Friday, May 3, 2013

Introducing Gordon Halloran to Sculpturesite


ICE BREAK in the gallery 1 - 4 pm
in Earth Walk's pond (Pamela Burton's garden) 12 - 1 PM

a new leaf gallery / sculpturesite is delighted to introduce to California Canadian artist Gordon Halloran, well known to world audiences as the creator of Paintings Below Zero, monumental public art installations in pigments interacting with the crystal structure of ice.

In 2008, Museum of Modern Ice (popularly nicknamed 'The Popsicle' by Chicagoans) attracted over 176,000 visitors to Millennium Park, Chicago in the month of February. In Turin, Italy, Halloran filled an entire church with a magical landscape of paintings in ice for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

For this double exhibition at a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Ice Break in the gallery and Breaking Up is Hard to Do in Cornerstone Sonoma’s Earth Walk Pond (Pamela Burton's Garden), Halloran says: “I had the desire to bring the naturally created ephemeral forms of my ice work into a permanent but malleable state in order to further investigate the nature of the fracture, movement, and disintegration of our evolving landscape; to capture the graphic patterns that emerge from the magnificent interplay of crystalline growth and collaboratively play with that growth through the fabrication of structures that explore the interconnectedness of creation and entropy.”

Ice Break is an evolving commentary inspired by the calving of Arctic icebergs and Claude Monet’s impressionist Waterlilies, Ice Break explores the nature of ephemeral existence and its relationship to increasingly technologically-bound societies. Through the presentation of a simple interplay between seemingly rigid materials and naturally occurring structure, it attempts to awaken us to the ephemeral nature of being.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do uses site, scale and color to seduce the viewer with vibrancy, luring us to the water’s edge and into collective play. Viewers move around the piece and it moves alongside them. Juxtaposing abstract sensibility with ecological patterns, the elements relate to each other, as well as their site, not just in space, but over time as each moves in response to wind and wave.

Together Ice Break and Breaking up is Hard to Do openly question our understanding of our environment in transformation –permanent to ephemeral, solid to liquid –a dynamic and enduring landscape in permanent flux.

Halloran has sourced a modern, acid-free material that allows him a process for creating permanent sculptures that are closest in appearance to his frozen works. First, he gets high resolution photos of his intensely pigmented ice paintings with highly detailed ice crystal formations printed with UV resistant archival inks on a flat-bed press. 

Halloran then uses a controlled breaking technique, in ways very similar to the ice works, to give the ice-shard like pieces natural, slightly ragged edges and assembles these shards into wall hung or free-standing compositions. 

Finally, the sculptures are coated with clear resin, giving the surfaces a watery effect and emphasizing the saturation of the limpid colors. The wall hung and free-standing works are suitable for indoor or outdoor settings in most climates.