As an artist, I find that to live and create in this broken world I must reach back again and again to the elemental -- to that which stays hidden but somehow remains constant beneath the ravages. In this exhibit I present a small sampler of works -- drawings, paintings and constructions -- which embody these concerns.
Paradoxical possibilities arrest my attention: the evanescence of light against the endurance of stone; the unexpected power of delicacy; the riches found within restraint...
Another paradox is my frequent use of thread as a unifying material. Thread, so ephemeral that at times it is difficult to discern, is also capable of binding and holding together the most disparate of elements.
From the beginning my instinct has been to create art which might provide a quiet respite, become a serene if momentary refuge from the world's disorder. Perhaps the final paradox is that, as time unfolds, an inevitable sense of searching and restlessness emerges in the work. Shadings of sadness and loss -- and, yes, hope -- only illuminate the mystery which it is our daily task to confront.
Gretl Bauer is an artist who lives and works in New York City and Sag Harbor, NY.
Her unique and compelling pieces are an interweaving of paper and wash, canvas and acrylic, metal and stone, wood and thread...and whatever else the landscapes through which she passes may yield.
Her work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
For inquiries contact the artist directly:
917 704 1728