Illusionary Worlds of Wilfried Grootens
Tuesday, January 14 • 5:00pm–7:30pm
German artist Wilfried Grootens’ first United States solo exhibition, “The Illusionary Worlds of Wilfried Grootens,” will be held at Montague Gallery, 445A Sutter Street in San Francisco, from January 14th – February 29th. The show will feature Grootens’ glass sculpture as well as his most recent three-dimensional glass paintings. While Grootens has exhibited frequently in the North America and Europe, this will be his first solo show here.
Glass painting is a traditional art form going back nearly a thousand years, but unlike traditional flat glass paintings, Grootens’ work is three dimensional. Manifesting color and reflecting it, his work catches light in layers of paint, glass and pure color from every direction. They are at once both depth and surface, figure and ground, solid and floating, form and transparency. One looks through them as well as at them, and their kaleidoscopic effect asks the viewer to appreciate the object in all its facets.
Grootens has been described as “a glass painter.” While this description is technically correct, it hardly does justice to his visual virtuosity. Grootens received his master craftsmen’s diploma in 1988 and opened his first studio in Kleve the following year. He is widely traveled and has shown his work in Europe and North America and can be found in many collections in both geographies. He has also been a musician, and one can easily see that quality in the lyrical, gently moving character of his work.
An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, January 14th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm at the gallery. The reception is open to the public and the artist will be present.
Grootens, Small Cosmic Efflorescence, 2017, 12x12x19.75, Painted, Laminated, Polished Glass Low Res, edited
445A Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108