Painted Constructions, 1952-1960
Buschlen Mowatt Fine Arts
Vancouver BC Jun 5-30, 2006
Sorel Etrog was born in Romania in 1933 and studied art in Tel Aviv during the 1950s. In what has been described as a rebellion against the tyranny of the frame, Etrog began constructing and painting wood reliefs. He had his first Canadian solo exhibition at Gallery Moos, Toronto in 1959 and became a Canadian citizen in 1966. During his 50-year career, he has also excelled at steel constructions, bronze sculpture and writing plays, poetry and non-fiction.
Sorel Etrog, Cello Sonata (1954-55), oil on shaped panel [Buschlen Mowatt Fine Arts, Vancouver BC, Jun 5-30]
This rare exhibit presents eight major sculptural pieces from the 1950s, as well as, small, delicate preliminary drawings on paper. The hard-edged, curvilinear relief forms are highlighted by small details reminiscent of hand-crafted musical instruments or mechanical components. They are painted with a mix of saturated and muted colours that appear stained into the wood.
Sorel Etrog, Bet-Gimel-Vav (1955), watercolour and ink on paper [Buschlen Mowatt Fine Arts, Vancouver BC, Jun 5-30]
Etrog currently lives and works in both Toronto and New York. Named a National Living Treasure and in 1994 made a member of the Order of Canada, he is Canadas senior living sculptor. His work has been collected by the Tate, London; Musée dArt Moderne, Paris; National Gallery of Canada; Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea. He is a contemporary of Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, John Cage and Marshall McLuhan, among others, with whom he has collaborated in the past.
Sorel Etrog, Composition (Harbour VI) (1955-56), oil on shaped panel [Buschlen Mowatt Fine Arts, Vancouver BC, Jun 5-30]