Replica of Orion's Belt #3, Oil, Canvas and Mixed Media, 31" x 25"
We are excited to have in the gallery the paintings of Tom Gehrig. These intricate works combine Gehrig's masterful painting style with the intelligent and offbeat sense of humor for which he has become known. Each painting is an arena for an event in which Gehrig sets up uncanny site-specific happenings. In Replica of Orion's Belt #3, for example, we see a beautifully articulated sky with the three stars of the constellation. On the ground there is a replica of the three stars, created by stringing three bulbs between a pole and a rock in a landscape. Off to the side we see the small generator that powers the installation and charts of stars and constellations. They beg the question, "What if God was just a guy playing around in the back yard"?
All of Gehrig's paintings combine these elements of masterful landscape painting, mathematical or scientific charts and references and a site specific happening that replicates nature. They fascinate and challenge us. They ask big questions about how things happen and answer them in uncanny accessible ways.
Tom Gehrig received his BA from the California College of the Arts (then CCAC) where he studied with Arthur Okamura, Peter Shoemaker and Robert Bechtle. He received his MFA from Mills College where he worked closely with electronic music composer Robert Ashley. He is represented by galleries in Seattle WA and Big Sky, Montana.