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Mike Glier: Bird Songs of the Boston Public Garden

March 20, 2021 – April 24, 2021

In 2019, Mike Glier and Krakow Witkin Gallery began planning for Glier’s next exhibition at the gallery. As so much of his work is about site and sight, Glier proposed to make an exhibition engaged with a location near the gallery. Choosing the Boston Public Garden (a Victorian public park dating to 1837 that is steps away from the gallery), Glier spent a week in May, 2019 photographing the Garden and drawing the sounds of the birds.

“My artwork is motivated by the rupture between humankind and the natural world and the environmental destruction that flows from this self-inflicted wound. The bird songs which persist in urban spaces like the Public Garden, however, are testaments to unity. Each “doo doo, dee dee” and “twit twit” that resonates off the pavement and brick of the city is a song of reconciliation that says nature and culture are not separate things, but are a single entity, the living world.” (Mike Glier)

In the Garden, before putting pencil to paper, he closed his eyes, took an inventory of his senses and registered the fullness of the place, from sound (traffic, human conversations, songs among the birds) to touch (the bench, the sun, the dew) to smell (daffodils and Dunkin’ Donuts).

“The language of music and art overlap, so it’s not too difficult to translate sound into image. As a bird call rises and falls in pitch, so does my hand. As the volume increases, so does the size of the mark. Round sounds are drawn as ample loops with a soft hand, and sharp, raspy sounds are made with pointed and short marks drawn with clenched fingers. And the concept of rhythm brings these forms together into a unified visual flow.” (Mike Glier)

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Works In Exhibition

Exhibition View

Mike Glier Exhibition View

Exhibition View

Mike Glier Exhibition View

The Thin Cry of Grackles in the Boston Public Garden

Mike Glier The Thin Cry of Grackles in the Boston Public Garden 2020 Oil on aluminum in frame specified by the artist

Panel size: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Frame size: 41 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches (104.8 x 84.5 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
(Inventory #31531)

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Song Sparrow Singing in the Boston Public Garden

Mike Glier Song Sparrow Singing in the Boston Public Garden 2019 Oil on aluminum in frame specified by the artist

Panel size: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Frame size: 41 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches (104.8 x 84.5 cm)
Signed, titled and dated on reverse
(Inventory #31019)

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Exhibition View

Mike Glier Exhibition View

Exhibition View

Mike Glier Exhibition View

The Song of the Mourning Dove in the Boston Public Garden

Mike Glier The Song of the Mourning Dove in the Boston Public Garden 2020 Oil on aluminum in frame specified by the artist

Panel size: 40 x 50 inches (101.6 x 127 cm)
Frame size: 42 x 52 inches (106.7 x 132.1 cm)
Signed, dated, and titled on reverse
(Inventory #31340)

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Exhibition View

Mike Glier Exhibition View

Song Sparrows Singing in the Boston Public Garden

Mike Glier Song Sparrows Singing in the Boston Public Garden 2020 Oil on aluminum in frame specified by the artist

Panel size: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Frame size: 41 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches (104.8 x 84.5 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
(Inventory #31533)

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The Song of a Robin in the Boston Public Garden

Mike Glier The Song of a Robin in the Boston Public Garden 2020 Oil on aluminum in frame specified by the artist

Panel size: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Frame size: 41 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches (104.8 x 84.5 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
(Inventory #31532)

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Exhibition View

Mike Glier Exhibition View

Unidentified Bird Singing over the Boston Commons on Memorial Day

Mike Glier Unidentified Bird Singing over the Boston Commons on Memorial Day 2020 Oil on aluminum in frame specified by the artist

Panel size: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Frame size: 41 3/8 x 33 3/8 inches (105.1 x 84.8 cm)
Signed, dated, and titled on reverse
(Inventory #31339)

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Exhibition View

Mike Glier Exhibition View

The Sound of a Woodpecker in the Boston Public Garden

Mike Glier The Sound of a Woodpecker in the Boston Public Garden 2020 Oil on aluminum in frame specified by the artist

