Forge, Spin, Wrap and Weld | May 24-June 14, 2013

May 24 to June 14

Forge, Spin, Wrap and Weld 

New Metal Work by Ernst Gruler, Donald Gialanella, Christopher Bathgate and Jamie Monroe

Reception Friday, May 24, 5:00-7:00 PM

GVG Contemporary opens ‘Forge, Spin, Wrap, and Weld’, an exhibition of new metalwork by Ernst Gruler, Donald Gialanella, Christopher Bathgate, and Jamie Monroe May 24th through June 14th at 202 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. An opening reception with the artists will be held on Friday, May 24th, from 5 to 7pm. This exhibition showcases a variety of metalworking techniques as practiced by a diverse group of artists.

Christopher Bathgate hails from Baltimore, Maryland, where he creates intricate, hand-machined sculptures of precision and complexity. Bathgate’s process most closely resembles that of a machine builder or engineer. He uses mathematical techniques which allow him to achieve a high degree of precision in his art. Bathgate works in brass, bronze, stainless steel, and aluminum.  The pieces fit together in such a way that they cease to appear as man-made, and yet, in spite of their lack of roughness or touch of the hand, emanate a presence that is unmistakable and engaging. Part device and part creature, Bathgate’s works are unique and compelling. Among numerous awards and honors, he has twice received prestigious Pollack-Krasner Foundation grants.

Jamie Monroe comes to his practice of working with metal as a craftsman and blacksmith. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, and currently resides in Salida, Colorado. His work exhibits the technical mastery and precision of a craftsman with the inventiveness of an artist. For this exhibition, Monroe has created both wall-mounted and free-standing sculpture.

Donald Gialanella received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cooper Union, New York City, in 1979. While there, he studied with Jim Dine, Vito Acconci, and Milton Glazer. Gialanella became Louise Bourgeois’s assistant in 1980. After two years with Bourgeois, he accepted a post as Graphics Producer for the ABC television network in Manhattan. Pioneering the use of on-air digital graphics, Gialanella was awarded an Emmy in 1992.  Sculpting in steel for the last 15 years, Gialanella now lives and works in Los Angeles after several years in Taos, New Mexico. He produces sculpture that is often satirical, combining various metalworking techniques, and sometimes including elements of painting and assemblage. Gialanella has been shortlisted for several important national and international public sculpture projects, and was recently featured in CTN Green Magazine. He is a part of the Landfill Art Project Collection and is an active member of the New York Sculptors Guild. For this exhibition, he has created a series of ‘Tree People,’ life-sized steel sculptures which seemingly morph from human to tree.

Ernst Gruler, co-owner of GVG Contemporary, is known for his beautiful, contemporary fine art furniture hand-crafted from plywood. In recent years, he has turned his talents to other media, creating abstract paintings on panel and a series of unique interior lighting. In this exhibition, he debuts a new body of work made from repurposed steel. Called ‘Sound Sculptures,’ the work includes repurposed pressure canisters which resonate with beautiful tones when struck. Gruler brings his training in fine art and furniture design to this new work, mixing his sophisticated aesthetic with  repurposed scrap for a satisfying and interactive result.


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