AnT Scuplture and Design
On view September 20
Public Opening Reception: Friday, October 11, 6 – 8 pm
Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman are AnT Sculpture and Design, LLC. Their motto is, “Changing the way people think and interact with artwork one brick sculpture at a time!” As a collaborative team creating public art and architectural ceramics with brick and tile, they have worked in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, Italy, Turkey, and at numerous locations in the US. They formed their company, in 2012, after four years and nearly a dozen large-scale public art works gave them the confidence to assert their experience with a viable business plan. As a team they are as aggressive in their play as they are in their work. Traveling with an active lifestyle, they soak up culture eagerly and infuse the landscapes they engage with permanent records of their presence.
The AnT aesthetic is defined, not only by brick, but also by transforming brick into organic forms. Scrolls and patterns inform the overall visual flow of the work. As part of their rigorous process to assure their work is effective, significant, and engaging with the public who will utilize the space over time, they lovingly and heavily research the history of an area prior to conceptualizing an installation. “The concepts of our public artwork revolve around the intention to create a cultural narrative specific to the site and community where the work exists,” they explain.
Creating an installation, in a gallery, is a unique opportunity to let their minds and abilities stretch in ways beyond the public art and architectural commission realm. Exhibitions provide a platform to demonstrate feats of imagination and skill larger than a commission might allow. It is a place for this breed of maker, normally supported by private and public commissions, to potentially engage future clients’ imaginations with actualized objects. For these two months, AnT Sculpture and Design, LLC, will be bound only by the four walls of the Galusha Gallery.
They are also looking forward to collaborating with the NCC community to create a permanent installation in our studios. Coleman sums up their mission by reflecting on the impact and connectivity inherent in art objects that literally shape a space: “I have been fascinated with the role art plays in relation to the viewing public. This has motivated me to create sculptures made in parts to imply interdependency and how all things are collections of parts. This applies to community.”
During the installation of their work, in complement to their concepts on community and art, small groups are welcome to visit and observe the construction/installation process by making a reservation with Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp at email@example.com.
AnT Sculpture and Design Community Workshop
X12: Saturday, September 14, 9 am – 6 pm (hands-on)
Saturday, September 21, 9 am – 6 pm (installation)
Gregg and Coleman will collaborate with members of NCC's community to create an installation of dynamic low-relief architectural tiles, inspired by the culture of Minnesota. Learn techniques you can employ in your own home, garden, or any space you want to liven up. The following Saturday, the work will be installed at NCC.
AnT Sculpture and Design Artist Lecture
X13: Thursday, September 19, 6 pm, NCC Library
Gregg and Coleman will be in conversation to relate what it is like to seek public art commissions, mine relevant symbolism from a variety of cultures, and create works of art that seamlessly interact with the public.
We will be registering groups and individuals to participate remotely in this dialogue via the ZOOM meeting platform. If you would like to attend the lecture virtually, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.