May 4, 2011 – May 29, 2011
Preview Reception: May 4, 5-8 pm
First Thursday Reception, May 5, 6-9pm
Artist’s Talk, May 21, 11am
Showing in May, Waterstone presents Greg Wilbur’s new metal vessels and sculptures, May 4-29. Greg Wilbur’s work is about hammering form and line from single flat sheets of metal–an art form that is seldom practiced. In English, the art form is called ‘raising’.
He was introduced to the form in 1975 and has since made a life-time commitment to mastering it. Being a serious baseball player, the transition from throwing to hammering came quickly. His sense of form and design is intuitive.
This is Greg’s first solo show with Waterstone Gallery as a gallery member. It represents one year of work. Greg writes that all he “has learned about the raised form and its presentation is represented in this showing”.
Greg Wilbur is a well-known Portland-based metalsmith and sculptor who skillfully transforms flat sheets of copper, brass, bronze and silver into extraordinary handmade vessels that all begin with a single sheet of metal. The forms are inspired by the natural world that surrounds him. The studio process of angle raising, sinking and stretching is physically demanding, requiring hundreds (or thousands) of repeated blows to complete each piece. His work is shown nationally and internationally. He often participates in collaborative workshops and conferences, always bringing his energy and enthusiasm to the experience. Greg has been featured on Oregon Art Beat and in the Oregonian as well as other publications.