Solo exhibition at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, in Waltham Massachusetts 2012
From artist Wayne Strattman:
“Self:Illuminated was my first and biggest solo museum show. I was given 11 months to conceive and build this exhibition, in which time I tackled the challenge of making and installing a total of 56 original pieces. The historic Charles River Museum is located in Waltham, Massachusetts and is the site of the first automated textile mill in the United States. This unique museum normally features an array of equipment and technologies from the early 19th century. Since my work is a synthesis of art and technology, this was an interesting venue to display it against the backdrop of what was once the latest technology and is now considered a work of art.
The show title “Self: Illuminated” is indicative of a theme that runs throughout much of the work featured in the show—I wanted to create sculpture inspired by the way the mind works within itself and as it couples to others. I also derived inspiration from the history of science and technology and its effects on our modern culture. It was rich ground to grow ideas into works of illuminated glass sculpture. Ideas around attention, communication issues, the layering of emotions within the mind, layering of specific emotions, and more were fodder for the sculpture I created. This show allowed me to pursue conceptual ideas as well as new innovative technology to create light sculptures.”