For the month of November, Wally Workman Gallery will host a solo show in their downstairs gallery for artist Will Klemm, who is well known locally as well as nationally for his ethereal and light-focused landscapes. In the upstairs galleries, work from their other 50 emerging and established artists will be on display- creating a welcoming environment where artists and collectors come together.
Wally Workman Gallery hosts a solo show with Austin painter Will Klemm, well known locally as well as nationally for his ethereal and light-focused landscapes. Of his work, Klemm says "My intention is to communicate something abstract and interior, while still referencing our everyday lives. Thus, a lone farmhouse in a field might be a metaphor for solitude, or a cloud could stand in for transience and change. But at the same time, I share with most realists a fascination with the ordinary appearance or things; their weight, texture, and tactility. These two competing impulses, the poetic and the literal, are the poles around which my work continues to orbit." This show includes grids of nine such paintings, introducing an element of storytelling new to Klemm's work. The small paintings began as individual experiments, exploring technique, subject matter and composition. As the works literally stacked up in Klemm's studio, he noticed a conversation between them and began to combine and recombine them into grids to create a visual dialogue. When he ended up with nine grids, Klemm recalled J.D. Salinger's 1953 collection of short fiction called "Nine Stories," and this is how the show got its name.
Established in 1980 and located in a 100 year old historic house in Austin's art district, the Wally Workman Gallery specializes in emerging and collected talent. The gallery represents over 50 artists from across the country.