We are 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.
For this double exhibition -- Ice Break in the gallery space and Breaking Up is Hard to Do in Cornerstone Sonoma's reflecting pool -- 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. He 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, and 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.