Richard Gubernick at Nina Freudenheim Gallery

Image courtesy of the gallery and artist


“Whimsy” is not a word generally used to describe high-end fine art, but here’s a case where it’s allowable. Richard Gubernick was first known as a hard-edge abstract painter in the seventies; later, he moved into more gestural painting and begin to work in other media, including sculpture. One of his large-scale painted aluminum works can be seen at the LaSalle Street Station of Buffalo’s Metro rail line. For some years, we have not seen new work by this longtime Buffalo State College fine arts professor (now retired), so the current show at Nina Freudenheim is very welcome.


And here’s where the whimsy comes in. With these new work, the artist has assembled various elements—many looking like found objects—and painted the completed constructions, which become wall sculptures. Unlike the abstract works of the past, these engaging, even humorous artworks allude to familiar forms, some human. They’re colorful and loaded with interesting texture. Even in digital reproductions (which was all we had at press time), the works look like they would reward intensive and repeated viewing. Like so many shows throughout Buffalo’s rich visual art scene, this is one not to miss.


Richard Gubernick: Wall Sculptures is on view at Nina Freudenheim, 140 North Street, through November 29. For further information, call 882-5777.


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