The three artists were selected for the show based on their creation of abstract sculptural works, with a focus on the cast aluminum works of Matt Gil, the powder coated wire works of Renée Gertler, and new sculptures and acrylic paintings from Paul Wackers.
* Matt Gil images Courtesy Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco.
June 6, 2013 (San Francisco, CA) - Eleanor Harwood Gallery is pleased to present split focus, a group show curated by Dan Carlson featuring new works from Renée Gertler, Matt Gil, and Paul Wackers.
The three artists were selected for the show based on their creation of abstract sculptural works, with a focus on the cast aluminum works of Matt Gil, the powder coated wire works of Renée Gertler, and new sculptures as well as acrylic paintings from Paul Wackers. The backroom gallery will showcase other relevant bodies of work from each of the artists.
While Paul Wackers is most commonly identified as a painter, his work has become the root for this sculpturally based show. His shelf series of paintings are still, quiet, and almost surreal collections of real and imagined objects, shapes, and sculptures. The objects depicted range from beautifully glazed ceramics, to impossible rounds of aerosol paint, all evenly spaced on thin shelves, a humble honesty that seems to pull the viewer closer.
Renée Gertler creates sculptural versions of natural phenomena; taking large concepts and distilling them down to a hand rendered gesture. Using model making techniques and materials she captures an ever-changing motion or energy, presented as still sculpture; giving form to scientific processes that have no rigid structure.
Along a similar line, Matt Gil’s sculptures show a freeze frame of metal in motion. His works draw references from explosions and crash landings, to the slow movement of molten metal. Gestures of movement and hints of something more dynamic show up as lines, curves, or angles of connection. Gil creates his one-of-a-kind sculptures with great attention to both positive form and negative space. Gil leaves no detail unattended, from his texture, color and mirror polished finishes, to custom bases and presentation stands.