BUILDING BRIDGES ART EXCHANGE PRESENTS TRANSCENDENT SOLO EXHIBITION BY WALTER ERRA HUBERT “PROMISING SKIES”
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 2022): Building Bridges Art Exchange announces its upcoming solo exhibition Promising Skies by artist Walter Erra Hubert and curated by Marisa Caichiolo, which will take place from February 26 to March 30, 2022 at Bergamot Station Arts Center (2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F2, Santa Monica).
Walter Erra Hubert is an internationally acclaimed artist born in Pasadena who works in the mediums of acrylic paint, monochrome prints, resin, and mixed media. Walter chose to self-isolate in 2018, two years before the international lockdown, resulting in his striking latest work Promising Skies, which reflects a world moving towards a new reality. The large-scale artworks are done in acrylics while the exhibition will also showcase his works which incorporate resin and mixed media. All artwork will be featured in the Santa Monica Gallery at Building Bridges Art Exchange.
Born to Italian immigrant parents, Walter is heavily influenced by his American and Italian roots and straddles both worlds. Her Pasadena studio provides a space for exploration inspired by the expanse of the metropolis while her home and studio in the Italian countryside allow for a sense of separation associated with nature and introspection. Walter’s Italian heritage and 30 years of experience in the use of various artistic mediums appealed to Argentinian curator Marisa Caichiolo who actively seeks to present a wide range of artists from around the world. “Walter’s oddly timed decision to inadvertently isolate himself became emblematic of a universal experience, and during this time his quest to connect with the core of his being ended up producing his strongest and most powerful work. event, which we are thrilled to present in Los Angeles.”
Walter’s self-imposed lockdown began in his studio in Pasadena and continued in his studio in his home in rural Italy. Its isolation resulted in these multi-dimensional and multi-layered works. The magnificent large canvases invite the viewer to embark on a journey of discovery through Walter’s impressive brushwork, dripping paint and penetrating energy.
Walter’s expression is deeply influenced by the subconscious, a comparison that can be drawn with current events in the pandemic and post-pandemic era. The magic of nature and the journeys of the mind are central to Walter’s work. Promising Skies encapsulates Walter’s vision with imaginary and mystical elements. He creates paintings by merging a multitude of tools including everyday objects such as spatulas, wood carving tools and hair dryers and the fluidity of the materials captures the artist’s strokes and movements. Walter muses: “I am constantly exploring the tension we perceive between the realms of matter and spirit. I hope that the spectator perceives this language and is attracted by the relevance of the journey.
Although the current world outlook can be seen as bleak and unpredictable, Promising Skies reflects a world heading towards a new reality with a sense of hope. Within each translucent room, an ocean of opportunity, portals and evocative lights can be seen beckoning forward, representing the promise of new beginnings. Connecting to the past and creating a bridge to the future is the ideal way for Walter to engage in the collective consciousness of today. Explosions of light, volcanic eruptions, deep water currents and sensual sensations inspired by the connections between the elements are part of the wealth of natural phenomena that nourish his perspective and vision of the universal forces of Mother Earth.
Walter’s relationship with art began at an early age and painting became an important form of self-expression. At the age of fifteen, he enrolled in a life-changing art class that introduced him to the complex design and analysis of composition that steered his practice towards the most profound visions. current and most global forms of artistic expression. After being accepted into the Otis Art Institute, he embraced a contrasting upbringing, learning classical approaches alongside the relatively untapped world of merging conceptual art of the late sixties and early seventies. As founder and CEO of Silver Birches in Pasadena, Walter worked alongside visionaries like Bruce Weber and Ralph Lauren and taught painting and design at the College of Art in High Wycombe, England, and Pasadena City College.
Walter was recently selected as an American artist to exhibit at the 9th Beijing International Art Biennale in 2022 in China. The exhibition is currently being held at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing until March 2022. The curatorial theme is The Light of Life and the piece selected by the curatorial committee is “The Portal of Light”. . This piece was completed in 2021 by the artist as part of “The Era of Solitude” series. He has had several solo exhibitions in Europe and his paintings are in the permanent collections of the MACIST Museum of Contemporary Art in Italy, and venerable institutions including the LA Times Mirror Building. Walter was also recently chosen as a featured artist for a special Miami ART BASEL publication.
Promising Skies can be seen from February 26 to March 30, 2022 at the Building Bridges Art Exchange at Bergamot Station Arts Center (2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F2, Santa Monica). BBAX is open Tuesday to Friday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Saturday (noon to 6 p.m.).