Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Geoffrey Gorman at the Jane Sauer Gallery

Canyon Road in Santa Fe is supposedly the world's densest collection of art. That just might be true. I was told it's a half-mile stretch of 100 galleries. One of the standout galleries is the Jane Sauer, which specializes in alternative media, including fibre. You can find it by looking for the purple doors and windows.

Perhaps the most intriguing artist represented at the Jane Sauer Gallery is Geoffrey Gorman. If you go to this link, you'll be able to see some of his work as well as some Youtube clips. Geoffrey spoke at the SAQA conference I attended last month. A former art dealer, he had a midlife epiphany at fifty, and decided he wanted to do something else with his life. He just wasn't sure what. Somehow he ended up making stick figures out of ... well, sticks... and, with an affable personality and a background in the business of art, he has made a good living for himself since.

Geoffrey Gorman, Mombin is Looking for her Sacred Mound

Now 58, he produces sculptures of animals from reeds, old bicycle tires, and odds and ends. He explained that he makes about 60 of these sculptures a year, and his "sweet spot" for pricing is about $3000 to $4000. Of course his galleries take half that. He is represented widely in the U.S. and much of his work is sold on the basis of a photograph. He can barely keep up with the demand.

Geoffrey Gorman, Sagita and Savii

His animals have unique personalities, and a talismanic quality. As Gorman said, "They're all alphas."

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