GENE AND SUSAN FLORES

GENE MONTEZ FLORES

Gene Montez Flores In 1957 I was a 22-year-old barista at the Hidden Village Coffee House in Monterey, California, owned by Cuban artist Pio Junco, who gave me my first welding torch, a few hand tools, and his belief in me. In Bauhaus style, I worked perfecting the art of flame cutting with the delicacy of a sumi brush, convinced fire and steel were my palette. I made decorative work, architectural commissions, jewelry, furniture, toys, non-objective and kinetic sculptures, figurative pieces, light fixtures, chandeliers, and candelabras in steel.

I had grown up at the edge of the Mojave desert and camped solo as a teen in the mountains overlooking the vast valley. Later, with my young family, we bought land and built a cabin in the high desert near the town of Tehachapi,

followed by ten years in Santa Cruz CA. It was only when we moved to the warehouse district in lower Manhattan in 1979 that my memories and emotions about the desert landscape emerged and I began the work I still continue.

 

 

SUSAN FLORES

Susan Flores In 1962 I was 22 years old and fell in love in the first minute on the first day as we drank coffee at the Kit Kat Kafe in Monterey. I was an art student, so it all made sense. Our life on the high desert living off grid in the Tehachapi Mountains was very difficult, but we learned things by necessity that turned out to be the very things we have most enjoyed. The gift of silence. The ability to sense the time and weather. Spareness in all it's aspects. Generosity of spirit.

Beginning when we arrived in NYC in 1979 I started documenting the subtleties out our windows; our area being utterly deprived of anything growing, weather was determined by opening the window. Our road trips on the blue highways between NYC and Santa Cruz prompted my fence collections and “Filling Stations: Closed Down" series, reflections on loss of individuality and uniqueness when the relics I photographed are compared with today's mass formulations. “Mass Moca Ladies Restroom" was a chance occurrence, the end of the day, the museum mostly empty, the restroom completely empty, the empty and identical stalls revealed their temporary uniqueness. My sculptural stumps and trees, which are literal portraits, come from emotions prompted by close observation of their life cycles.

MASS MoCA LADIES ROOM


Family, Tehachapi CA 1965

Family, Tehachapi CA 1965

RESUMES

GENE MONTEZ FLORES

Gene Montez Flores b. 1935 Education: California State Polytechnic 1956-58, San Luis Obispo, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 "Landscape 1980 - 2018”, TurnPark, West Stockbridge

2007-12 Installation of Poetry Hut in Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Cummington, Shelburne Falls, Easthampton, Williamsburg, Lenox, Northampton, Ashfield MA, Florence with Susan Flores

2008-09 Installation of “Jacal for South Texas", Floresville, Texas and Witte Museum, San Antonio, TX with Susan Flores

2002 Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

2000 Wood St. Gallery, Chicago, IL/ Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA/ Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA/ Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT

1999 "The Love's Seat Project”, Civic Center and South Park, San Francisco, CA/ Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA

1998 Amherst College, Amherst, MA/ Wood St. Gallery, Chicago, IL/ Cal State University, Bakersfield, CA

1997 Zdru Gallery, New Haven, CT/ “The Love's Seat Project”, Battery Park, NYC, NY/ Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA

1992 Kulturforum, Luneburg, Germany

1984 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

1983 Tom Lutrell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1980 Adam Mekler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1978 Adam Mekler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1976 Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1975 Riva Yares, Los Angeles, CA

Recent Major Commissions
2008 "Huron River at Broadway", University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2005 "Oasis", National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD

2003 “Memorial to the Events of September 11th", Montgomery County,MD

Selected Group Shows
2017 TurnPark, West Stockbridge, MA

2016 Sculpture Now at The Mount

2015 Berkshire Artists Museum, North Adams, MA

Sculpture Now at The Mount

2014 Yale University Museum of Art

2010 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA/ Hancock Shaker Village, “Simple Gifts”, Hancock, MA

2009 Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA 2009 Sculpture Now, Stockbridge, MA

2008 Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA 2007 Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA/ Sculpture Now on Main Street, Stockbridge, MA/ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2005 Berkshire Museum, “Power of Place: The Berkshires", Pittsfield, MA

2004 Sculpture by the River, Norman Rockwell Museum, Housatonic, MA/ Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA

2003 International Sculpture Center Member Exhibition, Hamilton, NJ

2002 Sculpture in the Garden, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge,

2001 Sculpture in the Garden, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA/ International Sculpture Center Collection IV, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago Museum of Outdoor Art, Denver, CO Pritzger Park Exhibition, Chicago, IL Noyes Cultural Art Center, Evanston, IL/ “Air - Atmosphere and Kinetics"Meeting House Gallery, New Marlboro,MA

2000 five myles, Brooklyn, NY/ "Earthbound: visual books about the landscape", Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

