Bricks and stones intrigue sculptor Charles Gallagher. A self-described "hunter-gatherer," he seeks these materials and turns them into works of art.
Arts curator Mary Hart presents Gallagher's latest creations in "Bricks and Stones," a new exhibit of his sculptural art on display at the Greenwald Gallery, located inside the ALL Arts Gallery, 307 Market St., in downtown Lowell, from through July 1. The public is invited to an opening reception Saturday, June 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.
As a materialist, Gallagher's sculptures are constructed mostly from stone, brick and wood he finds on the streets of Lowell. He hunts and gathers as he goes on walks looking for material with which to construct his sculptures. His works take the shape of cairns. Some are trophy-like and some resemble funerary monuments.
"I use Stone Age methods and occasionally Iron Age utensils because I like the simplicity of it. I'm an anti-technologist," said Gallagher.
Partial to stacking materials in his creations, Gallagher is hugely influenced by the cubist works of Picasso and Braque.
Curator Hart said, "Charles' work is at the intersection between commonplace materials and the Zen moment of poise and balance. It invites contemplation and reverence for form and shape. This is also echoed in the careful composition of his select and wonderful paintings."
Gallagher has created stone work from Maine to western Massachusetts to New York, yet he rarely exhibits. He has several pieces in private collections and will be recreating some of his stacks for the exhibit at Greenwald Gallery. He currently works out of his home studio in Lowell.
Hart is a Lowell resident, an artist member of the Arts League of Lowell, aka ALL, the founder of Downtown Lowell First Thursdays, and an adjunct professor in the Art Department at Middlesex Community College.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com.
Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt @verizon.net.
REMEMBERING DEE DEE: At her family's request, The Brush Art Gallery and Studios will host a one-day exhibit and sale of Deirdre "Dee Dee" McCullough Grunwald's work Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Grunwald, a Brush artist for many years and a mentor and role model to many, passed away on Jan. 5 and is greatly missed by her colleagues, friends and those who loved her work. Her kindness is missed by all. Visit www.thebrush.org for info.
MORE BRUSH NEWS: The Brush will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the gallery, 256 Market St., Lowell. All are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. ... The Brush has issued a "calls for entry" to several upcoming exhibits. Friday, June 15, is the deadline to submit entry applications for "Quilts 2018: Something Boro'd Something Blue," its upcoming quilt exhibit influenced by the Japanese Boro traditions and techniques of layered and stitched patchwork. There are also "calls for entry" to "Art in the Vines," a photography and painting show hosted by the Zorvino Vineyards in July, and for the upcoming "Monuments, Memorials and Memories: Images of Lowell Cemetery III" exhibit being held Aug. 13-24. Visit www.thebrush.org and go to "Calls for Entry" page for info. ... The Brush also has artist studio space available for rent. Visit the website for info.
DOWNTOWN LOWELL FIRST THURSDAYS: Head to Middle, Market and Worthen streets this evening for Downtown Lowell First Thursday and its "Garden Party" theme. Highlights of the event, which runs 5-9 p.m., include a Garden Party tea at the Whistler House on Worthen Street, plein air painting at the ALL Gallery on Market Street, and an opening reception for Jeffrey Lipsky's new show at Ayer Lofts Gallery on Middle Street. Visit Downtown Lowell First Thursdays' Facebook page for a full schedule.