Patina Gallery Calendar Announcement
Who: Gary Griffin, Honoring a Master
What: Exhibition of furniture, models and sketches
Where: Patina Gallery 131 W Palace Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87501
When: July 19 – August 11, 2013 Artist Reception Friday, July 19 5 – 7:30 pm
Patina Gallery honors Gary Griffin, Society of North American Goldsmiths 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, with an exhibition of furniture, models and sketches representing his forty year career. A master craftsman, teacher, writer and critic, his varied contributions to craft and the metal arts in America are significant.
It might be said that Gary Griffin has dedicated his life work to service. All his works are designed for utility. This is a philosophical preference established early in his career when the debate about the relationship between fine art and fine craft was at its height. His projects have included light fixtures, doors, hardware, furniture, fireplace screens and tools, gates and fences. While sculptural in nature, his pieces rarely foray purely into the realm of the purely decorative.
Griffin’s projects are rendered in a variety of metals and methods. Everything is fair game. Steel, iron, bronze and wood are treated with techniques as ancient as forging to the latest in laser technology. He embraces, and then masters, all of it.
Most of Griffin’s works have been privately commissioned though examples do reside in public collections including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Detroit Zoo, New Mexico State University and Temple University. The most public of all may be the now-famous entry gates for the Lone Pine entrance to Michigan’s esteemed Cranbrook Educational Community and Academy of Art. His gates are is in lofty company; the legendary architect Eero Saarinen created the others.
Gary Griffin recently retired to El Rito, New Mexico after more than 32 years of post-graduate teaching as Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy. He continues to work, create and reflect from his El Rito home.
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Art Daily, Wednesday, April 10, 2013