Opening Reception: 'Garden of Delights'
Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present "Garden of Delights", an exhibition of wire-mesh sculptures by Eric Boyer. An opening reception will take place Thursday, June 22 at 5 pm, with an Artist Talk Saturday, June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Eric Boyer began exploring in wood, ceramics, and metalwork, and his work in wire-mesh is the result of a continuous search for a personal, expressive medium, which he discovered accidentally while working with metal scraps in a blacksmith shop. "Garden of Delights" represents over 20 years of artistic creation and reflects Boyer's fascination with figure, form, and the endless expressive potential founacd in the intimate connection to one's materials. "Occasionally the figures have a story to tell..." says Boyer, "yet the wire-mesh itself is a material with no foreseeable limits as an artistic medium." "Garden of Delights" serves as a celebration of artistic investigation and the ongoing satisfaction that resonates through a chosen medium.
When I explain how I got from point A to point B, from sculpting exclusively representational — or more specifically, realistic — figures, to abstract, geometric forms, I start with a simplistic stated goal: I sought to learn more about the material. One needs to experiment in order to break down assumptions, old habits and safe patterns, to break one's own rules. All of my work is material-focused, which itself is a "rule:" I only sculpt in woven wire mesh. Just like in our personal, emotional, social lives, some rules serve us, and many do not. When I let my material / structural experiments become the ends rather than the means, I realized that "figures only" was an unnecessary self-imposed rule based more on insecurity than artistic excellence. I almost subconsciously assumed that my audience would need a firm recognition of the subject matter, that a blob of fireplace screen in space wouldn't be enough. Well, it is!
My first experiments were attempts to form a cylinder that could be a fully enclosed figure rather than the open-backed forms I typically create. I didn't like the seam running through the body, so I never pursued it. But as a cylinder this form presented a whole new expressive world. For years these forms served as Christmas presents for my family but would never grace a gallery wall. It took a few inquiries soliciting such work before I realized that these forms could be a ticket to a creative freedom I hadn't allowed myself. I had been busy building my own cage, and here was a gentle reminder that I was actually quite free.
While still enjoying the challenges of sculpting figures, the abstract experiments take me delightfully to the other end of the spectrum of expression with forms that only exist to say "here I am. I am possible."
Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer.
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183 Main Street, Brattleboro
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