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GORDON WAGNER (1915 - 1987)
September 17 to October 28, 2000

7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5523, fax (323) 933-7618
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The assemblages of Gordon Wagner share a sense of serendipity with the romantic and sentimental nature of memory. These elements shape and guide his sculpture, piecing together and assembling objects that make up Wagner's art.

Wagner was born in Redondo Beach. He spent much of his childhood beachcombing and wandering among the penny arcades of the Pier, dazzled by the carnival atmosphere of deteriorating beach cities, ports and boardwalks. Though educated as an engineer, Wagner began to paint. Creating art soon replaced all other thoughts. Early in the 1950s, he found 'imperatives' emerging from his piles of found items that crowded out his time at the easel. Untitled 1950, a slender object of corroded metal, influenced his subsequent years of discovery; he tapped into the subconscious, even the sentimental.

By the 1980s, boxed tableau were dominating his expressions. The fantasy of Fatamorgana is one of the most lyrical and egg, floats in an expanse of blue sky; but reflected in the mirrored back... is the reverse side of the egg - revealing an image of the magician!

Wagner inventively draws upon elements of surrealism and abstract expressionism. He fuses the wit and absurdity of the Dadaists into constructions laden with nostalgia and myth. 'Audacious, touching, surprising, punny, beautiful, inspiring, humorous' - are a few more terms with which Gordon Wagner's art is described.

We invite you to create your own.

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