During his more than thirty-year career, Gil Bruvel has passionately followed an ever-changing, organic flow of artistic expression as it has moved through a series of mediums and forms. Each one is a reflection of the artist’s aesthetic sensibility and thoughtful perspective at the time, while continuously remaining open to the inner nudges inherent in a truly creative life. And in each approach—from surrealist-inspired and fantastical imagery to three-dimensional functional and sculptural art, to the current Flow series—he has drawn on threads of creative stimulus and artistic mastery that began very early on.
With the Flow series, Bruvel continues to celebrate the imaginative and the real, yet here his vision seems to penetrate the veil of material form. These striking, evocative sculptures, comprised of graceful sinuous ribbons of cast stainless steel, reveal an essential underlying fluidity that exists simultaneously within the physical, quantum, and metaphoric realms. Bruvel’s ribbons of energy may flow in parallel streams, yet they convey the subtle and complex human intersections of beauty and pain, inner and outer, the ephemeral and the eternal now.
Scent Series - Original Paintings
The Color of Scent—Sensual Fusion in Celebration of the Feminine
In the timeless presence of a beautiful woman, the senses are enveloped in a fluid, indefinable wave of experience, delicate yet intense. Sometimes you swear you can feel the visceral caress of her voice. You can hear the musical emanation of her form. In a dance of color, you see the enticing fragrance that swirls around her, yet cannot be named.
This sensory overlap is known as synesthesia, where one sense perception is simultaneously experienced through an unrelated sense. Perceptual boundaries dissolve. Sounds, smells, colors, and shapes are mutable and intertwined; distinctions disappear. In Gil Bruvel’s new series of paintings, dancing radiant hues are the artist’s visual expression of an alluring, ephemeral, and often mysterious feminine scent.
Yet just as our sense experiences are reshaped, the door is also thrown open to a vastly expanded conception of female beauty—and woman’s own sense of herself, her unexplored potential, her place in the world. The essence of the feminine remains, but uncontained by templates from the past. In Bruvel’s compelling vision, universal feminine beauty is perceived through a new set of senses: vibrant female energy expressed as richly colored flames and undulating waves. They eddy delicately through and around her or vibrate powerfully from her core. A magical fusion of fragrance and color symbolizes and celebrates woman’s emerging identity in an enveloping, ever-changing flow.
The Journey Series - Original Paintings
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. ~ Martin Buber
Balanced on the scale of time, we are infinitesimally small, an ephemeral breath of wind, now here, now gone. We walk on the earth with creatures whose ancestors trod the same ground long before we were here. And they, in turn, move through trees whose seeds for eons have fallen and sprouted and grown in soil and rock whose geologic memory is unfathomably deep—the agelessness of the earth itself. On another scale, we totter precariously; we are too large. Yet the weights that cause us to tip—our clever inventiveness, narrow vision, unchecked desires—may somehow find balance in other equally human traits: curiosity, wonder, cooperation, awe.
The child walks ahead. The path is unmarked. The sky may appear as it always has, with reassuring daylight and clouds or a sliver of moon, or the horizon may seem mysteriously dark. The landscape through which we journey at this vital moment is unmapped. Its secrets are softly mounded by forgetfulness and time, reminding us perhaps of dangers we’ve seen or warning of threats far beyond what we have known. Still, the land’s flowing forms and the elephant’s gentle tread speak of possibility and trust. We move ahead. Are we journeying into stark survival, or into a deepening understanding of the preciousness of life?
Functional Art: Flow Series
Gil Bruvel, the renowned multidisciplinary artist based in Texas, has created a new chapter of his seminal Flow Series sculptures. Evolving from organic form and inspired by nature, this body of patina bronze castings has ranged from ethereal representations of human or animal forms to abstract patterns and material objects. Now he turns his talents and collection to design, with a limited edition series of functional fixtures created in the same visionary vein. This master craftsman now uses his gift of manipulating form into practical pieces of furniture, namely the Flow Series: Functional Art.
Hailing originally from France, this incredible artist’s creations started at an early age, apprenticing for his father who was an artisanal carpenter, and learning historical restoration. Through a wide range of influences and mediums, the work has evolved into large-scale bronze pieces that process the magic of natural form through an artist’s creative mind. Influenced by cyma tics, architecture, fractals, science and design, Gil has developed a style that filters the practical knowledge of fluid dynamics and organic processes into groundbreaking works of art.
This brand new trio of furniture will be available only as a limited edition and suitable for both fine art and design exhibition. Consisting of two chairs and a triangular stool, the breathtaking designs that compose Flow Series: Functional Art are cast in stainless steel and utile as well as aesthetically stunning. The Dichotomy Chair clearly draws its dissecting currents of lines from waveforms, with the movement of each half embracing horizontal and vertical plateaus. The base emerges as if organically rooted to the floor and balanced as if grounded in nature itself. Another chair, the Zig Zag Impulse Chair, salutes contemporary architecture and stands frozen, as if woven from living metallic fabric. Like fluid dynamics, the energy in these designs by Gil Bruvel captures the movement of liquids and lines and the oscillations we find in natural formations. His Equilateral Apex Stool stands as a sensual monument to form and function. The geometrics of this small table call to mind mineral and crystal shapes, or petrified wood. In stainless steel, this trio of new pieces by Gil Bruvel converges into an alchemical set of fine art design that brings this artist’s poetic abstractions into the realm of practical ingenuity.
In the beginning are parts, and the parts combine. And as they do, they interact and interrelate with each other and with the quality of light that falls across them in a particular way. And as the parts and the light interact, something unpredictable begins to emerge: seemingly random patterns whose genesis lies in synergy and synchronicity and an underlying organizing force. Like hurricanes or cities, like crystal formations or branches of trees, like the primal act of artistic creation itself—something takes shape.
For Gil Bruvel, the parts may be organic or geometric: simple planes and angles, fragments of architectural language, or forms that conjure the flow and effervescence of life. Out of randomness appears an unexpected cohesiveness and complexity that is more than the sum of its parts. On one level, the artist produces and places these simple bas-relief shapes, keenly aware of the limitless possibilities of pattern, like infinite combinations in a game of chess. On another level, they place themselves. As in a game, the artist observes and responds to each play. He watches the light as it touches each part, as it reveals itself in the emergent whole. He smiles.
It’s not magic…but it feels like magic.
~ Physicist Doyne Farmer