The Ann Korologos Gallery presents its first exhibition dedicated to sculpture this month with “Material Magic: Six Sculptors Create.” Featured are works with Western themes and influences in bronze, ceramic, wood and glass by sculptors Veryl Goodnight, Gordon Gund, Neil Clifford, Amy Laugesen, Lloyd Schermer, and Immi Storrs. The styles of sculpture in the exhibition range from the traditional to contemporary.
The opening reception is slated for Wednesday, August 6, from 5 pm to 7 pm, beginning with an artists’ talk at 5 pm. Refreshments will be served.
The lifelike work of Colorado artist Veryl Goodnight’s captures the power and beauty of animals. Among her most notable achievements is a seven-ton bronze monument, “The Day The Wall Came Down,” commissioned for the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas, with a second casting on exhibit at the Allied Museum in Berlin.
Gordon Gund has worked in bronze, wood, and clay for more than three decades. A six-foot version of his work, “Flukes,” is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Grounds for Sculpture, and the Cleveland Arts & Medicine Institute. Although Gund lost his sight in 1970 from retinitis pigmentosa, his sculpting process results in elegant forms and highly polished surfaces which are a delight to touch and behold.
Toronto-based Neil Clifford sculpts in bronze and stone, creating one-of-a-kind works. Clifford’s approach reflects his deep appreciation of nature and his desire to engage the viewer. He says, “I believe the quality of our lives is enhanced by surrounding ourselves with art that stimulates the senses every time one engages with the work.”
Decades ago, Lloyd Schermer was a newspaper publisher, surrounded by wood and metal type, from which he would later create his art. When typeset technology was replaced by offset printing, Schermer began collecting antique type, and the idea for creating sculpture was born. Schermer is an honorary trustee of The Anderson Ranch Art Center and a lifetime trustee of The Aspen Institute.
New York-based artist Immi C. Storrs is best known for her imaginative, yet refined sculptures inspired by the animal kingdom. Storrs portrays familiar animals in a highly stylized and playful manner. Her work has been praised and exhibited throughout the U.S., including at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Colorado sculptor Amy Laugesen is known for her bronze and ceramic abstracted horses, reflecting a deep connection with the equine race. Laugesen offers “As a metaphor, the horse symbolizes power, grace, nobility, strength, endurance and freedom.” Her large-scale commissions are in public collections throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
“Material Magic: Six Sculptors Create” will remain on view at the gallery through September 8, and may also be viewed online at here. For more information, call (970) 927-9668 or visit the gallery, 211 Midland Ave. Basalt, CO.