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1980–1989


FROM OUTLOOK TO DOORS OF PERCEPTION

The commissions for development sites in Toronto and Mississauga came to an end as the first significant exhibition of Gazer sculptures and drawings was presented in 1982 at the Koffler Gallery in the city of North York, now part of Toronto

At this point, Gazers ranged in size from mere inches to the very large conspicuous commissions; their penetrating and intense aspect, their searching gaze became, and remains, the unifying physical, psychological, and philosophical factor. Although worked stylistically from near realism to very abstract, this linkage has remained intact.

In mid-decade, the first Portal/Pathway works were created with premiere showings at Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto in 1985, ‘86, and ‘87. Worked in a variety of multi-media materials, the pieces combined various degrees of figurative abstraction within structured environmental systems. The Wraiths and Distortions appeared; they were set into constructivist settings, openings and doorways of change, opportunity, or possibility. Fossilized bases were first used on Portal of Identity and soon became a fixture of visual vocabulary. And the Portal Master Dances won a Best of Show award at the Pauline McGibbon Cultural Centre, Toronto in 1986.

 

FUSION GAZER – ERECT
1980
bronze alumina fiberglass cement

112 x 16 x 18 inches

 

 

FUSION GAZER – SEATED
1980
bronze alumina fiberglass cement
50 x 60 x 45 inches

 

 

left: WALL GAZERS 2
1981
bronze alumina fiberglass cement

96 x 45 x 024 inches

right: FUSION GAZERS
1982
bronze alumina fiberglass cement
97 x 36 x 24 inches

 

left: GAZER WITHIN
1982
bronze, aluminum
12 x 7 x 3.5 inches

right: FUSION GAZERS
1982
bronze on marble/oak
26 x 12 x 6 inches

 

GAZER BEYOND THE NOW
1982
gypsum, wood, enamel
72 x 18 x 30 inches

 

 

SPLIT GAZER TEMENOS
1982
gypsum, wood, enamel
72 x 24 x 24 inches

 

 

 

left: GAZER DRAWING 8
1982
carbon pencil on paper
30 x 22 inches

right: GAZER DRAWING 10
1982
conte & acrylic on paper
30 x 22 inches

 

GAZER PASSAGE
1982
bronze, limestone
17.5 x 20 x 6 inches

 

 

TENSILE GAZER
1982
bronze, steel, sandstone
22 x 14.5 x 11 inches

 

 

 

left: GAZER INTEGRATION 2
1982
bronze, plastic, limestone
5 x 9 x 6 inches

right: GAZER INTEGRATION 1
1982
bronze, soapstone, walnut
23 x 8 x 5 inches

 

 

PORTAL OF IDENTITY
1985
alumina cement, steel, bronze, stone
96.5 x 122 x 64 inches

 

 

 

GUARDIAN OF THE PORTAL PASSAGE 1
1988
bronze, wood, stone, jute, concrete
92 X 67 X 72 inches

 

 

 

left: AND THE PORTAL MASTER DANCES
1986
bronze, steel, alumina cement
68 x 20 x 30 inches

right: CONFRONTATION ON THE PORTAL PATH 1
1986
bronze, steel
74 x 28 x 26 inches

 

AND NOW RECUR THE PORTAL RITES
1986
bronze, steel, wood, limestone, bone
82 x 48 x 24 inches

 

 

SEER LODGE 1
1989
alumina cement, bronze, steel,wood, stone, jute, oil colour
90 x 56 x 50 inches

 

 

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