Panel size: 36 x 45 inches (91.4 x 114.3 cm)
Frame size: 37 1/2 x 46 1/2 inches (95.3 x 118.1 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
(Inventory #31534)

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Song Sparrow Song V.3 from the series Answer Music

Mike Glier Song Sparrow Song V.3 from the series Answer Music 2021 Pencil on Arches Watercolor paper with deckled edge

Image/paper size: 26 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches (66.4 x 51.1 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse; Titled along bottom edge in graphite
(Inventory #32476)

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Two Robins Fighting in Free Fall from the series Answer Music

Mike Glier Two Robins Fighting in Free Fall from the series Answer Music 2021 Pencil on Arches Watercolor paper with deckled edge

Image size: 25 5/8 x 18 7/8 inches (65.1 x 47.9 cm)
Paper size: 30 1/8 x 22 3/4 inches (76.5 x 57.8 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse; Titled along bottom edge in graphite
(Inventory #32477)

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The remains of Hurricane Laura passed over our house today. V.1

Mike Glier The remains of Hurricane Laura passed over our house today. V.1 2020 Pencil on Arches Watercolor paper with deckled edge

Image/paper size: 30 x 22 1/2 inches (76.2 x 57.2 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse; Titled lower left in graphite
(Inventory #32478)

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What the blackbirds sang as they massed for migration. V1

Mike Glier What the blackbirds sang as they massed for migration. V1 2020 Pencil on Arches Watercolor paper with deckled edge

Image size: 18 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches (47.6 x 67.3 cm)
Paper size: 22 3/4 x 30 1/4 inches (57.8 x 76.8 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse; Titled along bottom edge in graphite
(Inventory #32480)

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What the blackbirds sang as they massed for migration. V9 from the series Answer Music

Mike Glier What the blackbirds sang as they massed for migration. V9 from the series Answer Music 2020 Pencil on Arches Watercolor paper with deckled edge

Image size: 18 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches (47.6 x 67.9 cm)
Paper size: 22 3/4 x 30 1/4 inches (57.8 x 76.8 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse; Titled along bottom edge in graphite
(Inventory #32485)

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A light breeze through the last of the leaves in November. V6 from the series Answer Music

Mike Glier A light breeze through the last of the leaves in November. V6 from the series Answer Music 2020 Pencil on Arches Watercolor paper with deckled edge

Image size: 18 3/4 x 26 5/8 inches (47.6 x 67.6 cm)
Paper size: 22 3/4 x 30 1/8 inches (57.8 x 76.5 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse; Titled along bottom edge in graphite
(Inventory #32488)

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Thorn and Berry V.7 from the series Answer Music

Mike Glier Thorn and Berry V.7 from the series Answer Music 2021 Pencil on Arches Watercolor paper with deckled edge

Image size: 22 1/2 x 37 1/4 inches (57.2 x 94.6 cm)
Paper size: 26 x 40 1/2 inches (66 x 102.9 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse; Titled along bottom edge in graphite
(Inventory #32492)

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A Grammar of Animacy V.2 from the series Answer Music

Mike Glier A Grammar of Animacy V.2 from the series Answer Music 2021 Pencil on Arches Watercolor paper with deckled edge

Image size: 22 1/8 x 37 inches (56.2 x 94 cm)
Paper size: 26 x 40 1/2 inches (66 x 102.9 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse; Titled along bottom border in graphite
(Inventory #32496)

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Woodpecker Drumming from the series Answer Music

Mike Glier Woodpecker Drumming from the series Answer Music 2021 Pencil on Arches Watercolor paper with deckled edge

Image size: 16 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches (41.9 x 56.5 cm)
Paper size: 20 1/4 x 26 3/8 inches (51.4 x 67 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse; Titled along bottom edge in graphite
(Inventory #32497)

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