As part of SPECTRUM’s commitment to promoting works by exceptional galleries and artists, we showcase a wide range of innovative works in our Spectrum Spotlight blog post series. This carefully curated collection of talent represents a small sample of the high caliber of exhibitors participating in our fall shows—October 3-6 in NYC’s Jacob Javits Center, and Dec. 4-8 in Midtown Miami.
Today’s SPECTRUM Spotlight shines on Gorden Huether—an award-winning, enormously successful artist based in Napa, CA. With a career that spans more than 25 years, Huether is known worldwide for his large-scale art installations, many of which are executed in the medium of glass. His works have won 60 major public art awards and he has completed more than 150 private commissions across the United States and in Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.
Beyond his large-scale, site-specific permanent installations, he is also very prolific in the creation of his fine art and has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Southern California, San Francisco and beyond.
Huether’s work is very diverse in theme and material, but there’s a powerful undercurrent throughout his oeuvre: a fascination with light. In the artist’s own words:
My most favored medium to work with and incorporate into my artworks is light in conjunction with the intent to contain it, to manipulate it or to reflect it.
To this end, Huether’s explorations lead him to experiment with repurposed metal (as with “Big Blue,” above), wood, found objects, acrylic, glass, resin, composite materials, paper, water and ambient light sources. The end result? Richly textured, emotive, intellectually stimulating works that have won great acclaim.
Here are a few more words from Huether regarding what drives his creativity:
A common thread in all of the art that I create is the reflection of what I am exposed to, how I process and understand the experience and how this this influences in a broader sense the storytelling, in one sort or another. Historical, geographical and cultural themes, themes of how nature manipulates materials and the reflective qualities of light are just a few examples.
Huether says his work is about communicating a story, not just creating objects of beauty. We think you’ll tend to agree. You can see more of Huether’s work at his website, gordonhuether.com, but we strongly encourage you to see it in person this fall at SPECTRUM Miami, Dec. 4-8 in Midtown Miami during Art Week Miami.