Opening reception: Saturday, September 8th, 6-8pm
September 8th - October 27th 15th, 2018
August 31st, 2017 (San Francisco, CA) — Eleanor Harwood Gallery is thrilled to present
Atmospheres and Environments, our sixth solo show with Paul Wackers. With every
show Paul's painting techniques become more varied and refined. One of the great
pleasures in viewing his work in person is the incredibly adept way he allows area of
chaos and experimentation to exist within a work while maintaining control with a variety
of masking technique and compositional choices. In particular the painting named
Atmospheres and Environments spans fourteen feet and shows Wackers at his best. A
lexicon of shapes reappear throughout his work.
In the largest work in the show “Atmospheres and Environments”, Paul knits together the
various vocabularies of different bodies of work into a beautiful fourteen foot painting.
While he has made works this large before it’s his first canvas that is divided into panels.
The theme that runs throughout the works in the show is the pleasure of possession we take in
gathering and collecting objects. Wackers’ more complex and large scale cabinet/bookcase
paintings fit into a long history of artists documenting the collection of objects. There is an
interesting body of work emerging in late 18th century Korea of Chaekgeori paintings. These
paintings depict the books and objects of an intellectual. While these are not direct influences in
Wackers’ work, the fascinating urge to collect and then to document the collection is a very
innate human drive. Artists have catalogs specimens with for science and for pleasure fro
centuries. Wackers’ works divert from Chaekgeori paintings and botanical and naturalist
illustrations with him frequently adding in objects that are abstract, and/or imaginary. For him the
paintings catalog sensations and memories as much as objects.
About the Artist
Paul Wackers was born New Haven, Connecticut in 1978. He received his MFA from
San Francisco Art Institute, and BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design in
Washington, D.C. Some of Paul’s solo exhibitions include Narwhal Projects (Toronto,
ON), Alice Gallery (Brussels, Belgium), Eleanor Harwood Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
and Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York, NY). Paul has also been in several group and
two-person shows, including exhibitions at New Image Art (Los Angeles, CA), Halsey
McKay (East Hampton, NY), Frosch and Portmann (New York, NY), and Headlands
Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA). His work is in the MIMA Museum (Brussels, BE) and
many prominent private and public collections, including Chevron Corporation, Fidelity
Investments and the Ellie Mae Corporate Collection. He also installed a large public
mural on the James Hotel in New York City.
He received the Tournesol Painting Prize in 2008 with an awarded residency at the Headlands
Center for the Arts (Marin County, CA), the NKDale Residency (Sunfjord, Norway), Encore
(Brussels, BE), and an artist residency at the Byrdcliffe Colony (Woodstock, NY), and the
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, (Portland, ME). Paul Wackers has been exhibiting with
Eleanor Harwood Gallery since 2006. He lives and works in New York City.
His works are included in the MIMA MUSEUM collection in Brussels, BE, and multiple
corporate collections including Chevron Corporation, Fidelity Investments, Wellington
Management, New York Presbyterian Hospitals, University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center, The West Collection, The Stanford University Medical Center Collection,
Ellie Mae Corporate Collection, Cambridge Associates, LLC, San Francisco, CA, Pivotal,
Washington, DC, Jacksonville MOCA (Florida), Capital Group, LA , Related Properties,
NYC. His works are also held in numerous private collections around the world.
About Eleanor Harwood Gallery
The Eleanor Harwood Gallery opened September 2006. The programming of the gallery
focuses on emerging to mid-career artists exhibiting nationally and internationally. The roster
includes artists that are represented in major American and European collections. The gallery
actively promotes and encourages career growth for represented artists.
1275 Minnesota Street, Suite 206
San Francisco, CA 94107
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