Gail Goldsmith

Everyday Weapons

February 19 – March 22, 2014

William Holman Gallery is pleased to present Everyday Weapons by Gail Goldsmith and Times and Places by Richard Barnet, two concurrent solo exhibitions that will be installed at the gallery from mid-February through mid-March.

Featuring eight clay sculptures, Gail Goldsmith’s Everyday Weapons series reflects on death and mourning. Made in the aftermath of her husband’s suicide twenty-five years ago, the sculptures are cathartic, revealing how his death altered everyday objects in Goldsmith’s life. From a series of broken bottles to an ominous corkscrew lying next to a pair of women’s shoes, these quotidian objects reverberate with pain and anger, seeming ominous as thinly-veiled weapons. With the distance of time since their creation, Goldsmith has come to see these sculptures as theatrical; each work is an archetype, both personal and universal.

Goldsmith has written:
The static objects belie the emotions which inspired them…The monochrome color and the dry texture of the clay remind me of the desert and objects buried, then excavated. Because clay is an ancient material, this work could have come from a remote past. Because these pieces originated in my experience, the work represents the archaeology of my past. Because clay has this quality of timelessness, the represented actions of violence and rage can be imagined now or in the future.

These works have never been shown before and William Holman Gallery is proud to present this intimate and powerful series.

Review in Fad

Please join us for the joint opening reception on Wednesday, February 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.


Review in Fad 3/21/2014
Everyday Weapons Catalogue
New York Times Review
Seen and Heard : Under the Spell of Childhood and Its Trappings
Gail Goldsmith and Martina Fischer in Dialogue
Sculptors Guild Review