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Henry Klimowicz: Method for Proceeding


Sep 21, 2019 to Nov 10, 2019
10:00 AM until 05:00 PM

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Method for Proceeding Henry Klimowicz September 21 - November 10 Opening Reception: Saturday, September 21, 5 – 7PM

Garrison Art Center is delighted to announce, Method for Proceeding, a solo sculpture installation by Henry Klimowicz. This will be Klimowicz’s first time showing in the Riverside Galleries of Garrison Art Center, and as our 2019 Visiting Artist, he will be filling both galleries with work, as well as conducting a hands-on workshop for children and adults on November 2. The exhibition will be on view through November 10. 

Method for Proceeding is an installation of works spanning twelve years and illustrates Klimowicz’s devotional, longtime commitment to creating exquisite nature-inspired sculptures using the most ordinary of materials--cardboard. Throughout the exhibition, one encounters forms that harken towards something familiar and recognizable while stopping short of literal interpretations. In Klimowicz’s hands, humble cardboard is cut, bent, folded, shaped and glued to arrive at works that appear to have grown out of themselves in full possession of their uniqueness and being, only to spur the creation of the next one.

As an installation, each sculpture functions as part of a larger interconnected universe while asserting their individual strengths to stand alone. Klimowicz sets the overall mood of the show by creating an intricate ‘lattice’ over each window that allows multiple beams of light to pass through and bathe the gallery in a diffused light reminiscent of stained glass windows and evoking a spiritual stillness. The wall sculptures, many of which appear as naturally occurring outgrowths of the wall, i.e. Liken Lichen, are also evidence of Klimowicz’s approach to the creative process in general; each work begins with a kernel and grows outward. Where it ends he won’t know until he gets there. He compares this approach of the sculpture growing outward to that of the wasp building its nest. His process is never far from our consciousness as observers, and yet, the works deftly celebrate and transcend materiality all at once. Henry Klimowicz says it best:

"Cardboard is simple and straightforward…It has an ever-present cultural bias related to its past uses as a container or its present use as waste. I love it when the material transcends its cultural confines. If I can make something beautiful from cardboard, I have then said that anything can be made valuable, fruitful, or hopeful. I see this work as very positive because of the lengths that have been traveled by the material from trash to beauty. It is a statement about the possible--that all things can be redeemed, often for more than what was deposited. Creativity can be that redeemer."

Henry Klimowicz lives and works in the Dutchess County village of Millerton, New York, where he has run The Re Institute for the last six years. The Re Institute is a non-profit gallery that works in tandem with his studio to provide a space for fellow artists to exhibit their work and exchange ideas. Klimowicz has exhibited extensively throughout the United States with large solo exhibitions at The Berkshire Museum and the University of Wisconsin.

Klimowicz received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, a BFA from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and studied at Skowhegan School of Art. He has been a colonist at Millay, Yaddo, McDowell, Ucross Foundation, and The Vermont Studio Center.

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center are open Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 5pm. For more information about exhibitions and other programs please visit our website or call 845.424.3960

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