Craft meets genius in the work of master artisan William Morris, a one-time student of glass god Dale Chihuly who is also well-versed in native cultures and archeology. Both weave their ways into his technically advanced vessels and forms, which evoke the spirit of ancient artifacts and civilizations. That noted, jaws are certain to drop when viewers walk into Myth, Object and the Animal: William Morris Glass Installations, a new exhibition of Morris's works that opened over the weekend at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, 201 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, not only because they are so scrupulously crafted, but because of the sheer rush and size of them.
One work, Artifact Panel, consists of 350 glass objects arranged, museum-style, on a fifty-foot long wall, while the enormous Cache, a grim reference the burning of elephant tusks to prevent their sale on the black market, resembles a longboat built of tusks and ridden by macabre skulls and bones. Worth the drive north up I-25? I would say so.
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Myth, Object and the Animal remains on view at FMOCA through November 5. Museum admission is $5 to $8 (or free for children ages 6 and under); call 970-482-2787.