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If you happen to be local and have extra packing peanuts around that you want to recycle, think of us. Any day of the week, drop off your unwanted clean packing peanuts to us at 162 Main St. We are open 7 days, Monday through Saturday from 10AM – 6PM, and Sundays 11AM – 6PM.

Peter Gourfain

Now through June 7, 2015

Hudson Beach Glass Beacon, 162 Main St., Beacon, NY

Artist Talk

Second Saturday, May 9 at 6:30PM

Peter Gourfain

Hudson Beach Glass is proud to host this exciting show, and to offer an opportunity to hear Peter Gourfain discuss his fascinating life and work.

Unlike the minimalist art from which he distanced himself in the 1970's, Gourfain's work is full of the messiness and conflict of contemporary life, not a thing apart. Concerns about misuse of political power, threats to the environment and the destruction of native peoples has infused his work for decades. His passion for social justice began early in life, when a cross was burned on his parents lawn for hosting a black family. Echoing events that have pricked our conscience recently, one of his early works is a carved wooden yoke, dedicated to the memory of Michael Stewart, a young man murdered by the authorities in the late 80's. He has said, "It's a contest: life may be an expression of opposing forces that are always engaged." This is also true of Peter's work, which addresses hard truths while also exuding beauty and the sheer delight of its making.

In the Romanesque style of carving onto tools and objects, Gourfain depicts images derived from literature, medieval art, contemporary political upheavals, plants and animals, human joy and suffering. A lover of language, many works spring from lines and images from literature - Joyce's Ullyses appears frequently - and a playful exploration of palindromes (a favorite: Satan Ocsillate My Metallic Sonatas), Latin phrases, poetry, American Sign Language and even an invented alphabet.

Beyond the richness of his subject matter, the level of craftsmanship in Gourfain's work is staggering. He repurposes wood from dollies, boxes, yokes, and levels, incorporating the wear and tear of their previous use in the spirit of kintsugi which values those imperfections, into the finished piece. He is extraordinarily prolific, but has also devoted years to works such as his opus, Roundabout (1974-1981), a soaring tower of yellow pine and terracotta. His skills run the gamut from woodblock and linoleum prints, paintings and drawings, to public sculptures, bronze relief and pottery. Gourfain's work exudes the love of labor, and what Lucy Lippard called his spirit of "cantankerous generosity".

Born in Chicago in 1934, Gourfain received a B.F.A. from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1956. He moved to New York in 1961, where he wrestled with the demands of the "art world" and his own imperatives as an artist. He has managed to have great success in both realms. His work has been exhibited in several major institutions, including MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, Corcoran Museum of Art and The Jewish Museum. He lives and works in Brooklyn, and has eschewed the tendency to separate high art from craft. Similarly, rather than teach at an art school, he taught painting and ceramics for many years to senior citizens. He has created his own path in life as well as his art, and we are delighted to have him in Beacon.

Many thanks to City Councilman-at-large George Mansfield, for facilitating this exhibition. Gourfain's linoleum-cut prints, "Finnegan's Wake, The Song" are simultaneously on view at Dogwood Bar & Restaurant.

Signed copies of Peter Gourfain: Clay, Wood, Bronze, and Works on Paper (Essay by Lucy Lippard & Interview with the artist Russell Panczenko) are available at the gallery.

Peter Gourfain

Second Saturday

June 13, 2015

One of the most talked about new destinations in the State of New York, Beacon has established itself as one of the great arts communities of the Hudson Valley. 60 miles north of Manhattan, Beacon has been described by The New York Times as The Hudson Valley's most promising hot spot for contemporary art.

Second Saturday Beacon is a city-wide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month when galleries and shops stay open until 9pm. Gallery openings, music are just some of the ongoing events.

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