Two things continually occupy my attention: both the world's rawness and its extreme fragility.
I never began by sitting down to ponder this, but I realize that for a long time the interplay of opposites has been very much a part of my work. It is instinctual for me to try to weave together roughness and delicacy, shadow and light, solidity and trace into some ultimate unity -- a moment of stillness or refuge.
Using canvas, paper, paint, wood, stone and thread, I strive to create wholeness from the duality of materials. The "still point" that I seek, however, can be both elusive and evanescent -- and can, paradoxically, arise from the thrust of gesture, from textured fields of brushstrokes or threads.
Frequently I find that the unexpected asserts itself, that a seemingly simple idea can only be fulfilled through great complexity...and that this, perhaps, is one of the first -- and possibly one of the last -- lessons of being alive.
NOTE: Sometimes two works -- usually a painting and a construction -- complement each other to the point of becoming one entity. A few of these "pairings" are included in this exhibition.
Gretl Bauer's work can be found in many private collections throughout the United States.
Her art draws its strength from the natural world, from the memory of a night, a mood, a season... perhaps a moment of weather on a voyage...
She lives and works in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York. Her work was most recently seen January/February of 2019 at Lichtundfire Gallery in New York City.
For inquiries contact the artist directly:
917 704 1728