MAY 1 – JUNE 2, 2012
A selection of recent sculptural works by:
Preview Reception (open to the public): Wednesday, May 2nd, 5:30-8pm
Opening Reception: 1st Thursday May 3rd, 6-10pm
Runs through, Friday June 1.
BB Gallery is proud to announce a solo show presenting the diversely constructed sculptures of Oakland-based artist, Michael Walsh. This collection is a visual intersection of industrial techniques combined with a variety of mixed media processes. While presenting a cohesive aesthetic nature, the forms are created utilizing a variety of approaches and mediums. The exhibition will include free-standing large-scale works as well as some airier wall-hanging sculptures – expect to see work in series and one of a kind works. Walsh’s show will extend a growing body of works including and departing from the metal works people have come to expect from the artist, incorporating mediums new to his palette such as acrylics, resins, and 3D computer printing. The show displays an aesthetic that is an amalgamation of Walsh’s influences of graffiti roots, contemporary design, sculpture, and architecture.
Michael Walsh, born May 27, 1974 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, has worked in a variety of creative trades for over 20 years including painting, interior design, and sculpture. Though not formally trained, Walsh has traveled and learned from professional artists and master craftsman from an array of disciplines to cultivate his art making, giving the artist the ability to utilize a diverse palette of materials and processes. Some of Walsh’s permanent sculptures, “The Gateway”, were on the tour for the Carnegie Museum of Art’s International Sculpture Convention. He has shown his work extensively since 1997 in galleries and institutions across the country such as Fountain Art Fair New York 2012, American Steel Studios in Oakland, CA, The Gallery Four in Pittsburgh PA, and The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL. Publications featuring Walsh’s work include the cult-bibles “The History of American Graffiti” by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelson and “Graffiti World” by Nicholas Ganz among many other newspapers and magazines.
Michael is currently creating an ongoing visual dialogue in a series that begins with the movement, line, and composition of his letter-based art roots but transcends this pushing forward into a group of objects that is yet to find classification. Unlike other artists who tread the beaten-bath, Michael pushes the envelope as a relevant contemporary artist by using his roots to propel him into new and engaging genres by exploring a variety of three-dimensional mediums. Expanding from the metal sculpture he is most known for, Walsh also experiments with an assortment of materials including but not limited to polystyrene, resin, acrylic, plaster, enamel, and most recently 3D computer printing. Michael lives and works presently in Oakland, California .
For further information, interview opportunities, pricing, or questions, please contact:
Paige Prendergast, 503.318.6228, firstname.lastname@example.org