Morphologies: Works by William Harsh, Drawing, Monotype, Painting
Bronze Sculpture by Maru Hoeber
Jewelry by Eve Singer
"It is with great delight that we bring forth works by three artists new to Vessel Gallery. We've chosen to present a spectrum of works by William Harsh. This practiced and dedicated artist's works are singularly focused, a treat for true modernists as well as refreshing to contemporary viewers. Maru Hoeber's sculpture captures past and present life through bronze; these improvisational assemblages are sure to to turn a thoughtful smile. Jewelry by Eve Singer makes you feel you've recovered some treasure from a lost civilization, but you'll do a double take when you realize the modern sensibilities. Imagine three artists marooned on an island, this exhibition might reveal interpretations of their collected visions." - Lonnie Lee, Curator
"From imagination and memory I wrestle familiar objects to expose the real presence and power of physical, tactile imagery. I work by improvisation, redrawing and re-configuring my constructions. Mix-ups in 'representation' occur as forms get entangled in paint, when fortress-like assemblies begin to emerge, solid and abstract, 'set' in ambiguous spaces. Intensities of color, movement, and organization arise at this stage. A sense of estrangement, a pull away from the familiar, compels the final images. The whole ensemble must become a curiosity to me, like an unexpected monument, the way driftwood piled high on a beach or junk in a studio corner suggests a drama. A finished picture must feel at least this real." - William Harsh
William Harsh is an artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area with over 30 years of dedicated studio practice. Primarily an oil painter, he also works extensively with other painting and drawing media and with monotype printmaking. Raised in Europe and the US, he studied with Philip Guston and James Weeks at Boston University, and has for many years taught studio art at colleges in New England and California. His work is included in numerous collections in the US, Canada, and Europe.
"Boat shapes have always been a part of my sculptural vocabulary. My first foray into boats came in 1985 when I installed a fleet of Tyvec origami boats six to nine feet long in the Sacramento River (Sculpture Sacramento site-specific installation). They represented the ephemeral quality of human endeavor along the banks of the Sacramento River at that time.
Since then I have made boats of grass, wood, porcelain and bronze. The bronze boats are built of small individual cedar trees which died from lack of light. The environment shaped all the trees in the forest: huge snow loads, drought, bugs, fire, logging etc. I began to compare them to the lives of people. The boats are metaphors for our journey through life and a reminder that we are not separate from our environment." - Maru Hoeber
"The ocean shore is a meeting place of the industrial and the natural. The beach collects treasures - from seashells to shards of glass - that are ever present and yet individually temporary - removed by people, worn by time. My individual searches for treasures inspires my work. Sometimes it's an actual object that influences my forms and sometimes the beach provides a space for me to witness grander scales from infinite sets of waves to colossal ships that work their way into my forms. In tune with the way I see the ocean, my work walks a line between appearing as a natural object - gnarled wood - and an industrial remnant." - Eve Singer
Artist Talk with
led by Dickran Tashjian
Dickran Tashjian is professor emeritus of art history at the University of California, Irvine. A scholar of the Machine Age, Dada, Surrealism and the American Avant-Garde, an authority on Joseph Cornell, Rene Magritte and Max Ernst, Tashjian will interview and direct an illuminating lively discussion with artist William Harsh.
Saturday, November 20, 4-5PM
FREE - We invite our collectors, art critics, art enthusiasts, fellow artists and ALL friends of Vessel to join, ask questions, and get to know this fascinating artist Bill Harsh.