Found Objects Transformed: The Art League Showcases the Work of Bryan Sieling

Time’s Up; Partially disassembled vintage cuckoo clock, metal pulleys, brass bar, wood finials, fabricated stand and pulley superstructure. (Photo courtesy The Art League)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Enjoy collecting objects you’ve found? There is a new exhibit at The Art League Gallery on display through Sept.5 that takes collecting one step farther. Artist Bryan Sieling transforms objects into amazing works. Some are featured in Re | Context.

“My work combines experimentation and happenstance with careful planning and execution,” says Sieling, who previously oversaw exhibition design at the Newseum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “I want viewers to be drawn in to study details, discover materials, and ponder possible motives and narratives.”

Cabinet parts, old picture frames, tinker toys, mechanical innards, vintage game pieces, and used furniture are among the disparate materials Sieling used to create the sculptures, shadow boxes, wall reliefs, and what he terms “semi-functional furniture” in Re | Context.

You will see, for example, an ornately-carved vintage cuckoo clock, partially disassembled and festooned with metal pulleys that becomes sculpture when angled upside down on a pedestal.

Join Sieling for a virtual discussion via Zoom of Re | Context.on Thursday, Aug. 19 from 5-7 p.m. Register HERE.

The Art League Gallery is located at 105 N. Union St., inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Visit Studio 21. Current gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 p.m.;  Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. 

Events and exhibitions are free and open to all.

Also at The Art League Gallery This Month: 

Aug. 2021 Open Exhibit, a juried group show, features painting, sculpture, photography, and fiber art by member artists. It is on view in the Gallery and online through Sept. 5.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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