伯樂相馬 Bo Le looks at a horse 伯樂一顧 Bo Le glances back
Founded in 2013 in Seoul, Thomas Park has shown artists from the US, Korea, and elsewhere who have great potentials to show who they are as artists, what art means to us now. Together we look, talk, contemplate, explore, and exhibit.
We are extending
Bruce Gagnier's exhibition,
Good Figure at 55 Berry St.
Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
to see the show.
If I make a good figure, then perhaps I will have made a sculpture. Sculpture as content is of no interest to me - the figure is.
Good Figure focuses on plaster works from the crucial years, 2019 and 1983 of Bruce Gagnier's practice. Traditionally, plaster has been considered an intermediary material for being used in the casting process as an artist proof. It creates an optimal surface for light and shadow, in fact, bringing a sculpture to life. Just as Giacometti valued plaster for its humble, fragile quality, Gagnier thinks highly of the material. Plaster is malleable as clay, but it dries to the end material that ages beautifully. The moral side of Gagnier’s sculpture lies in its process; the figure changes without a predetermined image, so does the artist himself. Through this process, the truth of the human situation is unfurled; we are in a constant tension between inner life and outer circumstances. Plaster is a good material to deliver a sense of being in this state, being a human, the representation of it, and its ever-changing, evanescent aspects of human life.
Bruce Gagnier (born 1941) studied art history at Williams College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Columbia University, where he studied with Nicholas Carone, Peter Agostini and John Heliker. He has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the world for over 40 years of his career. Most recently, Gagnier received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016, also the Arts and Letters Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2014. In 2004, he was elected Academician by the National Academy. Gagnier has taught at Yale University, Sarah Lawrence, Parsons, Haverford College and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Between 1979 - 2017, he taught drawing and sculpture at the New York Studio School. Currently, he teaches drawing at the NYSS. Gagnier lives and works in Brooklyn.
Caixa 155, 2011, Oil on wood
15h x 9.50w x 3d