Thursday, May 26, 2011

June Show

Second Nature: Geoffrey Gorman

Reception Friday June 17th from 5:00-7:00 pm
Geoffrey Gorman is breathing life into what might be considered to be the detritus of our culture. He constructs artworks using sticks, rusted screws, washers, bicycle tires, old tools, bailing wire, discarded canvas, and other things that are housed in cluttered garages or the backs of closets suffering from neglect. An intense physical process goes into making each work as Gorman builds from a series of elements layer upon layer. He explores the shared identity between animals and humans. Gorman’s artistic journey explores common moments and concerns. His magical animals will be “strutting their stuff” at Jane Sauer Gallery. As Gorman develops his animals, he also creates narratives from scientific writings, observation, and his very active imagination. During construction his mind seems to integrate these three prongs into a seamless whole. Gorman is fascinated by the humanness of animal behavior and the animalistic tendencies in human behavior. He states, “These creatures live in their own world, a more 'natural' world than the one we inhabit. The exciting challenge is for us to figure out how we can relate to them and what we can learn from their survival instincts which do not destroy the environments in which they live”.
Exhibit June 17th through July 12th

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alpinus in Action

Alpinus in Action
40” x 96” x 18”

When we see animals running, often it is a blur of body and limbs. The pioneering work of photographer Eadweard J. Muybridge was able to break down each movement of an animal in motion, letting us see the articulation of their bodies.

This piece captures the movement of one dog in two positions: on the left he has his ears back, his feet underneath him, just hitting his stride. Starting to run, the dog on the right is stretching out his feet as he prepares to take off.