The selection of ceramic sculptures in this exhibition shows Gallagher’s interest in forms and the figure, and his gouged and scored surfaces reflect his focus on the expressive use of the ceramic medium. Pushing the limits of clay, Gallagher’s large forms are stacked vertically, the composition of heavy sections often precariously cantilevered:
“Gallagher’s sculpture seems to refer to archaeological specimens, but his intention is to discover fortuitous joinings of disparate configurations and their attendant emotional qualities. Usually, this involves the tensions generated from juxtapositions of edges, curves, and contours of massive geometric bodies.”—Alfred Jan
I think art is, first and foremost, personal expression. I think every person should attempt to address the problems of the world however they can. Artists have no more responsibility to do this than anyone else. I respond to the tension and difficulty in the world with the tension in my work. — Dennis Gallagher
He was a friend and colleague of ceramic artist, Viola Frey; they both taught at California College of Arts and Crafts and shared a studio in Oakland.
Dennis Gallagher was born in 1952, in San Bruno, California.
Dennis Gallagher: Balancing Act
Exhibition Dates: February 1 – March 21, 2020
Rena Bransten Gallery
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107