Portland, OR - Bullseye Projects presents a solo exhibition from Austrian artist Rudi Gritsch. Following Water examines a single element from a street in La Granja, Spain that relates a rich history of craft and a personal reflection on symbols. Following Water will be on view October 7 - December 23, 2015.
A simple form - a circle with a center point - dominates Rudi Gritsch's first solo exhibition at Bullseye Projects. For Gritsch, the symbol speaks in dichotomies. "Up and down; reality and imagination; light and shade… the symbol of the center of the circle speaks," he explains, "and what does it say? It is a universal language, old as mankind, used for the self, the navel, the great spirit, the target, the focus…" Cast-glass works in the exhibition center around now-demolished manhole covers from a notable street in La Granja, Spain. The street was part of a waterway that originated from mountain streams, then stretched from a lake in the royal gardens through the palace, into the town, and ended in the Royal Glass Factory. Following Water recreates a section of the street to preserve this history but also communicates the artist's feelings about this iconic form. Along with preserving a historical side note, "I am interested in transforming this image into something personal," says Gritsch