Historically art has served as a medium to capture and provide commentary on societal issues and current events. In today’s complicated world we are in a constant struggle to better cope with life’s challenges. Achieving balance is foremost in our daily quest to survive, and ideally, thrive and be happy. In this exhibition, Blood, Stone & Mirrors, Thielscher examines the tension in our personal lives as we struggle to maintain balance. When balance is achieved through perfect tension of opposing forces, a certain harmony and beauty transpires.
Everyone and everything has a story. Thielscher is no exception. “With every piece that I make I am sharing something that is important to me. I love the challenge of trying to tell a story or convey an idea with a single static object”, explains Thielscher. In this new body of work, the artist investigates the interplay of new materials; neon, wood, bronze and resin, along with stone, his primary medium.
We are all made up of DNA, the building blocks of life. Existension plays with this reality and epitomizes the theme of this exhibition. In this piece, out of a single piece of Carrara marble Thielscher has carved blocks precariously balanced upon one another. These blocks are a metaphor for how each of our unique lives is built, either through our intentions and decisions, or simply through serendipity or bad luck. The blocks are held together in an ephemeral way by a ribbon representing how fragile and precarious is the life that we have built. The perfect balance and tension has been attained, if only for the moment.
Doug Thielscher: Blood, Stone & Mirrors
Works on View: May 5 – June 5, 2016
The McLoughlin Gallery
49 Geary, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94104