“Nature and Transformation,” a sculpture exhibit by Richard Helzer at the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery at Rocky Mountain College, runs through March 7. An opening reception honored the Bozeman artist Feb. 12.
Helzer said his sculpture alludes to familiar images without actually representing them.
“My use of iconographic symbols and celestial icons allow the viewer to make a connection to the sculpture as a way of viewing the work,” Helzer said.
Helzer’s sculptures are carved of basswood, also known as linden tree. The marks of his carving tools assist in defining the shape of each form. The sculptures receive pigment paints to bring out texture and create feeling with color.
“It is my goal to make interesting objects to look at, and to contemplate,” Helzer said.
Helzer served as director or professor in the School of Art at Montana State University in Bozeman for 39 years, becoming professor emeritus in 2009.
In 2013, Helzer served as visiting artist at L’Antica Deruta in Deruta, Italy. He has shown solo exhibitions in galleries and museums across Montana, the Walsh Gallery in Washington D.C., and Extra Moenia Gallery in Todi, Italy.
Ryniker-Morrison Gallery is located in Technology Hall on the rocky campus. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information on the gallery, contact Sally McIntosh at 259-6563 or email@example.com.