From October 5 through November 6, 2012.
Waltman Ortega Fine Art is showing “Graphic Nature”, a solo exhibition by critically acclaimed sculptor, Joe Segal. The show is comprised of wooden wall sculptures in a variety of sizes and finishes, all of which present a captivating observation on the passage of time. The title of the exhibition is a reference to the artist’s use of simple and vivid compositions combined with a reverence for the medium with which he works.
The basis of Segal’s work lays in the relationship between raw material and his actions towards it. Using mainly reclaimed wood, the sculptor strives to unite our innate need for order with the illusive nature of our environment. Burning, stacking, scraping and rusting are some of the methods used to reiterate the form’s passage through time.
“I work with lumber as a starting point to create my sculptures because I think of this processed natural material as a metaphor for our relationship with the environment,” Segal said. “Salvaged wood has a particularly interesting history. The trees that were cut down to produce some of the timbers I use started growing hundreds of years ago. The buildings made from these beams stood for many years then were demolished. The wood was recovered and then finally used to make sculpture.”
Segal’s work has been exhibited at many venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, The University of North Florida, The Cummer Museum of Art, The Atlantic Center for the Arts and The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. He has been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and received numerous “Fostering Vitality in the Arts” Grants from the Jacksonville Community Foundation.
His sculptures can be found in the permanent collections of the Bass Museum in Miami, the Lowe Museum in Coral Gables and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville.
Waltman Ortega Fine Art
2233 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127