Call to the Post: Equine Art at Gallery West

Equine Art: Family Portraits

opens April 1 at 134 State Street as part of First Friday State Street Art Crawl, 6-8 p.m.

Gallery West is the starting gate for yet a third equine-centered event hosted in the area this spring. Aiken’s Spring Steeplechase was held last weekend, and the running of the Carolina Cup is April 2. At Gallery West, though, the horses are much more static, appear in multi art mediums, and even include some of their four legged relatives – a delightful donkey and an exotic zebra.

Gallerist extraordinaire Sara Cogswell entitled the visually exquisite jewel-of-a-show Equine Art: Family Portraits. This playful overview of the family of horses showcases works by seven revered artists with loyal followings

And, yes, while the work is static, there is great visual movement, as evidenced in “Rebel”, a metal equine sculpture by Glenn Saborosch. The Missouri native now imbues static objects with a fluid sense of motion from his studio in nearby Neeses – creative space he shares with his wife, the artist Lee Malerich.

“I am challenged to take a mostly solid and unmoving material and expressing the opposite with a figure that moves through space impressionistically.” In Saborosch’s capable hands, spatial relationships are solidified in poetic motion. “The nature of each piece demands that I consider not only the contour lines and shapes that define my figures, but the negative spaces that occur.” His welded metal horses, sculpted from steel strips and wire, frequently catch his equine figures in mid-leap.

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“Rebel” by Glenn Saborosch

Simultaneous to the Gallery West show, Saborosch and his work are being featured in the University Gallery at the University of South Carolina – Sumter. Something Old, Something Older: Homegrown Series remains on view through late April.

In this agricultural-themed series, Saborosch has worked with found steel and other upcycled materials such as old tractors or parts of broken down machines. He concerns himself with line and space, movement and stillness. Most of his sculpting time is invested in getting disjointed pieces to work together in harmony.

“In recent years, I have turned to rejected steel ‘parts’ of discarded machines to shed their function and show their character, forcing them to interact with other discarded parts, and posing inventive questions about their existence.  Any fleeting reference to something in the real world is quickly rejected.”

For the Gallery West show, Saborosch will share the artistic “post positions” with Columbia painter Stephen Chesley; Andrea Hennings (a native German now creating in Greensboro, NC; Janet Kozacheck, creating in Orangeburg, SC; Janet Oliver, creating in High Point, NC; Lynne Tanner, creating in Rutherfordton, NC, and Marie Stone van Vuuren, a Detroit native now creating in Greensboro, NC.

Equine Art: Family Portraits will remain on view through May 2016.



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