Sculptor Walter Horak Joins West Branch Gallery

West Branch Gallery
Mar 25, 2015 5:31PM

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the addition of Rhode Island-based sculptor Walter Horak. Through public commissions and collections, Horak has made a significant contribution to the world of sculpture. Working in the millennia old tradition of cast bronze, Horak uses the human form to express a series of deep and complex emotions.

“I find compelling a notion advanced by art critic Donald Kuspit, who proposed that sculpture was ‘metaphor making in three dimensions,’” said Horak. “My intention is to extend the figurative tradition through metaphor: to compare human form to other aspects of experience and in so doing to express metaphysical ideas of balance, tension, and temporality.”

A number of pieces are currently on view at West Branch Gallery. Smaller versions of Horak’s “Gnostic” sculptures show pensive figures in stop-action. Fulcrum is a work in which two men balance in tandem as a third figure lifts them on his shoulders. And in front of the gallery, Ryland’s Wheel is a deeply personal work that shows a circle of bronze figures connected and in community with one another.

“We’re very pleased to have Walter’s sculpture here,” said West Branch Gallery partner Chris Curtis. “His figurative bronze sculptures bring an interesting interpretation of the human condition to the collection. We chose him over other representational sculptors because his figures are very real, both in the physical sense but perhaps even more in the emotional sense. To paraphrase the words of Robert Motherwell, Walter’s figures show us the world as felt.”

Walter Horak holds a BFA from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Horak’s work has been exhibited extensively in New England and across the U.S. He won First Prize in Sculpture in juried exhibitions at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts (1982, 1984 and 1986) and at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts (1988 and 1990). At the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island, Horak won First Prize in 3D in their 2008 annual juried show. Horak’s public commissions and collections include Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire; Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville; PepsiCo West in Irvine, California; and the Village Improvement Society of Dennis, Massachusetts. Walter Horak lives and works in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

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