Artist Michael Gullberg Juxtaposes Trees, Wood, and the Human Form -- Opening at Future Studio, Highland Park, May 8
Trees have inspired legions of artists, from Anselm Keifer to Ansel Adams. But Michael Gullberg takes his inspiration in new directions, creating a forest of images in oil paint and graphite that are framed in intricate hand-hewn wood creations. The new works will be featured in Gullberg’s solo show, “The Air that I Breathe,” at Future Studio Gallery in Los Angeles.
· Saturday, May 8, 7 – 10 p.m. (Part of NELAart.com Second Saturday Gallery Night)
· May 16, 23, and 30 from noon to 4 p.m. The artist will be present during these hours.
· 5558 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042
“Trees are an endless fascination and inspiration for me,” says Gullberg. “It is the human characteristics of trees that draw me in.”
Indeed, Gullberg’s trees are meditative in their humanity, reflecting the artist’s spiritual connection to nature. These aren’t cliched wood nymphs and trolls, but rather sensual torsos and limbs that invite viewers to linger almost voyeuristically to absorb the implied forms and shapes. Gullberg tips his trees on their sides and inter-twines branches and roots. The stoic foliage so many take for granted becomes gratifyingly alive through Gullberg’s command of tools and mediums.