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Welcome to the Tanner Studio and Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery website.
You will find info about the art of Dorothy Tanner, the art
of Mel Tanner (1925-1993),  the video art and music of Dorothy Tanner
& Marc Billard, and upcoming events.
 

Dorothy Tanner, being photographed by Paul Miller in the
Black Box Gallery at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
for 5280 Magazine
 
Film & Forum with Dorothy Tanner
Museum of Outdoor Arts
Presented Saturday, February 25, 2017

Film & Forum Video, recorded and edited by Travis Powell
Part 1: Introduction by Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA Executive
Director & President, 
and Todd Siler, artist and art historian
Part 2: Documentary produced by Cynthia Madden Leitner,
Film by Heather Longway Photography

Part 3: Interview with Dorothy Tanner

 

 


City of Denver Channel 8’s Bobby LeFebre interviewing Dorothy Tanner
for “ArtScene” at Lumonics. Thanks to producer Carol Caster (left).

 

May 30, 2017
ArtScene

Denver ArtScene features a gallery of light and sound, Lumonics, and the
amazing 94-year-old artist Dorothy Tanner. With Host Bobby LeFebre. Denver 8
is the award-winning municipal access television station for the City and County
of Denver, Colorado.

 

Alien Princess by Dorothy Tanner
Photo by Hu Wanhang when visiting from China

 

“Light has the power to create, define, and solidify; or
leave in shadow that which we believe to be real.”
“The major challenge for me in art is to keep under control the
tyranny of a logical mind. The spirit that moves me is capricious, unruly
and  irreverent. Most of my work grows out of intuitive impulse — the
rest  gets underway by just playing.”

Dorothy Tanner

 

 

 

Review: Lumonics Then & Now  Shines at Museum of Outdoor Arts
by Michael Paglia, 
Feb. 15, 2017
The Retrospective ended March 24, 2017

The eye-dazzling yet somehow relaxing Lumonics Then & Now:
A Retrospective of Light-Based Sculpture by Dorothy & Mel Tanner

transforms the interior galleries of the Museum of Outdoor Arts into a
world of their own.
The spotlights have been dimmed so that the exhibit’s
internally lighted transparent acrylic sculptures and wall panels, as well as its
projected videos, can glow gently in the near-darkness. A soft electronic
soundtrack composed by Dorothy Tanner and her longtime collaborator, Marc
Billard, adds yet another soothing aspect to the exhibit.
link to article

 X  (1969) by Mel Tanner is now part of the permanent art collection
of the Museum of Outdoor Arts

 

 

100 Colorado Creatives 3.0: Dorothy Tanner

Dorothy Tanner gazing at her Lumonics sculpture, “Logo.”
photo by Candace Hill

100 Colorado Creatives 3.0: Dorothy Tanner

Bronx-born nonagenarian Dorothy Tanner and her late husband,
Mel Tanner, began building Plexiglas light sculptures in the hip ’60s,
but the two were always more than sculptors. Rather, their life’s work
was a spiritually driven multimedia gestalt of music, motion and
mind-blowing visuals they dubbed Lumonics. Since Mel’s death in 1993,
Dorothy has continued to carry the Lumonics torch, relocating her studio
to Denver in 2008. As a preview to the first comprehensive retrospective of their
work, opening on January 13 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, we invited Dorothy
Tanner to enlighten our readers with her answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

 

Video of Dorothy Tanner Installation in the Black Box Gallery at MOA
Video by Marc Billard
Music by Tanner/Billard
 

Arts District, Rocky Mountain PBS

The “Arts District” (Rocky Mountain PBS) episode about Dorothy Tanner has been
selected for airing on national PBS stations. It most recently aired on Los Angeles
Public TV’s LA ART.

“Light and sound artist Dorothy Tanner creates breathtaking sculptures using light,
and she also uses sound to create a mesmerizing, multi-sensory experience.
Dorothy takes us into her Denver studio and gallery — Lumonics.”

 

dorothy-tanner-at-work22-2photo collage courtesy of Jeanne Connelly, Denver Westword
Artist House Tour: Dorothy Tanner Illuminates Westminster Home

With Transcendent Artwork

Indie design blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put
their houses together. In this series, she shares some of her favorite homes, taking
us inside unique private spaces in Denver and beyond. Dorothy Tanner harnesses
light and sound to transport her audience into another realm of reality. Her
transcendent artwork and sound create a surreal perspective that glows at her
studio/event center, Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery. But her 2,800 square-foot
home is also full of light and love, and that’s where we caught up with Tanner to
talk about her art.

 

COLORADO MATTERS
Colorado Public Radio
Staying Vital As Time Marches On: Art Can Hold The Key
Ryan Warner’s Interview with Dorothy Tanner


“Light artist Dorothy Tanner, 92, speaks with 5-year-old Kaya Naslund
about one of the “creature-like” sculptures featured in her current exhibition,
‘Creatures From Left Field,’ at the Lakewood Cultural Center.”
(photo by Corey H. Jones/CPR News)

“Sculptor Dorothy Tanner’s work is best seen in the dark. That’s because the
92-year-old works with light, using materials like plexiglass to bend and blend
vibrant rays of color. She’s been making art for more than 60 years.”

 

 

Colorado Exhibits

 Then and Now Retrospective 
Museum of Outdoor Arts, 2017

 


Reinventing the Image
Museum of Outdoor Arts, 2016


The Scarlet in Central City
2016-2017

 

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Creatures From Left Field by Dorothy Tanner
Lakewood Cultural Center, 2015


A Light Journey at Denver International Airport,
Feb. 2014 – May, 2014 DIA Exhibit

 


  Light Supply Exhibit
Museum of Outdoor Arts

 


 The Light Fantastic by Dorothy Tanner
VERTIGO Art Space Exhibit


Dorothy Tanner & Mel Tanner Exhibit
Union Station Fund-Raiser for The Welcome Arch

 

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Dorothy Tanner collaborated with David Taylor, artistic director
and founder of the Zikr Dance Ensemble, to create light sculptures for the
world premiere of The Lady of the Lake, performed in the summer of 2015.

 

Additional Art Installations


Denver Arts Week:
Dorothy Tanner’s light sculptures make Lumonics glow

This is one in a series of posts in honor of Denver Arts Week
that salute some of our favorite people and places on the arts scene.”

Amber Taufen, Denver Westword