November 30, 2006 - January 13, 2007
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Dennis Gallagher's new sculptures utilize stacked geometric blocks in ways that paradoxically bring to mind both classical ruins and appealingly functional contemporary household objects. Often precariously stacked or balanced, the solid forms display a remarkable lightness at odds with their medium and size. The scored, gouged, and roughly glazed surfaces of the sculptures exude an appealing tactility that contrasts with the cool hard-edged modernist elegance of their compositional elements.
Gallagher was born in 1952, in San Bruno, CA and received his BA and MFA from Fresno State. He has taught at both the California College of Arts and Crafts and the San Francisco Art Institute. Gallagher has completed commissions in both the private and public sectors of the Bay Area and the Napa Valley, including a large-scale public installation at Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, CA. His works are included in the collection of The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, The Fresno Art Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, The San Jose Museum of Art, The Rene di Rosa Preserve, Napa, and The Runnymede Sculpture Park, Woodside, among others. His most recent exhibit was at the Oakland Museum of California Sculpture Court in 2003.