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Gunnar Theel

P.O. Box 521
New York, NY 10012, U.S.A.
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Phone: T/F: 212.226.5523
URL: http://www.gunnARTheel.net

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RIGHT ANGLES. A SERIES

THREE L-shaped units, each composed of two steel plates joined at right angles, lean against and into each other, and create an assemblage of angled planes and spaces articulated by light and shadow, and put in motion by the viewer drawn around the sculptures.

The sculptures are fabricated from 1 1/4" (3cm) thick steel plates, oxidized or painted, and from stainless steel. They are 9' to 12' high (280 to 380cm) and weigh up to 7 tons. A monumentality is inherent to all my sculptures, small and large.

THE NEREID sculptures are part of the Right Angles series. They are inspired by the marble Nereid statues and their "wind swept drapery" at The British Museum, London. The painted steel sculptures open towards natural light which, reflected from the sculptures' angled planes, diffuses the borders between the sculptures' exterior and interior surfaces.

THE STRUCTURE sculptures are inspired by architecture, in particular the house as vessel, container, body. Again, the angled planes diffuse the border between the exterior and interior surfaces, and the viewer drawn around the oxidized steel sculptures discovers openings like doors, windows, and solid walls.

MY ART is influenced by architecture. The right angle in the physical world, and its inherent sensations of equilibrium and quiet are my reference points as I work towards the finished sculpture by "simplification of design and refinement of proportions". (Mies van der Rohe).

 

COLLECTIONS
Grounds for Sculpture, NJ
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
JMOMA, Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville FL
Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, Mitchell Foundation, IL
James A. MIchener Art Museum, PA
Deutsche Bank A G
Esso A G
Broschek, Druck, Germany
McCann-Erickson Co.
Wessing Partners, Germany
Wichers Design, Germany
Private Collection, Germany
Mr. and Ms. Michael Handrick, France
Jack and Joan Goldman, IL
Mr. W. Kramarsky, NYC
Mr. and Mrs. A. Cortesi, NYC
Mr. and Mrs. W. Thompson, NYC
Mr. and Mrs. George McKinnis, Bronxville, NY
Craig Drill Capital, NYC
Shanghai Krupp Stainless, China
Hall Financial Group, Dallas TX
National Memorial Archives, Dept. of the Interior, Washington, DC

