Napa Valley Things To Do : Arts & Culture - Gordon Huether Studio + Gallery
Gordon Huether Studio + Gallery
1821 Monticello Road, Napa, CA 94558
A Napa Artist in His Element
Colorful, textural, playful and often provocative, the art of Gordon Huether is endlessly engaging. Using glass and metal, appropriated imagery and found objects, bits of nature and beams of light, Huether creates pieces that range from intimate collages to large-scale public sculpture.
Gordon Huether Studio creates large-scale, site-specific art installations that are integrated into architecture and landscape for projects throughout the world. A majority of the work Huether designs is fabricated in-house, in Napa, California, by his team of craftsmen who are internationally recognized for their innovative, creative and highly professional artistry.
Huether's 15,000-square-foot studio, originally built by the Bishop Family in the 1980′s for use as a hay barn and later as a feed store, has recently undergone a 1.5 million dollar renovation. The studio houses Gordon Huether's design studio, project gallery, fabrication facilities, administrative offices and the Hay Barn Gallery, featuring a revolving exhibition of Gordon Huether's fine art, as well as exhibiting the works of selected guest artists.
HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9A - 4P
ENTRY FEE: FREE
Insider Tip: To see Gordon Huether's site-specific work in place, and enjoy excellent wine and stunning contemporary architecture while you're at it, head to Artesa Winery in the Carneros Valley, where Huether has been Artist in Residence since 1997.
Artist and Exhibit Information
Huether's work is currently on exhibit at St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery
8440 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, CA 94573 | http://www.stsupery.com/visit/gallery/
Furthermore, Huether has been the artist in residence at Artesa Vineyards & Winery | 1345 Henry Road Napa, CA
Art and craft merge at Artesa Vineyards & Winery where Gordon Huether’s artwork has become as much a part of the experience as the panoramic views and award-winning wines. In 1997 Huether became permanent artist-in-residence at Artesa Vineyards & Winery. The dramatic architecture of the new winery created a perfect environment for Huether to exhibit his fine art and sculpture. One of the first pieces Huether completed was a series of sculptures made from a composite of resin, fiberglass and powdered aluminum for the fountain at the vineyard’s entrance. The monolithic forms echo the architecture of the winery, while reflecting the surrounding environment off their metallic surfaces.
Gordon Huether was born in Rochester, NY in 1959, to German immigrant parents. Having dual citizenship in Germany and the U.S., Huether has spent much time traveling between both countries. Huether learned art composition and appreciation at an early age from his father. In the course of his initial artistic explorations, Huether was resolved to create a lasting impact on the world around him through the creation of large-scale works of art. He took a deliberate step towards this goal in 1987 when Huether founded his studio in Napa, California.
In 1989 Huether was awarded his first public art commission for the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute. Given the opportunity to collaborate with a building design and construction team, allowed Gordon to realize what he envisioned, and proved to be a significant step for him. His careful consideration of the artwork or installation in context to the space and its users has led to many major public art awards around the globe.
Projects have included art installations for private corporations, airports, transportation centers, parking garages, hotels, universities, hospitals, recreation centers, civic buildings, libraries, and museums. During his frequent visits to Germany in the early 1990s, Huether’s aesthetic vision took an important turn, which was influenced by Professor Johannes Schreiter. While the medium of glass had initially inspired Huether’s material impulses, Schreiter’s work inspired him to unlock and express vital ideas and humanistic passion in his own work. Huether began to concentrate on the intellectual and emotional message one can deliver through an artistic creation. His work became about communicating a story, not just creating objects of beauty.
In recent years, Gordon has begun exploring different media to challenge both the concept and direction he has taken in the creation of his smaller-scale fine artworks. This personal and professional exploration has given insight to the myriad of ways he can express the beauty he sees. Using the seductive properties of richly saturated color, a wide array of natural and artificial light sources, and diverse texture, found materials and quirky, sometimes unsettling imagery, his work offers viewers a complex experience.
His experience in the realm of large-scale artwork generated the confidence to fashion fine art pieces with very personal content. Huether started experimenting with salvaged materials, found objects and in contrast to these elements, items of polished and impeccable nature. While his core skills are in glass design, Huether also has extensive experience in working with many other media including steel, repurposing salvaged materials, resins and composite materials.
Until this day, much of his work is inspired by the effects nature has on man-made materials such as the rusty patterns present in deteriorating metal. These materials, translated into works of art, serve as a reminder of the temporal character of man’s achievements and the awe-inspiring forces of nature.
Huether’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries, and collected across the United States, in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. He has received more than 60 public art commissions and more than 150 private commissions.