Artist's Website: http://www.garykret.com
This series of sculptures portray our phycological experience of powerlessness, to have accessibility, an invitation, but ultimately denial—the sense of acceptance, of inclusion but a limitation on both. The bronze components depict a feeling of frustration and shame, falling short, exclusion, rejection, and supplication. They characterize the experience of only getting so far or more pointedly having known the feeling of being held back and deterred. The marble elements become barriers; they illustrate the force of authority and domination of institutional judgment and events beyond our control to overcome.
Gary was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1953. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1971, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1978.