Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art is pleased to announce John Geldersma: Black Wings, a solo exhibition September 16 – October 15. The opening reception is Friday, September 16, 5-7pm.
Geldersma’s new body of work builds upon years of exploring bold, totemic forms that bridge the gap between tribal, primitive art, and contemporary wood sculpture. The work in Black Wings portrays a strong connection to the spiritual realm yet is balanced with the aesthetic realm through the use of materials, fine craftsmanship, and monolithic form. He explains, “My sculpture strips wood to its essence… to reach the archetypes that exist in all created things. The wood demands its final form: the movement of the uncut wood and rhythm of the grain tell me what the sculpture is, and what it will eventually become.”
Most of Geldersma’s works are constructed with multiple wooden pieces painted with vivid primary colors on a field of black. The black ground, rendered with burned wood polished to a high gloss, represents the unconscious and the bright reds, yellows and blue that sit on top connect to the conscious. With this new body of work, the verticality of single “Spirit Poles” and “Shaman Sticks” which he made in the past, has grown and expanded into the predominately horizontal multiples of wing-like forms, as in Black Wings.
As a Contemporary wood sculptor, Geldersma has an extensive exhibition history, with solo exhibitions starting in 1965 in his native Louisiana. This is Chiaroscuro’s second exhibition of John Geldersma’s work.
(Images: John Geldersma, Black Wings, 2011, Burned and painted aspen , 30 X 93 3/4 X 5 inches; Homage to the Circle and Square, 2011, Painted Ponderosa pine, 45 X 56 X 4; Courtesy of the artist and Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art)
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