FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vic Zuniga & Tom Bill
March 10, 2005 - April 30, 2005
Reception: Saturday, March 12, 6 to 9 p.m.
Contemporary Fine Art
In the Arts Colony, 300 S. Thomas St., Pomona, CA 91766
909-397-0218, fax 909-397-0218
Web site: <http://www.57underground.com>
Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday 12-4 pm
Left image: Vic Zuniga "Wrestler #20"
Right image: Tom Bill "Hikoka"
My most recent work in sculpture is fabricating forms in copper and aluminum. The pieces are assembled by riveting the forms together. My interest in ancient Japanese armor has influenced the shapes and construction of my sculpture. The play of light on the varied textural surfaces creates subtle patterns within the sculpture pieces. The cast bronze pieces are more organic and somewhat figurative in their gestured forms. They are often combined with welded pieces as well. I enjoy the improvisation of forms which the varied materials and techniques provide.
My current work features “wrestlers” based on the photographic studies of Eadward Muybridge the noted 19th century English photographer of animals and the human figure in motion. I was inspired by the fantastic combination of the figures. The wonderful expressive nature of the gestures began a series of some twenty plus paintings which are improvisational in form and movement. Like in “jazz,” I have danced around the figures (wrestlers) while still adhering to their game. The results are a myriad of approaches that progress from simple forms to very abstract forms. Throughout the paintings, I have attempted to incorporate the initial brushwork with the final washes and brushstrokes so that the entire production of the painting is present and evident.