Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present our second exhibition of 2012 with new sculpture by artists Joe Thurston and Martin Kersels. These exhibitions will run February 2 - March 31, 2012, with two First Thursday receptions, on February 2nd and March 1st from 6 to 8pm.
With a background in portraiture as well as gestural abstraction, Joe Thurston has developed a strong reputation as one of the area’s most versatile painters. Thurston exhibits regularly throughout the Northwest and California, and is included in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Thurston’s latest work is sculptural, taking the form of monolithic containers with intensely rugged and highly complex surfaces. The harshly weathered surfaces and rectangular forms in Thurston’s new work make bold reference to modern abstraction and minimalism. Thurston’s second solo show at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Nothing Leading Anywhere Any More Except to Nothing, continues his exploration of space, existence and personal history.
In this body of work, Thurston has left the two-dimensional behind and reconstructed his artwork as freestanding geometric sculptures. The containers explore broad topics such as time and materialism, while also investigating intimate subjects that deal with attachment, detachment, and privacy. Thurston’s new sculptures use common place materials to raise questions about nostalgia and the value of personal artifacts. Very much a multi-layered process, the containers in Thurston’s new show have the capability to retain the viewer’s attention long after first glance.