May I ask how you found our online community and if you have any connections to Fresno?
Thank you for sharing your wonderful perspective, especially on public art. It's a personal mission of mine to have public art…"
Art in public spaces has long been a passion of mine. Creating large-scale art integrated into architecture or landscape for a broad audience has been my primary focus for over 25 years.
My work has been integrated into architecture and landscape for projects throughout the world. Over the course of my career I have won more than 50 public art awards and completed more than 150 private commissions. Projects have included airports, transportation centers, parking garages, hotels, museums, civic buildings, recreation centers, private corporations, hospitals, private residences and gateway projects.
I believe that art, especially public art, should engage the viewer while communicating something relevant to the community – creating a connection between the person and the place. To apply this philosophy to my work, I focus on content that tells a story, either directly, or inferred.
My approach to public art is threefold: First, I strive to create a dialogue between the art and architecture by working to understand the aesthetic established by the architecture and landscape of the site. Second, I consider how the space is used and who uses it. How will daily users of the building art relate to the art? Should the art be contemplative? Challenging? Entertaining? Educational? Lastly, I ask myself what I can bring to the project that will breathe life and spirit into the installation.
I try to make the emotions and thoughts that the concept evokes in me tangible to others through the use of the various materials I have incorporated into my palette. Over the past 25 years, I’ve worked with glass on a large scale, integrated into curtain wall systems, suspended glass sculptures, railings and doors. I also have extensive experience working with salvaged materials, bronze, aluminum, steel, water, and fiber optics. My choice of materials is guided by what best serves the goal of the project.
All of the work I design requires little or no maintenance and is fabricated in-house, by my team at Gordon Huether Studio, which is internationally recognized for our innovative, creative and highly professional craftsmanship.
Sculpture, Architecturally Integrated, Glass, Metal and Salvaged materials
The Kingsburg Art Center Gallery is now taking applications for the 2011 year. The Gallery is located in Downtown Kingsburg in the Village Center Mall (1332 Draper St, Kingsburg, CA 93631). It is open for business Tuesday -- Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Members are required to sit the Gallery one day each month and the fee is only $20.00/year. If you would like to see photos, I have them. For more information, contact Merle Kleinhammer at 896-3544 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I joined last year and have been pleased with the results. Gail