Greg Reuter, Texas Sculpture Group
From Corpus Christi, Texas
Making sculpture for me is a slowly moving evolutionary process. The desire to grow, learn, and discover is the fuel that feeds this evolution. Over the years I have been thinking about the role of the sublime in art. I feel that it is the sublime that unites us and elevates culture. To extend this line of thought into my work I have been exploring the use of nature and form in the pursuit of beauty.
Recently I was asked what I wanted to leave behind as a sculptor. My response was that I wanted to bring people closer to the feeling they might have when beachcombing and they find themselves drawn to an object. To me, that moment of discovery is sublime. Through my sculpture, I am trying to create that sense of joy of discovery.
An idea that leads to a body of work can be sparked by seemingly insignificant events. I strive to be open and receptive to the world around me and to take time to examine carefully those fleeting moments that catch my attention.
It is my hope the viewer will be inspired by these works and will feel a sense of joy and discovery.
Greg Reuter earned his BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts, was awarded an MFA in sculpture and ceramics from the University of Hawaii, and in 1978 joined the faculty of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi teaching ceramics and sculpture. He has shown nationally and internationally, his work is represented in numerous private and public art collections, including the Art Museum of South Texas, and he has lectured in Mexico, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
In 1988 Greg’s sculpture was featured in the gallery scene of the Hollywood movie D.O.A. and he enjoyed his role as an extra in the movie. In 1993 Greg’s work was included in the exhibition Texas Between Two Worlds which opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and traveled to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and AMST. In 2015 Greg traveled to Tokyo and showed his work at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. During two stints at the Atelier Haus Hilmsen, Greg created sculptures which were exhibited in the Monchskirche Museum in Salzwedel, Germany in August 2017.
For the last twenty-five years, much of Greg’s sculpture making has been inspired by the beach at Padre Island National Seashore. He has used the textures and trace fossils found at the beach to create a variety of forms in bronze. Recently he has worked on a series of iron sculptures cast in Houston at the Keen Foundry. During his years living in South Texas, Greg has created and collaborated on a number of public art pieces including five for the city of Corpus Christi and two for TAMUCC.