Texas-based sculptor Gil Bruvel makes work about force and flow.
Combining new art methodology with materials like antiquated wood and metal, Bruvel’s work moves and breathes with substance. The series names he gives his work, whether Bending the Lines, or Flow and Cubist, all seem to challenge the perception of time. Even his life story is one of constant motion. Now settled in rural Texas, Bruvel is currently mapping out a steady exhibition schedule as he redefines art in America’s southwest.
Evan Pricco: With French parents born in Australia and trained in the US, you have an interesting background. Where is home, and do you think that sort of upbringing is what makes your work unique? Gil Bruvel: That’s possible. Home for me right now is in Wimberley, Texas, and I really enjoy it. Before that, I lived for about thirteen years on the island of Maui in Hawaii, which was, of course, a source of inspiration. I think the exposure to multiple countries, cultures, landscapes, and people is always a good way to expand horizons and offer a wider perspective about things that would not be available otherwise.
In a good way, you are all over the place in terms of mediums and approach. But there always seems to be this theme of movement in your work. Nothing seems settled. Do you think that is an accurate description? Yeah, it is, definitely. I have always been fascinated with the translation of movement and motion. First of all, universally, everything is changing, constantly in movement, and to me, that is related to the element of time. There is a consistent impermanence of life, objects, and events. I am inspired by things like erosion, that disintegration of the landscape, or even a piece of wood, whether from wind or water, that creates enthralling patterns.
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