Exhibition Dates: January 8th – February 19th, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 8th, 6 – 8 pm
Location: Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999; www.arthurrogergallery.com
The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent glass sculpture by internationally known artist Gene Koss. Included in the exhibition will be Koss’ monumental work, “Line Fence,” a 25-foot-long glass and stainless steel sculpture and several smaller mixed media works. The exhibition will be on view from January 8th – February 19th, 2011 at the Arthur Roger Gallery, located at 432 Julia Street. The gallery will host an opening reception to meet the artist on Saturday, January 8th, from 6 to 8 pm.
Gene Koss’ Line Fence, is inspired by a particular site in the Wisconsin landscape and is infused with the powerful stillness and cold, stark beauty Koss experienced there while visiting in the dead of winter. His work is also influenced by outdoor sites around the United States and the world and in various found objects he comes across. Koss states, “I travel as much as possible. I can look at a space and visualize a sculpture there, and I can look at the found object and envision it as part of a large sculpture with glass.”
Koss grew up in rural Wisconsin and left in 1974 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. The artist then earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. Developing a new glass facility and program for Tulane University brought him to New Orleans in 1976. Since that time he has been greatly involved in the development of the city’s glass artistry as head of the glass department at Tulane University.
Koss currently has a two-year exhibition, “Gene Koss: Outdoor Sculpture” at the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach, featuring one of his large scale sculptures, Bridge, and two mixed media sculptures. His sculpture, Amish, is currently with the “Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art”, a two-year tour of museums throughout Southeastern United States. His work has been exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana, and the Sculpture Center in New York City. His work is in many prominent collections including the Pan American Life Collection and the Corning Museum of Art in New York.
For additional information please contact the Arthur Roger Gallery at 504.522.1999 or visit our Web site www.arthurrogergallery.com