Art is Life and Life is Art
Jane Sauer, 2012
Geoffrey Gorman continues on his pilgrimage of bringing life to materials that might otherwise turn up in a garage sale at best or in the town dump at worse. Instead of the local art store, he finds his art supplies at the Habitat for Humanity Restore and as gifts left on the gallery steps from adoring fans. He brings together sticks, rusted screws and other metal scrap, washers, bicycle parts, bailing wire, discarded artist canvas and an array of other strange parts to build his own wilderness area streaming with curious animal life. All are based on Gorman’s knowledge and close spiritual connection with animals.
Some of the residents are “tricked out” with departed screw drivers, vintage keys, wooden balls and other imagined amulets. Some are decked out in jewelry made of strange shapes and unrecognizable parts, further suggesting what might be just ahead.
Gorman causes the viewer to question what exactly is considered jewelry and what constitutes a precious metal. The jewels in this case are rusted hardware tin washers.
As Gorman travels through life he finds inspiration from his various experiences. He absorbs everyday events of life and remasters them into notable reminders of how careless we are with the preciousness of being.
To followers of Gorman’s work, the materials and fresh ideas are not surprising. His mind is always moving full tilt. He is a voracious reader in a wide spectrum of subjects and loves to travel. Life is fed by unending curiosity and enthusiasm. All paths lead to the art he creates. For Gorman Art is Life and Life is Art.
August 17-September 11
Jane Sauer Gallery
June 2-October 12
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI