Jerry Wingren, who lives and works in the foothills west of Boulder, is one of Colorado’s premier contemporary sculptors and any chance to see his work is worth taking. In Black & White at Walker Fine Art, Wingren carries forward his classic reductive approach to carving, in which simple evocative shapes are assembled to create his sculptures and installations. Wingren’s influences, as revealed by the incredible stone disks pictured, include Japanese art, which is apparent, and Northwest Coast Indian art, which is even more obvious.
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Wingren has been paired with New York-based mixed-media artist Brenda Stumpf, who is new to the gallery. Her work couldn’t be more different from Wingren’s if she tried. Her sources include funk and arte povera and she uses insubstantial materials including fibers and pieces of junk she finds in the street, so she’s not interested in elegant forms like Wingren is.
Also on view at Walker is a group show in the back made up of artists in the gallery’s stable—a normal practice at this venue--including Miani Carnevale, Kim Ferrer and Penelope Sartori.
The whole thing gets underway tonight, Friday, May 30 with a reception set to run from 6 to 9 p.m. at Walker Fine Art, in the Prado Building at 11th Avenue and Cherokee Street—use entrance on the Cherokee side. For more information go to www.walkerfineart.com or call 303-395-8595. — Michael Paglia