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS
2013 CAUSEY CONTEMPORARY gallery, Staten Island, NY, steel sculptures
2012 CAUSEY CONTEMPORARY gallery, Brooklyn, NY, steel sculptures
SCULPTURE NOW, invitational, outdoor sculpture, Lenox, MA
CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT / CHICAGO SCULPTURE INTERNATIONAL Outdoor Exhibition, Chicago, IL
THE MADISON MILE, invit. outdoor sculpture, The Hollycroft Foundation, Madison, CT
2011 ART CHICAGO, Chicago Sculpture International (CSI)
PRATT INSTITUTE for Art and Architecture Sculpture Park, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Collection JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM, "Skye Group 3", Doylestown, PA
NEW HOPE ARTS CENTER, invitational outdoor sculpture, New Hope, PA
THE MADISON MILE, invitational outdoor sculpture, The Hollycroft Foundation, Madison, CT
2009
Collection PRIVATE COLLECTION, "Right Angles #64 (Nereids) ", Bronxville, NY
NEW HOPE ARTS CENTER, invitational indoor sculpture, New Hope, PA
THE MADISON MILE, invit. outdoor sculpture, The Hollycroft Foundation, Madison, CT
2008
THE MADISON MILE, invitational, The Hollycroft Foundation, Madison, CT
NEW HOPE ARTS CENTER, invitational outdoor sculpture, New Hope, PA
SCULPTURE NOW, invitational outdoor sculpture, Lenox, MA
CEDARHURST Biennial Sculpture Competition, Mitchell Foundation, Mt. Vernon, IL
2007
Collection CEDARHURST PK. MITCHELL FOUNDATION, "Right Angles #36", Mt Vernon, IL
JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM, outdoor Installation, Doylestown, PA
PRINCETON DAY SCHOOL, invitational outdoor, Princeton, NJ
2006
GALERIE FREIRAUM, invitational, Hamburg, Germany
FLATFILE galleries, May-June, First Chicago Sculpture International Biennial, Chicago, IL
DIETZspace, early wall sculptures, steel, one-person show, NYC
2005
–2007 PRATT INSTITUTE for Art and Architecture Sculpture Park, "Right Angles #52", NYC
–2006 NEW HOPE ARTS, invitational 3 piece sculpture installation "Skye Group", New Hope, PA
SHANGHAI ART FAIR, Shanghai, China
2004
ANL SCULPTURESITE, "Dwelling", invitational group show, A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Collection JMOMA, Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville FL
SCULPTURE NOW, "Sculpture In & By the River", invitational, Norman Rockwell Museum, MA
ALP GALLERIES" Shanghai Dialogue Two", invitational group show, stainless steel sculptures, NYC
2003
SHANGHAI SPRING ART SALON,  stainless steel sculptures, invitational, China
SHANGHAI KRUPP STAINLESS, Installation "Right Angles # 53", Pudong, China
THE MADISON MILE, The Hollycroft Foundation, "Right Angles # 52", Madison, CT
2002
ALP GALLERIES, invitational group show, small steel sculptures, NYC
LOOKOUT SCULPTURE PARK, invitational small works, Damascus, PA
KRASL ART CENTER, St. Joseph MI, invitational, small sculptures
2001
Collection HALL FINANCIAL GROUP, "Right Angles #23", Frisco, TX
PIER WALK 2001 Chicago, IL, invitational. "Right Angles #52" outdoor, Curator A. Emmerich, NYC
CEDARHURST SCULPTURE PARK, Mitchell Foundation, Installation "Right Angles #36” , Mt. Vernon, IL
HARBOR WALK, invitational, The Hollycroft Foundation, West Haven CT

2000

PIER WALK 2000 Chicago, IL, invitational., "Right Angles #36" outdoor sculptures
PRATT INSTITUTE for Art and Architecture Sculpture Park, "Right Angles # 23", NYC
A NEW LEAF GALLERY, Berkeley CA, invitational, sculpture group show
WOODSON ART MUSEUM, Wausau, WI, “Nature/Nature“, Curator Brooke Barry, Grounds for Sculpture, NJ

1999
PIER WALK ’99 Chicago, IL, invitational, "Right Angles #23" outdoor, Curator B. Barrie, Grounds for Sculpture, NJ

1998

Collection CEDARHURST PK. MITCHELL FOUNDATION, "Bau 99 (1993-97), Mt Vernon IL
Collection GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE, "Nature's Laugh", Hamilton NJ
PIER WALK ’98, 3-D Chicago, Chicago, IL invitational, "Skye X" outdoor sculpture

1997
GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE, invitational, "Nature's Laugh", outdoor sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
PIER WALK ’97 3-D Chicago, IL invitational, "Bau 99 (1993-97)" outdoor sculpture

1996

ART/OMI, INVITATIONAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION, Omi, NY, group show, outdoor
SOUTHERN VERMONT ART CENTER, invit, outdoor sculpture "Ampersand", Manchester, VT

1995
KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART NY, "All-of-a-Piece", group show, Curator Robert Storr, MOMA, NYC
CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE AT CHESTERWOOD ’95, MA. Curator Dennis Anderson, Albany, NY
1994
Collection PRIVATE COLLECTION, Germany, “Domo”
FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM, MA, “INFLUENCED BY ARCHITECTURE: 10 ARTISTS", invitational, Curator D. Judelson
LOOKOUT SCULPTURE PARK DAMASCUS, PA, invit, "Nature's Laugh", outdoor sculpture
NY STATE EMPIRE FULTON FERRY PARK, Brooklyn, NY, "Domo", outdoor sculpture
1993
CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE AT CHESTERWOOD ’93, MA. Curator David Collens, Storm King, NY
YAMAMOTO-TARPIN GALLERY, NYC, one-person show, welded steel sculptures
1992
CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE AT CHESTERWOOD ’92, MA, Cur. Trevor Fairbrother, Boston, MA