Each of these artists is fascinated with the life and dimension found in the West and capture it through traditional techniques applied in their own style to honor the past and present.
Western Dimensions: Sculpture highlights the many dimensions of the West by bringing it to shape through sculpture, featuring Neil Clifford, Gordon Gund, Amy Laugesen, and Lloyd Schermer; introducing Lisa Gordon. On view July 10th with an Artists’ Reception on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 from 5 to 7PM at Ann Korologos Gallery.
“Western Dimensions: Sculpture pulls Western art off the walls and into a three-dimensional form,” shares Ann Korologos. “Each of these artists is fascinated with the life and dimension found in the West and capture it through traditional techniques applied in their own style to honor the past and present. Expect to find horses balanced whimsically on a pedestal or captured as modern-day relics; to see the dynamisms found in bird feathers or fish scales captured in bronze or stone; to see once-essential materials, like the wood blocks of a printing press, re-envisioned as art.”
Neil Clifford lives in Toronto, Canada. His mixed-media sculptures exhibit a great understanding and sympathetic use of natural stone and man-made materials to realize his vision. Clifford’s work is defined by the intimate relationship between the process of finding forms in nature, creating sculptures that honor them, and staying dedicated from concept stage to the final presentation.
Gordon Gund was born in 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is predominantly known for his successful endeavors as a businessman, investor, philanthropist, and now, sculptor. Gund began his passion for sculpting in his thirties, a few years after losing his eyesight. He learned his sculptural capabilities from the best, but everything Gordon does is modified by his reality, translated to beautiful forms. In his bronze sculptures of fish, birds, and wildlife, the forms are tactile and smooth, a reflection of Gordon’s vision.
Amy Laugesen is a Colorado-based sculptor known for her modern-day equine “relics” that span from large-scale commissioned public artworks to small mixed-media treasures. Working with ceramics, Laugesen has mastered techniques to create works that look ancient, drawing from Eastern and Western clay sculpting traditions, and a variety of glazing techniques to achieve the unique color of each sculpture. Her ceramics are paired with vintage metals, porcelain casters, and metal, wood, or stone bases.
Lloyd Schermer began his career as a newspaper publisher, surrounded by the very material that would later inspire him. As newspaper presses upgraded, millions of blocks of wood type, many hand-carved, others a century old, became obsolete, but not to Schermer. The impact of this change is captured in man’s most lasting medium—art. His colorful, “vintage” wood-type blocks speak with nostalgia and meaningful form.
Lisa Gordon was born and raised in Southern California. Lisa’s bronze sculptures breathe new life into an often cliché’ historical subject by introducing horses balanced on spheres, walking through hoops, swaying on rockers or bouncing on springs, all metaphors for having fun and giving life purpose.
Western Dimensions: Sculpture will remain on view through August 5, 2018. For more information and to discover more Art & Literature Series events, please visit the Ann Korologos Gallery at 211 Midland Avenue in Basalt, call 970.927.9668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.