"Prometheus" Mixed media including hardware by Maria Josephy
"Prometheus" Mixed media including hardware by Maria Josephy
Since the first primitive human discovered that a rock could be used to crush, chisel and scrape, people have been enamored with tools. We invent and reinvent the wheel finding ways to use and reuse every invention. One popular exhibition challenges artists to think of tools as art. And so with “Tools in Motion” we get a fun and witty traveling exhibition where every day objects are used to create wonderful art.

Can an ordinary hammer become a work of art? What can the imagination do with a box of nails? During the traveling exhibition, Tools in Motion: Works from the Hechinger Collection, local families will explore the concept of tools as art.

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs in will host this traveling exhibition organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, featuring 20th-century art that celebrates repetition and motion in common, everyday tools and hardware. Tools in Motion will be on view at the Center for the Arts Campus from March 4 through April 30, 2011.

Each Saturday of the exhibition the Center for the Arts will hold free Family Activity Days for children and adults. Families will be given a quick guided tour of this fun and whimsical exhibition and then will complete art projects that introduce the idea of tools as art. Activities will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays March 5 to April 30.

The exhibition features 50 witty and light-hearted works based on familiar forms— hammers, saws and wrenches—transformed into art of great imaginative power using materials including wood, glass, metal, paper and stone. The artists in the exhibition range from emerging to world renowned, including notable figures such as Arman, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Jacob Lawrence.

Spanning a wide range of styles, the collection and exhibition honor the dignity of everyday tools, where form and function are inextricably linked. The abundance of bright colors and vivid textures are enjoyable for visitors of all ages.

The works for Tools in Motion were selected from a collection originally owned by the late hardware-industry pioneer John Hechinger Sr., whose father started the Hechinger hardware chain in 1911. Hechinger began collecting contemporary art related to tools to display around the company’s headquarters to inspire his employees. Early on, Hechinger discovered that the collection’s distinct focus strikes a rich chord of modern art.

This exhibition was organized from the Hechinger Collection of International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC, is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing crosscultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally, through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions and the public.

Information www.artcenterbonita.org.

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