Gunnar Theel has been creating sculptures in steel since the 1980’s. Stylistically, Gunnar is a minimalist like Richard Serra and Tony Smith though houses, architecture and the Bauhaus movement continue to influence his creations. His works are represented in collections throughout the United States, Germany ( his native country), and as far afield as at the Shanghai Spring ArtSalon in China. Visitors will enjoy his permanent installations at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton,New Jersey; the Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, Florida; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York and the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA.
THREE L-shaped units, each composed of two steel plates joined at right angles, lean against and into each other, and create an assemblage of angled planes and spaces articulated by light and shadow, and put in motion by the viewer drawn around the sculptures.
The sculptures are fabricated from 1 1/4" (3cm) thick steel plates, oxidized or painted, and from stainless steel. They are 9' to 12' high (280 to 380cm) and weigh up to 7 tons. A monumentality is inherent to all my sculptures, small and large.
THE NEREID sculptures are part of the Right Angles series. They are inspired by the marble Nereid statues and their "wind swept drapery" at The British Museum, London. The painted steel sculptures open towards the natural light which, reflected from the sculptures' angled planes, diffuses the borders between the sculptures' exterior and interior surfaces.
THE STRUCTURE sculptures are inspired by architecture, in particular, the house as vessel, container, body. Again, the angled planes diffuse the border between the exterior and interior surfaces, and the viewer drawn around the oxidized steel sculptures discovers openings like doors, windows, and solid walls.
MY ART is influenced by architecture. The right angle in the physical world and its inherent sensations of equilibrium and quiet are my reference points as I work towards the finished sculpture by "simplification of design and refinement of proportions". (Mies van der Rohe).