliant!"
to the whole article:
Sketches: Five Shows in Denver
for the Weekend of September 5-7
by Susan Froyd, Arts & Culture Editor at Westword
Light Sculptures by Dorothy Tanner
Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery
Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m.
Remarkable nonagenarian Dorothy Tanner is still creating
new illuminated works using acrylic, LED lights -- and sometimes
water. Says the 91-year-old Tanner: "The major challenge
for me in art is to keep under control the tyranny of a
logical mind. The spirit that moves me is capricious, unruly
and irreverent. Most of my work grows out of intuitive impulse
-- the rest gets under way by just playing." This is a perfect
chance to get into Tanner's work and visit her trippy Lumonics
A Light Journey" at Denver Interantional Airport
Feb. 3, 2014 May 3, 2014
- Sea Stars
Video of performance at Lumonics
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 Westword Blogs
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.
Light Supply 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.
from news release
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.
For more information visit www.vertigoartspace.com
Excerpts from Pre-Colorado:
Lumonics Installations, Gallery and Museum Exhibits
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, New Times Broward Palm Beach
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
"Think 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, Miami Herald
* Tracie Cone, Pulitzer Prize recepient, is now the publisher
of The Pinnacle News in the San Jose, CA area.
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
excerpted from introduction to Art of Lumonics (Coral
Springs Museum), Coral Springs, FL
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 Chariot, Taravella High School, Coral Springs, FL
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
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