TOPEKA – Twenty-eight LEGO® brick sculptures by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya will form “The Art of the Brick” exhibit June 18 to Sept. 18 at the Mulvane Art Museum on the Washburn University campus. Admission is free.
The public can attend a special preview event at 5:00 this Friday, June 17th.
More than just child's play, the nearly iconic LEGO® brick has become an art medium all its own. Sawaya uses LEGO® bricks as a medium because he enjoys seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home.
Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves. It takes weeks for him to complete a life size human form. The long hours of creating a new piece brings him immense satisfaction. Besides recreating objects and buildings, which he does, brilliantly, Sawaya uses the LEGO® brick as other artist's use canvas, stone, or clay: to express himself and to challenge viewers to interpret his creations. His amazing “Red, Yellow and Blue” series explores emotion through the human form, reaching an artistic level not usually associated with a toy.
Sawaya has been featured on some of the biggest talk shows around including “The Today Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Colbert Report” and “CBS Sunday Morning.” For more information on Sawaya and “The Art of the Brick,” visit www.brickartist.com.
Visitors to the Mulvane exhibit will have the opportunity to try their hand at creating their own brick masterpieces in an interactive, hands-on activity in the Museum’s ArtLab. The Mulvane Art Museum, ArtLab and gift shop are open 10:00 to 7:00 Tuesday; 10:00 till 5:00 Wednesday through Friday; and 1:00 to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission free. The museum is closed on the 4th of July.
The Mulvane is located on the campus of Washburn University, at 17th and Jewell Streets. Free parking is available directly to the west of the Museum. Call 785-670-1124 or visit the website: www.washburn.edu/mulvane.