Crystal Wagner’s “Sublime” at Fort Works Art

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The organic structures are reminiscent of tropical wonderlands. | Photo provided.

Want to get away but don’t have the time? Don’t worry, there’s a whole new world coming to Fort Worth this summer and it’s going to be funky. Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Crystal Wagner is currently building a temporary environment at Fort Works Art in the Cultural District

The “Sublime” exhibition will be a whimsical world of color and delight, built on-site with chicken wire, kite paper, and picnic table covers. Think: Willy Wonka-meets-Ghostbusters in this immersive swirl of texture that grows up walls, overhead, and around corners. 

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The immersive art experience is fit for all ages. | Photo provided.

About the exhibition

“Sublime” debuts on Sat., July 9 with an opening reception from 5-9 p.m. and will be on display through Sat., Oct. 15 at 2100 Montgomery St. Fort Works Art serves as a gallery, cultural center, and museum to give back to the community, inspire youth, and energize the art scene in Fort Worth. The artist’s second solo exhibition in Cowtown is sponsored by Gallery of Dreams, a nonprofit organization that provides funding for open-call exhibitions, artist residencies, grant initiatives, and showcases. 

Tickets are available for $15 and the gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Pat Hazell described Crystal’s work as “a waterfall of color.” | Photo provided.

About the artist

Inspired by the Art Deco and Art Nouveau eras — particularly Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí — Crystal incorporates reused and recycled materials from all over the world to create immersive temporary landscapes. She has created large-scale installations for Nike and Viacom, including a 117-ft piece in Viacom’s headquarters in Times Square. She has also done commissions for Warner Brothers and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Check out some of her work on Instagram or listen to her interview on Pat Hazell’s podcast Creativity in Captivity.