ARTIST EDWIN GIL TO UNVEIL NEW SERIES USING RECYCLED GLASS
Concept of Upcycling Brought to Life In Large Pieces of Glass Art
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Contemporary, conceptual artist, Edwin Gil, today announced the opening of his new series, New Horizons: Upcycling, for Friday, August 24 from 6pm-9pm at Gil Gallery, 109 West Morehead Street, in uptown Charlotte. In this new series, Gil uses old window glass and turns it into larger-than-life pieces of art using the concept of upcycling – turning old or discarded materials into something of worth and beauty – to depict famous Charlotteans and other important historical figures.
“Edwin is an amazing talent and he’s always looking for new objects to incorporate into his art,” says Paul Thompson, Coffey & Thompson President / Owner. “The glass he uses comes from the old Coffey & Thompson Gallery location in uptown where Bank of America now has some of its buildings. I think it’s a wonderful tie in that the glass has historical significance and he’s using it to bring historical figures to life.”
“Using glass in my art is a new horizon for me and I’m very excited to bring the beauty and brilliance of glass into my work,” says artist Edwin Gil. “What’s more, I get to recycle and reuse pieces of glass and give them another lease on life. In doing so, I hope to contribute in some small way to the care and protection of our environment.”
Gil cuts and paints the glass himself to create 5’ X 8’ pieces of art perfect for public art displays or commercial settings. Gil says glass is a great material to work with because it can be reused over and over again without losing its quality or luster.
For more information on New Horizons: Upcycling or any of Edwin Gil’s social art projects, visit www.edwingil.com, find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EdwinGil.FAN or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EdwinGil.
About Edwin Gil: Born December 11, 1971 in Itagui, Colombia, Edwin Gil is a contemporary conceptual artist best known for his vibrant colors and proprietary paint technique used to achieve depth and movement in his works. Gil combines his post-graduate studies in Psychology, as well as knowledge gained by working with great Colombian artistic masters like Hector Favio Castaño and Jorge Botero Lujan, to find meaning in the ordinary. In doing so, he has developed three fundamentals for painting – for fun, for love, for life – that can be seen throughout his work. After moving to the U.S. in 2000 and a short stint in Miami, Gil established himself in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he became the principal focus of Hispanic art.