Michael Kalish’s New Series of Sculptures ‘bloom’ in the City of Roses

Acclaimed artist Michael Kalish's new series of sculptures will be featured for the first time at the Pasadena, California, Artworks Gallery on the evening of Saturday, March 13th.

Online PR News – 10-March-2010 – – “A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind.” Clive Bell

March 2010, PASADENA; Michael Kalish’s latest sculpture project will ‘bloom’ for the first time on March 13 at his longtime collaborator Christopher Forney’s Artworks Gallery in Pasadena, details of which can be viewed at http://www.artworksgallery.com/gallery/kalish/page1.html In the new series of 25 works he develops a theme that has been central to his work since he started working with cut metal license plates and the twisted remains of old automobiles, the tension between manufactured inorganic materials and the representation of natural forms.

This is even more apparent in the new series of sculptures on show at Artworks Gallery where the romantic and lyrical subjects of the rose and the bouquet of flowers are created from the rusting remains of old automobiles.

The floral theme has been a constant stimulus to Michael Kalish's imagination since he first developed it in his early days with Artworks Gallery . A recent display of Japanese Geisha heads at Artworks revealed him cutting and bending metal to create the floral patterns on his subject’s kimonos. In the new “Rose” series, which he identifies as a "Rust Renaissance,” he reveals his developing approach to sculpting metal as it finds a new and nuanced beauty in the rose and the flower bouquet.

Kalish finds life and beauty in the decaying and tortured forms of old auto parts, mangled fenders and scratched hoods are transformed into organic shapes with a new and imaginative existence. The alchemical transformation of the decay and destruction that forms the ‘history ‘ of his raw materials into a new poetic existence is at the heart of Kalish’s new work where the tension of the ‘rose’ and the ‘rust’ is exquisitely balanced in a newly discovered lyricism.

In the 25 works on display at Artworks Gallery the rose is shown in freestanding metal bouquets, wall reliefs and dramatic corner pieces. A series of ‘limited edition’ single roses will also be launched at the Artworks show; this is a new departure for Michael Kalish as all his previous works have been ‘one off’ pieces. The single roses are in three colors, red, pink and yellow and each color in an edition of 100 pieces, perfect for giving a rose to your loved one.

Kalish’s works are widely collected throughout the world by some of the most discriminating private collectors including many celebrities and institutions. His work has earned him the “Los Angeles Times” Top Picks accolade for his solo exhibition at the Museum of Design and Architecture in Culver City, as well as telecast exposés on CNN and CBS. Michael Kalish opened his first museum show at RAM (Riverside Museum of Art) in December 2009.

A celebrity clientele expected will attend the opening. Artworks Gallery is honored to announce that the mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard will be in attendance.

To find out more, please visit www.artworksgallery.com or

Event Sponsor: Tommy Lasorda of Lasorda Wine.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 13th, 2010 6-10 p.m.
Presented by: Artworks Gallery
59 w. Del Mar Blvd. Pasadena, Ca 91105