“Left-Middle Peak-and-Right” by Blakeney Sanford ’02, 2011, epoxy resin, fiberglass, stainless steel, each portion 5′ x 5′ x 3.5′
June 30, 2013

Art Talk July 9

Installation artist Blakeney Sanford will be talking with COA faculty member Bonnie Tai for the second of the college’s Coffee and Conversation summer series on Tuesday, July 9 at 9 a.m. in Deering Common Community Center.

Sanford is 2002 graduate of COA now living in Santa Barbara, CA. She has created a signature installation style of sculpture using steel and custom epoxy bio-resin panels, one of which will cascade onto the lawn near the Blum Gallery as part of COA’s summer exhibit. That exhibit opens on Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m., and will be on view throughout the summer, along with fellow alumnus David Vickery ’89, whose oil paintings will be on exhibit inside the college’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sanford’s installation will be outdoors on the COA campus.

In her work, Sanford links nature to industry, using industrial materials to combine color and light to simulate the force and beauty of flowing water and ocean waves.

Building Swell, New Jersey installation by Blakeney Sanford ’02, July, 2010, epoxy, resin, fiberglass, screen, steel, 35 x18 photo by Nick Reinhardt

Together with Tai, who teaches classes in educational and human studies at COA, Sanford will speak about her creative process; how she came to this work and how it has evolved and continues to change.

Sanford has had installations at the California Science Center, the Museum of Ventura County, the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, at the Long Beach Island Foundation in New Jersey, and globally at Quiksilver, Inc. Additional work has been shown in galleries throughout California and in New York, and can be found in both private and corporate collections.

For more information on the Coffee & Conversation between Sanford and Tai on July 9 at 9 a.m. contact Kim Childs at kchilds@coa.edu, 207-801-5625.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit http://www.coa.edu.

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