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?
Bending the Lines and Pixelated Forms
Branching from the inspiration utilized within his previous body of artwork, the Flow series, Bruvel began the Bending the Lines series with wall sculptures that embody the sensations of movement and the topographical pathways created by nature. This ideology created the base from which these latest sculptures took root, but the artwork has grown strong as a static flux between color and form bursting from the frame. The individuality that exists within each artwork of Bending the Lines can be accredited to both the material and Bruvel’s precise hand. Taking lengths of straight lumber and splitting them into wood sticks ranging in size, a meticulous effort was made by Bruvel to create enthralling artworks of great topographical depth.
Much like the world we live in, our minds are made up of complex systems that influence our everyday lives. The neural connectivity that allows us to not only feel but express emotion works closely together within our heads. Living in the contemporary world, each person goes through life exposed to emotionally and mentally taxing challenges. When this happens, we each find our own ways of recuperating. Meditation, listening to music, or taking time to reflect on our inner thoughts; these are moments that bring balance within our minds. There are countless ways to achieve this level but the result is always the same. Calm, relax, recharge, reach mental equilibrium, and begin again.
In the faces of his Bending the Lines series, Bruvel’s use of wood reflects the complexity and dynamisms of the human psyche. These faces embody the emotions that accompany deep inner reflection. The back of these artworks are abstract visuals of synapses firing within the brain. Bruvel’s juxtaposition of the wood sticks mimics the numerous pathways that compose the human psyche and that give representation to the complexities of thought. While the synapses of the brain fire away, these faces of tranquility demonstrate the dynamic contrast between external and internal expression.
Creating each sculptural face is a meticulous process for Gil Bruvel, as the artist spends countless days to complete each artwork. Every face in the Bending the Lines series is constructed of thousands of individual sticks that are cut by hand and stacked together. The artist then exposes the forms to flame, bringing out the natural patterns of the wood beneath the surface. When he is satisfied with the movement within his artwork, Bruvel paints the sculpture with a collection of colors that stimulate the cognitive senses. These wooden forms evoke a state of mind that push the boundaries of physical perspective. Each layer of sticks reflects multiple levels of thought, from the most recent to the deep underlying subconscious. The sculptures embody the artists steady thought process, provoking a sense of thoughtful calm in the viewer. Though each sculpture is unique their shared peaceful state promotes a sense of inner harmony achieved through equanimity; not being pulled between attraction and aversion.
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 Cubist series, Bruvel explores the connection between various patterns and human facial expressions. Made with separate pieces that converge into a whole, these complex structures take on a life of their own. Defined lines gradually roll into sharp curves, blending soft features with an abstract contour. As the face is composed, fractured architectural landscapes begin to emerge as forms combine. The parts are represented in a variety of organic and geometric forms unique to each artwork.