The Third Dimension: Four Sculptors

The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is pleased to announce The Third Dimension: Four Sculptors, which opens with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 4, 4–6 p.m., and is on view through Sunday, Oct. 12. The Third Dimension: Four Sculptors features the work Shawn HibmaCronan, Walter Robinson, Chris Thorson and Ann Weber. 

Like contemporary art in general, recent sculpture defies easy categorization. There is no longer a dominant aesthetic as there was in the 1950's with Abstract Expressionism, the 1960's with Pop, and the 1960's and 70's with Minimalism. Sculpture today is as diverse and varied as the artists who make it and the world they inhabit. Yet for the most part, sculpture shares one common characteristic—it is three dimensional and (usually) occupies the same space as those who make, view and collect it. The Third Dimension takes this relatively simple premise as an opportunity to explore a spectrum of sculptural works by four emerging and established artists from the Bay Area and New Mexico. Shawn HibmaCronan creates large-scale, moving sculpture from wood, steel and reclaimed objects intended to engage the viewer and spark conversation; Walter Robinson works in a range of materials like wood, epoxy, metal, and found materials to fabricate and assemble objects that investigate the mechanics of cultural and social anthropology; Chris Thorson’s work tricks the eye with her trompe l’oeil recreations of common (and often overlooked) objects such as cigarette butts, gloves and remote controls meticulously crafted by hand in; and Ann Weber fabricates monumental and elegant abstract sculpture from cardboard in an engaging hybrid of craft and high art.

Since 1978, the University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University has been a central part of Sonoma County's growing visual arts community. The Art Gallery’s mission is to serve as a source of
educational and cultural enrichment for the campus and surrounding communities through exhibitions,
programs and publications that promote the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary visual art from throughout the United States and beyond.

Artist lectures:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 10, 12–1 p.m., Shawn HibmaCronan
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30, Ann Weber
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, 12–1 p.m., Chris Thorson

The University Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m., & weekends, noon–4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call x4-2295.