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D AV I D B O R G E R D I N G r e c e p t i o n f e b r u a r y 5 th 6 – 9 p m


RECENT SCULPTURE Expansion, uplift, and a sense of freedom characterize David Borgerding’s rhapsodic sculptures in bronze and stainless steel. His exhibition at Gallery Bienvenu presents works across a spectrum of scales, the pieces’ jubilant contours encompassing polarities of visual dissonance that ultimately resolve into harmony. The sculptures are fabricated and forged of bronze and stainless steel sheet, “hollow formedâ€? into individual shapes, and combined together to create the whole. Surfaces are textured by hand, then receive a unique patina and coat of wax, imparting rich and varied chromatic personalities. A recipient of a career opportunity grant from the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation, Borgerding built upon a background in painting, metalwork, and design, earning a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art & Design. His works have been exhibited nationally and appear in noted private, corporate, and institutional collections. Within the artist’s instantly recognizable style, a dialogue between bulbous, voluminous forms and spindly connectors— which he relates to the proportions of “the body and the appendageâ€?—recalls the works of historic artists such as Joan 0LUy DQG $OH[DQGHU &DOGHU &RQWHPSRUDU\ LQĂ XHQFHV LQFOXGH VFXOSWRUV 0DUWLQ 3XU\HDU 5LFKDUG +XQW DQG %UXFH %HDVOH\ :KLOH %RUJHUGLQJ¡V ZRUNV VXJJHVW D YDULHW\ RI UHSUHVHQWDWLRQDO LQWHUSUHWDWLRQV WKH DUWLVW GUDZV LQVSLUDWLRQ QRW IURP VSHFLĂ€F referents in the natural world, but from absorbed information that may be subliminal or mysterious. This inspiration results in intuitive sketches, often in the lineage of Surrealist automatic drawing.

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H[KLELWLRQ GDWHV IHEUXDU\ th -­ march 25th, 2011 reception: february 5th 6–9 pm )URQW &RYHU Petu, bronze, 27" x 77" x 14", 2010

Richard Speer


Nokni, bronze, 43" x 24" x 12", 2010


Adawa, stainless steel, 41" x 18" x 5", 2010


Supo, stainless steel, 13" x 42" x 8", 2010


Aelu, bronze, 32" x 14" x 3", 2010


Sivo, bronze, 64” x 16” x 12”, 2010


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Petu (detail) ARTWORK © DAVID BORGERDING 2010 CATALOG © GALLERY BIENVENU 2011 3+272*5$3+< 0,.( 60,7+

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