continues to be dedicated to showing work by contemporary artists who have been inspired by nature. Bryan Nash Gill’s obvious love for the trees and forests of his native Connecticut is apparent in his compelling prints and sculptures. Artwork that resonates with respect and appreciation for nature and the environment shares the message that observing and interacting with the natural world is not only important, but aesthetically rewarding.” Megan Carey, editor at Princeton Architectural Press, visited Gill at his studio and shared her enthusiasm with colleagues when she pitched her ideas for Woodcut, the first book on the work of Bryan Nash Gill. Carey stated, “I discovered Bryan on an obscure (and now defunct) architecture blog. It was rather serendipitous. As I was scrolling through entries, the blog updated, and a post on Bryan appeared at the top. I was immediately drawn to the work—the simplicity of printing the tree crosscuts and the magnificent results. I contacted Bryan through his website, and just a couple of weeks later I was getting a grand tour of his Connecticut studio. Bryan and I pulled together several of his woodcuts to present to my colleagues. Everyone shared my enthusiasm and now a year later, we have a beautiful book.” For an exhibition at Fairfield Arts Center in 2007 titled, From The Woods, Assemblages, Woodcuts and Paintings, Gill created the impression of a stack of wood on the back of the
With incredible detail, we can see the occasional spike that was driven into the tree, and insect damage alongside other imperfections that have affected the tree’s growth. wall of the gallery that he created by individually impressing each log onto the sheet of paper. At Esopus Space, Gill will exhibit in woodcut, what the floor of the gallery looks like by spreading impressions of the gallery floor across the walls of the gallery. His intention is to memorialize the physical space through its wood flooring made of Oriented Strand Board (OSB). The unique texture of OSB presents a collage of different wood chips that is interesting in itself for its patterning. He is as interested in recreat-
ing space as he is with the printed textures of his materials. Gill earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University in 1984 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland four years later. He has received two Connecticut Individual Artist Grants, is a California Arts Council Fellow, and in 2005 he received the Artist Resource Trust grant, from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Gill has shown his sculpture, drawings and installations at many exhibitions and galleries across the United States, including two solo shows at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is still receiving accolades for his installation at the American Pavilion for the World’s Fair in Aichi, Japan, in 2005. He is represented in many corporate and private collections worldwide. Gill is currently preparing for his first solo exhibition at Tina Goodwin Fine Art in Denver, Colorado.
Published on Jul 1, 2012
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