Gold Metals

Gallery Fifty-Six explores a union of soul and machine with the sculptures of Elisha Gold

By Janice Nabors Raiteri

[singlepic id=33 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=right]Elisha Gold’s metal sculptures are all around Memphis. If you’ve been to the Botanic Gardens, you’ve no doubt noticed his huge socially-conscious flowers in My Big Backyard. He’s also known in New Orleans since his solo exhibition at Johathan Ferrara Gallery. When asked about his work in metals, Eli says, “I consider myself to be a surreal biomechanical constructionist.” Then, with a smile, “Yep, I made that up…but I am a skilled metal worker and craftsman. My hands are my most important tools.” He goes on, “I use the human face so the viewer can have a more personal experience with the sculpture…In my work, I express the relationship of soul and machine working as one…the complexity and compatibility of objects working simultaneously to achieve a sense of frozen motion or an overall loud silence.” Eli could say the same thing about his dynamic paintings that will be featured at Gallery Fifty-Six in February’s show, “Eli’s Coming.” Stop in and enjoy the paintings of Elisha Gold any time during the month of February. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm. Also, everyone is invited to the artist’s reception Friday evening, February 5th, from 5–8 pm at the gallery, 2256 Central Avenue.

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