Glynn Galloway – Las Vegas, NV
Glynn Gallowayis a self taught artist that has been described as an “oblique artist”; not parallel, not perpendicular, not outsider but definitely not mainstream. He creates unusual mixed-media, assemblage sculptures that are constructed primarily of antique objects he has collected from antique stores and markets from every region of the world. Glynn integrates these vintage items with wet-molded leather, stiffened fabrics and hammered metals to create extraordinary, free standing and wall mounted sculptures. His engaging fusion of period artifacts and new materials is achieved through the use of time-honored artisanal methods such as cuir bouilli and metalsmithing. The end results are distinctive sculptures imbued with an eccentric mix of the incomparable patina that nature has ingrained on the antique objects, the vibrant air brushed finishes he applies to his leather components and the stunning “flame painted” designs he sears into his copper elements.
ARTIST STATEMENT 2019
“If only there were a way to wear rust and verdigris as clothing! Nature has found the perfect formula to transform common, ordinary items into brilliant works of art with the color and texture that only prolonged exposure to the elements can achieve. How incredible it would be if you could wear the distress marks, cracks and other signs of disintegration like jewelry to enhance that remarkable ensemble! Personally, it is the bling and trinkets that draw your eye to look a little closer and appreciate the details of a well styled outfit.
“My creations are dressed in the attire of rust and decay, as if time and nature had embellished them in a colorful palette of unique and vibrant visual textures. They are collaborations with nature and the long forgotten craftsmen who created the exquisite lines and details of the antique components. They are also born in consort with the housewives, carpenters and laborers who used these items over the years and bestowed upon them the character of imperfection. My foremost intention is to enhance these elements with modern, repurposed materials and capture the beauty and spectral energy of those bygone times. In the process, I strive to create a coherent, meaningful work of art with unmistakable historical allusions outfitted in the apparel of contemporary twists!”