Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 11:00a -
Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 5:00p
Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
Art, Date Idea, Lectures & Conferences, Meetup, Performing Arts
In his solo exhibition Sailing to the Edge, Zimmermann explores translucent materials in his sculpture, embracing their subtle ability to filter light and images. His interest in re-using and recycling materials led him to arrive at used, weathered sails as a primary material. While sailing with his brother Barney in Narragansett Bay, Zimmermann became intrigued with the various types of fabric, with different optical qualities, that are used to make sails for the boats. Mylar and Dacron can be translucent and nearly transparent, allowing sailors to see the sky above, and boats and other obstacles in the water, where their view would be largely blocked by traditional opaque cloth sails.
Anchoring the show, the eponymous installation is comprised of twelve sections of sail and metal sculpture. The large, maze-like construction invites viewers to enter, explore, and become enveloped by jagged peaks and valleys, and shimmering light. Against one wall, a smaller installation, Too Close, is a relief sculpture. An arrangement of three full-size sails is encased in translucent panels, folded and unfurling against a murky silver sky.
Incorporating actual sails into his work sparked a connection with the long tradition in myth and poetry of sailboats carrying people either into, or out of, harm’s way.
Friday March 6, 5:30—8:30 PM
Artists’ talks, poetry reading, and performance:
Saturday, March 21 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Wednesday—Sunday 11—5 PM and by appointment