MASTER METALSMITH: DAVID SECREST
SEP. 3 - DEC. 31, 2017
Gasparrini Galleries & Grounds
The 2017 Master Metalsmith is David Secrest, a sculptor and blacksmith well known for his incorporation of textures and patterns in forged iron, fabricated steel and bronze sculptures and furniture. Born in Rochester, NY, Secrest gained his appreciation of craftsmanship from his experience as a son of a potter and painter, as opposed to through a formal arts education. Moving to rural Montana after high school, Secrest built his home and studio in an isolated environment to experiment and problem solve away from the influence of other mainstream artists. Drawn predominantly to iron as a material, Secrest uses forging and casting processes to create his sculptures and benches that are featured in the exhibition. While Secrest’s works may seem to reference a multitude of historic cultural aesthetics, he prefers those references to be abstract. Labels are purposefully not provided in the gallery, giving viewers the opportunity for an authentic personal experience with the artwork, informed by their own reactions and emotional responses and not burdened by outside information.
Master Metalsmith: David Secrest
Essay by Jeffery Funk
Photography by Houston Cofield
Design by Carol Blumthal
Gallery Talk with David Secrest
Saturday, SEP. 23, 2017 5PM - 7PM
In the Studio with David Secrest
MAY 27, 2017
By Houston Cofield
"The pattern plates were developed to provide a pallet to draw from for subsequent work. Rather than producing material with several layers that are folded upon each other many times like 'Damascus,' I wanted to see what I could do with just two layers, one of steel, one of wrought iron, rolled together. Doing so allows the basic structural differences in the materials to stand in greater graphic relief."
- David Secrest