The Art League Gallery Presents Bryan Sieling Re | Context

By Editorial Team on August 16, 2021
Time’s Up; Partially disassembled vintage cuckoo clock, metal pulleys, brass bar, wood finials, fabricated stand and pulley superstructure.

Artist Talk: Thursday, August 19 from 6pm to 7pm

Artist Bryan Sieling transforms found objects into wondrous works in Re | Context, his solo exhibit of assemblage art on view through September 5 at The Art League Gallery.

Cabinet parts, old picture frames, tinker toys, mechanical innards, vintage game pieces, and used furniture are among the disparate materials Sieling used to create the sculptures, shadow boxes, wall reliefs, and what he terms “semi-functional furniture” in Re | Context.

An ornately carved vintage cuckoo clock, partially disassembled and festooned with metal pulleys, becomes sculpture when angled upside down on a pedestal. A solitary metal figure in repose on colorful linoleum and sheltered by a wooden drying rack is a nod to the past year of social distancing. An assemblage of a hi-hat cymbal, model airplane propeller, and vintage stocking stretchers appears poised for motion, by either flying or walking.

“My work combines experimentation and happenstance with careful planning and execution,” says the artist who previously oversaw exhibition design at the Newseum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “I want viewers to be drawn in to study details, discover materials, and ponder possible motives and narratives.”

Sieling will discuss Re | Context and his artistry via Zoom on Thursday, August 19, from 6-7 p.m. EDT; register here.

Also at The Art League Gallery this month: 

August 2021 Open Exhibit, a juried group show, features painting, sculpture, photography, and fiber art by member artists. It is on view in the Gallery and online through September 5.

Gallery Hours*:

*Current COVID-19 modified hours

  • Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, noon – 5:00 pm

The Art League Gallery in Studio 21 is located at 105 North Union Street (Located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center), Alexandria, VA.