Opening: Sunday, May 5th. 12-2pm At the Cornerstone Sonoma reflecting pool (part of sculptureWALK). In the gallery: 2-4PM.
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, ambitious monumental public art installations in Canada, the US and Europe, inspired by glacial walls and exploding with pure pigments interacting with the crystal structure of the ice.
In 2008, more than 176,000 people visited Halloran’s site-specific (100' long, 14' high, double-sided) Museum of Modern Ice at Millennium Park, in Chicago. Toronto City Hall hosted over 50,000 visitors to Paintings Below Zero, a site-specific installation (80' long by 10' wide) of frozen paintings in 2007.
In Turin, Italy, Halloran was Canada’s official representative to the Cultural Olympiad for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, where his site-specific installation filled an entire church with Pitture Sotto Zero. At the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, he created Ice Gate, a 100' long by 14' high site-specific installation.
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 reflecting pool, 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.”
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.
Ice Break is an evolving commentary inspired by the calving of Arctic icebergs and Claude Monet’s impressionist Waterlilies. The exhibition 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, Ice Break 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.