About the Artist
Solo Show: Atmospheres and Environments, September 8th – October 27th, 2018
Solo show: Slow Wave, April 28th – June 11th, 2016
Solo show: New Works, November 8th – December 20th, 2014
Group show: Split Focus: A group show with Renée Gertler, Matt Gil, and Paul Wackers, June 20th – July 25th, 2013
Tournesol Award Exhibit, June 10th – August 8th, 2009
Group show: The Secret Life of Plants, a show by Johanna St. Clair, Paul Wackers, Sean McFarland, & Dan Carlson, September 27th – October 31st, 2008
Solo show: Stand Still Like the Hummingbird, February 16th – March 15th, 2008
Solo show: Another Side of This Life, October 20th – November 24th, 2006
April 26th, 2016 (San Francisco, CA) – Eleanor Harwood Gallery is pleased to present Slow Wave, a solo exhibition by Paul Wackers. The exhibit spans two spaces in the Minnesota Street Project building.
Slow Wave is a new series of works continuing and expanding Wackers’ investigations in painting and ceramics. Using his everyday surroundings at home and his studio as source material, his painting can largely be considered still life. However, Wackers also fills his painting with objects from his imagination. He frequently adds gestures that can be read as a moment of harnessed energy, a movement, that in life would be a sensation, but in a painting is manifested as a stroke of paint.
The manner in which Wackers uses objects from his studio and everyday life as sources for his paintings and ceramics can be described as a measure of the human inclination to collect and exhibit objects. Similarly, the varied density and sparseness in his paintings can be interpreted as an amount of time being referenced. The sparse paintings are slow paintings, whereas the dense paintings are akin to labyrinthine puzzles with a lot of information, human experiences, and memories.
Thematically, he references moments, motifs, and patterns encountered during his recent travels in Europe and North Africa. Edges of rugs, patterns that mimic stone walls, foliage and landscapes seen through windows echo recent experiences, a vivid and abstracted travelogue.
The exhibition also includes ceramics that are displayed on painted wooden shelves. His ceramic work is an extension of his continued interest in hand-built objects.