Bruce MacDonald's Magical Metal Works Find a Home | Arts News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Bruce MacDonald's Magical Metal Works Find a Home 

State of the Arts

sota-brm.jpg

You don't have to be a magpie to appreciate Bruce R MacDonald's bright, shiny things. In fact, the bling-enamored bird would have a hard time picking up one of his heavy metal creations. For 20 years, MacDonald - a.k.a. BRM Design - has been making a name for himself with his finely crafted, quirky homeware items, from UFO-shaped salt shakers to sinuous CD racks. About eight years ago, he began experimenting with mark-making on stainless steel. Using various tools, MacDonald created elegant abstractions that change their appearance with the viewer's position and the play of light. He has since added panels of fired copper, a metal with more explosive alchemical properties. In both mediums, the sense of depth and complexity is remarkable. Like the best paintings, these works bear long and repeated viewing.

MacDonald's wall-hung pieces are available at Frog Hollow and grace the walls of local establishments such as Tilley's Café on Church Street. His commissions include a sculpture to commemorate the Human Genome Project, and a lifetime achievement award for a film festival in Manchester. All his works are made by hand with a small group of artisans at a capacious Flynn Avenue studio. This week, part of that space will debut as Gallery 180 - so named for the street address - exclusively featuring the designs of Bruce MacDonald. For now, at least. "I've got to see how it feels," he says. "I've got so many friends out there whose work is just stellar." The opening gala is Friday, October 19, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shine on.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

More By This Author

About The Author

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston

Bio:
Pamela Polston is the cofounder, coeditor and associate publisher of Seven Days. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Comments


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2020 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401  |  Contact Us
Website powered by Foundation