Wood­land Works

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In The Space of Trees, Gil­bert Gorski brings to­gether paint­ings cre­ated over the past two years, an as­sem­blage of works in­spired by the wooded ar­eas around his home in western Penn­syl­va­nia. The show opens at Prin­ci­ple Gallery in Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia, on Oc­to­ber 19.

Gallery di­rec­tor Clint Mansell notes, “Gil­bert Gorski uses a mix­ture of poin­til­list and tra­di­tional paint­ing tech­niques to con­struct his mes­mer­iz­ing land­scapes. See­ing them in per­son is the only way to ex­pe­ri­ence the depth, at­mos­phere and the ex­pan­sive vis­tas they de­pict.”

Though Gorski ac­cepts the poin­til­list la­bel, he says, “I’m more in­ter­ested in pix­e­la­tion. I’m re­ally in­ter­ested in how dig­i­tal im­ages are made of squares of color. I think I’m more of a pix­elist than a poin­til­list.”

Gorski is par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about a se­ries of elon­gated paint­ings, cre­ated in part as a chal­lenge for peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the works in per­son. He says, “Dig­i­tal re­pro­duc­tions fa­vor graphic im­ages with more squar­ish pro­por­tions.” In his sub­tle paint­ings, Gorski

em­ploys thou­sands of sculpted brush­strokes that tran­scend the two-di­men­sional sur­face.

“Paint­ings can be elec­tric,” he says. “His­tor­i­cally, pho­tog­ra­phy dis­placed paint­ing, but pho­tog­ra­phy has be­come so ac­ces­si­ble it is now com­mon­place. Paint­ings by con­trast re­main spe­cial be­cause they are sin­gu­lar works. They are com­mu­ni­ca­tions with the artist.” He re­calls see­ing a Rem­brandt in per­son, see­ing the artist’s fin­ger­prints and the bris­tles of his paint­brush em­bed­ded into the work, and feel­ing a con­nec­tion de­spite the cen­turies that sep­a­rated their lives. “That con­nec­tion is why I pur­sued paint­ing,” he says.

In Ele­ganza, fire­flies of light shim­mer across the can­vas, adding move­ment to the land­scape. It’s a scene that he’s in­ti­mately fa­mil­iar with. “There’s an old trail that fol­lows a creek near my home, and that’s one of my fa­vorite places for in­spi­ra­tion,” Gorski says. “I like the idea of paint­ing what I know well. There are in­ti­mate mo­ments, when the light is just right, or the sea­son com­ple­ments it just right. I look for the ex­tra­or­di­nary in the or­di­nary.”

The Space of Trees re­mains on view at Prin­ci­ple Gallery through Novem­ber 13.

1Gil­bert Gorski with Rem­brandt.2Sym­phon­ica, oil on linen, 16 x 72"1



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