Wed 7/8 @ 6-8PM
Galleries are among the first arts-related businesses organization to open because, unlike events in theater or concert halls, controlling crowd size is feasible. SO even without packed opening receptions, lots of art is going on view.
HEDGE Gallery at 78th Street Studios recently opened Cleveland artist Matthew Gallagher’s Research and Development, running through Friday August 7. He’ll be doing an artist talk at the gallery Wednesday July 8. We’re guessing there may be a crowd limit so call the gallery!
Gallagher’s new body of work is inspired by the beauty of nature, which could be called escapist at this time — or essential. The 2D and 3D pieces are rooted in his responses to plant and animal life. He uses paint, ink, iron, bronze and encaustic wax, in various combinations, to create mixed media paintings and sculptures, based on his scientific experiments.
“The most beautiful, complex, and magical things I have ever seen were not created by humans, but by the interconnectedness of energy, matter, and the inherent organization of our universe — nature,” says Gallagher. “It is my mission to mix self-expression with the influence of natural forms. My processes provide another perspective on the astonishing beauty of the forces that surround us and are too often taken for granted.”
The gallery’s summer hours are Wednesday-Friday, 11am-6pm and weekends by appointment.