We are delighted to introduce a double exhibition from Canadian artist Gordon Halloran, known worldwide as the creator of Paintings Below Zero, ambitious monumental public art installations inspired by glacial walls and exploding with pure pigments interacting with the crystal structure of melting ice formations. For this exhibition, Halloran has sourced a material that allows him a process for creating permanent sculptures that are closest in appearance to his frozen works. Join us Sunday, May 5 for the debut of “Ice Break” in the gallery space and “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” in Cornerstone Sonoma’s reflecting pool, featuring wall-hung and free-standing sculptures in a new medium inspired by his monumental ice installations. The opening reception begins outdoors from 12-2pm, and moves indoors from 2-4pm. The exhibition will remain on display through July 7. The gallery is open daily from 10-5, and the gardens at Cornerstone are open daily from 10-4.
For this double exhibition at a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Halloran 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. The exhibition 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, "Ice Break" 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.