Phillip Estlund "Derelict Nature"

Gavlak Palm Beach

March 29 – May 18, 2013

Gavlak Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions of new sculptures and collages by Phillip Estlund and cut paper works by Bovey Lee. Both artists, from diverse cultural backgrounds, use vastly different media to address the dramatic impact of humans and industrialization on nature.

For his second solo exhibition with the gallery, Phillip Estlund (b. 1974, Athens, Greece) will present sculptures and assemblages made from the architectural ruins and detritus that remain after natural or man-made disasters. Based in South Florida, Estlund draws upon his first-hand experience of the devastation caused by hurricanes, explosions, and civilization encroaching upon the endangered species and delicate everglades environment. Structures such as homes jutting out of the wall are formal architectural models made from ordinary materials collected from demolition sites, such as old wood, blue tarps, aluminum slat window blinds and weathered appliance doors. These works, including an assemblage of an image from a vintage magazine of a man vacuuming, collaged within a large expanse of debris and mounted onto a found piece of rusted steel, work to suggest the physicality and fragility of humankind’s pursuits, but also our ability to rebuild. Phillip Estlund received a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore and this past February exhibited his work in a three-person exhibition “Work/Space” at ACME Los Angeles. He has participated in group exhibitions in New York at Cheim & Read, Eleven Rivington and Gagosian New York, as well as Fold Gallery and Shizaru, London. Estlund’s work is in the permanent collection of MOCA Miami.

For information on the exhibitions, please contact the gallery at 561.833.0583 or info@gavlakgallery.com