The David B. Smith Gallery will be presenting an exhibition of new work by Gregory Euclide, including an interactive site-specific installation, at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami, December 2 – 5, 2010. The exhibitors at PULSE consist of a select group of leading and pioneering international galleries who present works by premier contemporary artists. The David B. Smith Gallery is delighted to be participating in PULSE and to be presenting Euclide’s work in the Impulse section of the Fair which features solo exhibitions.
everything falling through and a window view
acrylic, cedar, eurocast, found foam, moss, paper, petg, sedum, sponge, wood 24 x 24 x 13
Euclide’s artistry has moved to a new level with this significant body of work. He continues to explore the tensions, confusion and contradictions between pristine nature and the culture in which we live, and he continues to ask how we can simultaneously preserve the environment, and yet maintain the benefits of a modern lifestyle.
with your water falling over our new natural
acrylic, found foam, eurocast, moss, mylar, paper, pencil, pen, petg, plastic bag, sage, sedum, sponge, wood 26 x 24 x 10
Euclide poses these questions in the form of increasingly complex and engaging dioramas. The compositions contain a mixture of landscape images painted on paper that have been shaped into three-dimensional sculptures. The battered and wrinkled sheets of paper that are the foundation of these works, carry a blend of imagery containing picturesque landscapes drawn from memory, photo transfers based on nature photography, and abstract areas of raw paint. Euclide uses actual artifacts from the land, such as pine needles and bark, and places them in juxtaposition with found, weathered, manmade waste materials, like styrofoam, that are unable to decompose.
The exaggerated folds of thick watercolor paper transform the traditional landscape images into a dimensional topography that should be viewed from a variety of angles. These new terrains, painted on both sides and containing hidden vignettes, encourage the kind of exploration one might find in nature rather than in a traditional, straightforward picture, and invoke a mindset of investigation, discovery and imagination.
About the Artist
Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Twin Cities, in Minnesota. He received his MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and he has recently been awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants through the National Endowment for the Arts and a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Society. His work was featured in Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape at MASS MoCA (March 2008-April 2009) and will be included in the exhibition Otherworldy at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City (May 2011-August 2011).