Invitation

Opening Party on Friday, April 11

Untitled, Mylar Blanket

Tony Feher, Untitled, 2009, mylar blanket, binder clip, 19 x 17 x 12 in., ACME., Los Angeles, Photograph by Robert Wedemeyer

Round Things

Tony Feher, Round Things with a Hole in the Middle Most of the Time, 1990– (ongoing), glass jar with plastic lid, found objects, dimensions variable, Photographs by Adam Reich, courtesy of The Pace Gallery

Long Term Pillow

Tony Feher, Long Term Pillow, 1997, sand mix, plastic flowers, 7 1/4 x 15 x 14 in., Collection of Christopher D’Amelio, New York, Photograph by Adam Reich

Sharadient

Tony Feher, Sharadiant, 2000, mop and broom handles, rope, 1 1/4 x 97 inches in diam., Photograph by Jason Mandella

Enjoy

Tony Feher, Enjoy, 2001, plastic soda cases, 77 7/8 x 75 x 75 in.

Tony Feher

April 12, 2014 - August 17, 2014

Covering 25 years of Tony Feher’s art, the exhibition will feature the range of everyday materials Feher employs, from bottles filled with colored water to marbles and pennies, Styrofoam blocks, soft drink crates, plastic bags, paper cups and various packing materials. Although Feher's materials can be seen as banal—even throwaway—they are chosen specifically for their distinct visual and structural qualities as well as for their connection to people. Feher stacks, arranges, dangles and aligns his materials to form fluid lines, thoughtful rhythms and bursts of color and light. His art enables us to observe and appreciate the beauty and poetry in the ordinary objects that surround us or simply look at things anew.

Tony Feher has been organized by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston.
Its presentation at the Akron Art Museum is generously supported by the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis and the Ohio Arts Council.

Tony Feher Catalogue

$60
This comprehensive book reproduces Tony Feher’s many sculptures, site-specific installations and two-dimensional works and includes major new texts on Feher’s practice from Blaffer Director Claudia Schmuckli and curator Russell Ferguson.

Tony Feher Catalogue

$60

Bottles aligned on shelves or suspended in the air, jars of marbles and dye-filled tubes: form, substance and structure emerge from deceptively humble means in the sculpture of Tony Feher. His work uses gravity, light and repetition to isolate and animate everyday objects, creating a sculptural territory that Feher can rightfully claim as entirely his own. This comprehensive book reproduces his many sculptures, site-specific installations and two-dimensional works and includes major new texts on Feher’s practice from Blaffer Director Claudia Schmuckli and curator and writer Russell Ferguson.

Book Club: But Is it Art?

May 22, 2014, 6 pm

Join us for a discussion of Cynthia Freeland’s But is it Art? A guided tour of the Tony Feher exhibition led by Director of Education Alison Caplan will follow the discussion.

Book Club: But Is it Art?

May 22, 2014, 6 pm

A survey of everything from aesthetic theory to digital imaging, and of everyone from Goya to Damien Hirst, is packed into seven fast-break chapters here. Freeland, a philosophy professor at the University of Houston, is familiar enough with the impenetrable artspeak and rhetoric surrounding such issues as identity politics, censorship and public funding not to be intimidated by them; her cut-to-the-chase approach to such critical minefields as the use of bodily fluids in art produces clear and often pungent analyses.


Join us for a discussion of Cynthia Freeland’s But is it Art? A guided tour of the Tony Feher exhibition led by Director of Education Alison Caplan will follow.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

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