Galleri Urbane is thrilled to welcome back artist Gail Peter Borden back to Dallas with his solo exhibition, “Faceted Line”. In addition to being an artist, professor and author; Borden simultaneously works as an architect at his own firm. The architectural presence in Borden’s pieces and installations is undeniable, yet he creates work based on what he feels the perception and experience brings the viewer into conversation. Borden’s pieces take himself and his authorial role out of the equation; he relies less on his own visions and experiences when creating and more on primal attributes of each piece such as space, depth and color and how those intimacies translate when the viewer engages the work, whether they stand alone or influence each other as an installation. He states, “As the maker of something, one can intend a response or a use, but ultimately the viewer has to respond, fill and engage. It is this process that is most interesting to me; the object becomes a companion to the viewer’s memory, experiences and perceptions that brought them to this point in time and space.” “Faceted Line” will be one of Borden’s largest and monumental shows to date at Galleri Urbane. Centered on a 50 foot line that will wrap and jump around the gallery, Borden is using a variety of colorful pieces that work together as a larger unit but also intended to be broken away and taken into new environments. The work demands many geometric perspectives within itself and as a larger installation; engaging the viewer and allowing them to view the pieces in multiple dimensions rather than the viewing the work in a frame-by-frame basis. - - - - - Gail Peter Borden attended Rice University, simultaneously receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees (cum laude) in fine arts, art history, and architecture. He won the prestigious William Ward Watkins Traveling Fellowship, the AIA Certificate for Excellence, the Chillman Prize, and the John Swift Medal in Fine Arts. After receiving a Texas Architectural Foundation Scholarship, Professor Borden returned to Rice for his BARCH. He went on to Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to complete a post-professional Masters of Architecture with distinction. In 2004, Borden received a residency from The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas culminating in an exhibition entitled "spaceframes".
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