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November 2009

MIKE RIEGEL
TAR SERIES
Steel, Tar Sculpture

AGELIO BATLE
GRAPHITE
Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture

PREVIEW RECEPTION
Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 5-8 pm

SECOND SATURDAY RECEPTION
November 14, 2009 from 6-9 pm

SHOW DATES
November 14 - December 5, 2009

GALLERY HOURS
Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm
And by appointment

SECOND SATURDAY WEEK ONLY
Friday 12-5pm


MIKE RIEGEL

Tar Series

The recent series of sculpture, the "tar series", is a departure in use of material and function. The past three years I have been making figurative work in concrete and steel. Concrete by nature is heavy. Weight dictates how a sculpture will function, how it will stand, how it will be balanced. The method of construction in the tar series has eliminated the weight factor, letting the work function in a different way. The concrete sculpture needed heavy bases to counterweight the upper torso of the figure. The tar sculpture functions without a base, free standing and in opposition to gravity. In some cases the figures are bottom weighted with only two points of contact with the floor. Gravity is always in opposition to freestanding sculpture.The application of hardware cloth over a steel framework forms a textural lineal pattern that references basketry. The tar skin accentuates the subtlety of the form and gives the work a semitransparent shell. The shell reminds me of the body shell shed by certain insects, beautiful and compelling but eerie at the same time.



Torso
62 x 16 x 14 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Trunk
77 x 24 x 24 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

You and Me
73 x 30 x 36 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Disjoined
22 x 14 x 8 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

G-Slick
21 x 26 x 8 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Skull
79 x 40 x 41 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Surreptitious
17 x 23 x 10 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Penance
69 x 30 x 21 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Everydayman
67 x 51 x 26 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Inconspicuous Self
84 x 16 x 18 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Looking Left
18 x 22 x 9 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Catharsis
80 x 28 x 43 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Cats Cradle
69 x 23 x 14 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Anomaly
80 x 16 x 12 inches
Steel and Tar
2009

Bouffant
24 x 10 x 12 inches
Steel and Tar
2009


AGELIO BATLE

Graphite

Agelio Batle works with carbonaceous graphite, the mineral remains of prehistoric life. Combining ancient materials and new technologies, he developed a (proprietary) method to suspend graphite in a matrix hat allows him to work with it in both solid and liquid forms. The artist has acute knowledge of the physical structure of his materials; he has a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's in Fine Arts. Whereas the paintings are consistent with the flat crystalline structure of carbon that forms graphite, the arrangement in the sculptures are similar to the carbon structure that forms Diamonds, An intricate network of interconnected polygons gives shape to his metal sculpture, a series "Untitled Heads".



Prayer Shadow
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Bird Shadow
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Untitled
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Tree Back
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Cloak
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Cloud Ear
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Cloud Man
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Cloud
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Leak
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Man on Stump
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Prayer Black Drops
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Friends
Suspended Graphite on Paper

Big Head
Suspended Graphite on Paper
47 x 60 inches