Allegra LaViola Gallery is pleased to present Don Gummer: Recent Works, an exhibition of collage, watercolor and sculpture. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, May 2nd 2013 with an opening from 6-8pm that evening.
Known for his large-scale sculptural works, this exhibition explores a different side of Gummer’s process and pieces. The encaustic paintings represent images partially brought to the surface of recognition. Stripped of detail, and waiting for full recollection, the viewer must complete the pieces of the puzzle, which are both familiar and unrecognizable.
The collages are made from torn or cut paper painted in four or five different values of grey. The size of the collage elements is limited to the area that encaustic paint can cover before it becomes unworkable. These collage works stand on their own as well as connecting the viewer to Gummer’s sculpture, as the collages are also sculptural pieces.
The sculpture, ranging in material from marble, stainless steel and bronze are, for the most part, maquettes for larger sculptures that are concerned with a bottom up approach to building while defining the transition from chaos to the magic of lyrical simplicity. As in Gummer’s larger works, the viewer is occasionally deceived by material and form: what appears to be solid is air, what appears heavy is light and vice versa. Gummer’s constant attention to the space and how his forms exist in it leads us to address our own surroundings with a sharper eye.
Don Gummer received his BFA and MFA from Yale University, CT and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including at Sperone Westwater, New York, NY; Salander O-Reilly Galleries, New York, NY; Marlborough, New York, NY; The Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT; Galeria d’Arte Benucci, Rome, Italy. He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy in Rome and his work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, The Village Voice and Art in America. He currently resides in New York City. This is his first solo exhibition with the gallery.