The Clinton Center Debuts Brand New Exhibit from the "Picasso of LEGO® Bricks"
Brick Artist Nathan Sawaya and Photographer Dean West
Bring New Collection "In Pieces" to Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 12, 2012) -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center opens its newest exhibit, "In Pieces," a mixed medium collaboration with New York artist Nathan Sawaya and Australian photographer Dean West on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.
"‘Nathan Sawaya's The Art of the Brick®' was one of the Center's most popular temporary exhibits ever because it celebrated the unlimited creative potential of LEGO® bricks," said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the William J. Clinton Foundation. "We are ecstatic to bring Nathan's sculptures back to the Center in this new exhibit that combines his unique aesthetic with a new modern twist on traditional photography."
"In Pieces" partners seven large-scale, highly stylized photographic images with uniquely constructed three-dimensional LEGO brick sculptures. This collection draws the viewer into the tableau while literally surrounding them with the physicality of the art. As the viewer gets closer to West's photographs, the brick-by-brick fabricated construction becomes more apparent. Brick artist Sawaya isolates one or more elements featured in the photograph and creates detailed sculptures of that point of inspiration. The result is a unique look at the balance of nature and technology.
Both artists, Nathan Sawaya and Dean West, will be on hand to lead an interactive conversation about their work at the Center on Jan. 14, 2013. More details will be announced soon.
"The Clinton Center is a wonderful venue and I am honored to come back to a place where art is embraced as a vehicle to promote education, enlightenment, and meaningful dialogue," said Sawaya. "In Pieces" takes chances and challenges the viewer to look at and for a deeper meaning. We hope the Center visitors enjoy this collection as we did creating it."
"In Pieces" is at the Center for a limited time only and open until Feb. 1, 2013.
About the William J. Clinton Presidential Center
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to its grounds each year. Opened in 2004, the Center is home to the Little Rock offices of the William J. Clinton Foundation, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. For more information, visit www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.
About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is a New York based artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His current museum exhibitions tour the world featuring large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks. LEGO bricks to be exact. Sawaya has more than 2.5 million colored bricks in his art studio. Sawaya has been featured on some of the leading talk shows and news programs including The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Colbert Report and CBS Sunday Morning. For more information on Nathan Sawaya, visit www.brickartist.com.
About Dean West
Dean West, "one of the world's best emerging photographers" (AFTER CAPTURE MAGAZINE), has a highly conceptual and thought-provoking style of contemporary portraiture. His body of work has been featured in top photography magazines, art galleries and received numerous international awards. In 2008, Dean was included in Saatchi & Saatchi's collection of the world's top 100 emerging photographers. For more information on Dean West, visit www.deanwest.com