1999 Chicago Pier Walk Sculpture Show, Chicago, IL Catologue/ Wandell Sculpture Garden, Urbana, IL

1998 Chicago Pier Walk Sculpture Show, Chicago, IL Catologue “Sculpture on the Green", Barat College, Forest Lake, IL

1997 "Cast Iron Art", Grounds for Sculpture, Johnson Atelier, Mercervill, N.J. Catalogue/ Naumkeg Sculpture Exhibition, Stockbridge, MA/ Chicago Pier Walk Sculpture Show, Chicago, IL Catologue

1996 “From Cover to Cover; Transformation of the Book”, Iowa State University, Ames, IA Socrates Sculpture Park Tenth Anniversity Exhibition, Long Island City, Catalogue

1994 Portia Harcus, Boston, MA 1993 Avana Forum Gallery, Bochum, Germany/ Maximilianpark, Hamm, Germany/ Wanas Art Park, Wanas, Sweden Catalogue

1991 Wanas Art Park, Wanas, Sweden Catalogue

1990 "Construction in Process", Lodz, Poland Catalogue

1989 "Sculptors Working", Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY Catalogue, N.Y.1 “Artists Books and Book Arts”, Baxtyer Gallery, Portland, ME.

1988 "Outside In", Athena Foundation, NYC Municipal Art Gallery, NYC, NY/ Chesterwood Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Stockbridge, MA

1987 “Artists Choose Artists”, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY Catalogue

1985 Sunnyvale Art Center, Sunnyvale, CA/ Walnut Creek Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

1984 Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roselyn, NY

1983 “Sculpture: the Tradition in Steel", Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roselyn, NY Catalogue 1982 Adam Mekler Gallery 1979 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA/ Adam Mekler Gallery

1978 San Bernardino State University Art Museum, San Bernardino, CA

1977 Camino College, Corona, CA/ Adam Mekler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Collections
TurnPark Sculpture Garden, West Stockbridge, MA Memorial Hall Library, Andover. MA Yale University Museum of Art, New Haven, Ct Ross School of Business, University of Michigan City of Northampton, MA City of Lodz, Poland Colorado Springs Art Museum, CO City of Palo Alto, CA University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, Snite Museum, Notre Dame, IN Museum of Outdoor Art, Denver, CO Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM California State University at Bakersfield, CA City of Sunnyvale, CA Los Angeles City Museum of Art, CA City of Menlo Park, CA Kansas City Bank of Commerce United Savings Bank IBM Family Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Allen Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Wanas Art Park, Sweden Djerassi Foundation, Saratoga, CA


SUSAN FLORES

Susan Marya Flores b. 1940 Education: Pomona College, University of California at Berkeley

Solo Exhibitions
2008 Installation of “Jacal for South Texas", Floresville, TX and Witte Museum, San Antonio, TX

2007 "Little House" installation of writings, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA/ "Goodrich Hollow" Installation at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

1999 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA

1998 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA

1993 Furniture of the Twentieth Century, New York City, NY

Selected Group Shows
2016 Sculpture Now at the Mount, Lenox, MA

2015 Sculpture Now at the Mount, Lenox, MA

2010 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA

2009 Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA/ Sculpture Now, Stockbridge, MA/ "Fresh”, Leslie Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2008 Leslie Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2007 Artscape, Pittsfield, MA/ Leslie Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA/ Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2007, Stockbridge, MA/ Sculpture Now on Main Street, Stockbridge, MA

2001 Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA

2000 Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT

2000 Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA

1990 - 1995 Furniture of the Twentieth Century, New York City, NY

1993 Contemporary Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy

Public Art
2016 Shawsheen River installed, Memorial Library, Andover MA

2013 Sacred Heart, Menlo Park, CA with Gene Flores

2007-12 Installation of "Little House”: Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Cummington, Shelburne Falls, Easthampton, Williamsburg, Lenox, Florence, Northampton MA with Gene Flores/ "Little House to Honor a Request for Poems", installation with Gene Flores

2008 "Huron River at Broadway", University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with Gene Flores

2008-2009 "Jacal for South Texas", installation Witte Museum with Gene Flores

2004-2005 "Oasis" Commission for the National Institutes of Health for the Atrium of the Clinical Research Center, with Gene Flores.

2003 "Memorial to the Events of September 11th, 2001", commissioned by Montgomery County, MD, located in Rockville MD, with Gene Flores.

1998 Arts Kiosk, Northampton, MA with Gene Flores

1997-9 "Love's Seat Project”. Installation in New York City, NY and San Francisco, CA, with Gene Flores.

Collections
Memorial Hall Library, Andover, MA, Sacred Heart School, Menlo Park. CA University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Andover, MI City of Rockville, MD National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Wanas Art Park, Wanas, Sweden Howard Yezerski, James Turrell, Geoffrey Beane, Keenan Wayans, Tina Turner