(Hyattsville, MD) Hard and Soft explores work that pushes the tactile quality of materials. Combined, the work of Thea Gregorius, Allen Linder, Michael Enn Sirvet, and Tim Tate questions notions of soft (ornamental, safe, feminine) and hard (resolute, unwavering, masculine) while it explores the relationships between sculpture and paper.
HARD AND SOFT opens October 19 with a reception from 6 – 9 pm. The exhibition runs through November 23, 2018. Gallery hours: 10 am - 6 pm Tuesday - Saturday and 12 - 5 pm on Sunday. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781. More at pyramidatlanticartcenter.org or 301-608-9101.
Texture is central to this exhibition. Sculpture of metal and stone will be shown next to delicate works on paper. Delicate flowers are actually hard cast poly-vitro. Soft rounded spheres will accompany works that have been punched and pricked. Flat paper finds a way to be sculptural, and sculpture is printed to be flat.
Each artist has a unique style and approach. Thea’s work is meticulously pricked and punctured handmade paper. She applies subtle destruction to achieve an integration of light and to define the space both within and beyond a two-dimensional plane. Inescapable is also the tension created by puncturing the soft paper with the hard metal of the thumbtack. In three sculptures of round fields of flowers, Tim Tate shares work that deceptively looks soft. The largest piece includes a glass lens with a blinking eye, which might imply voyeurism; however, it is about the LGBTQ community. As the artist states “it is a depiction of how we had to hide just a decade or two ago, but now we hide from no one.” Carved spheres of marble and sandstone in Allen’s “Divisions of Space” series look very touchable and soft. According to the artist, the works are about how relationships manifest and space unfolds. Lastly, Michael presents his signature reductive metal sculpture that muses on nature, science, and sensuality. These works stand alongside his very recently executed hand pulled prints, which capture his sculptural elements mid-process.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Thea Gregorius is an artist primarily focusing on works on paper. Her work emphasizes the translation and understanding of the subconscious mind, mapping out obsession and anxiety in an attempt to materialize the transient. She has exhibited internationally and is a recent recipient of the Manhattan Graphics Center Scholarship. Thea has been an artist-in-residence at the League Residency at Vyt, Vermont Studio Center, the PLAYA Fellowship Program and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. She holds a BFA from New York University and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Allen Linder has worked in the medium of direct stone carving for 35 years. Marble is his favored material, but he works in bronze as well. Linder has received several honors and awards and his work has been widely exhibited. He believes that his sculptures arise from a personal journey into the deeper connections he experiences. “The autobiography of my work is inseparable from the process which reveals it to me…to me, it is simply real.”
Michael Enn Sirvet was a structural engineer for over a decade before turning his full attention to art. He is a contemporary sculptor who works primarily in aluminum and hardwoods. His works are non-representational, and heavily inspired by natural forms and processes. His work is a synthesis of those natural forms, and the science and technology he embraced as an engineer, combined with a life-long obsession with juxtaposed negative and positive space and their resulting shadow-play. Michael is currently represented by galleries across the United States and in collections around the world.
Tim Tate is Co-Founder of the Washington Glass School and Studio. His sculptures hover between subjects of scientific curiosity, contemporary video imagery, relics, rituals, and dreams. Tim’s work is in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian's American Art Museum and the Mint Museum. He is the subject of several articles in American Style, American Craft, and Sculpture magazines, as well as the Washington Post and Times newspaper reviews. He was also the 2010 recipient of the $35,000 Virginia Groot Foundation award for sculpture.