Timothy Segar: Character Development

May 1 - November 1, 2019

This exhibit consists of steel sculptures on view outside the museum (May 1 – November 5, 2019) and works on paper displayed in the South Gallery (June 22 – September 23, 2019).

Displayed in BMAC’s Sculpture Garden through November 1, 2019, Tim Segar’s three-dimensional work is powerfully built and pulsing with vitality. His sculptures are formal and additive and, although abstract, are not without meaning. They may evoke metaphysical and cultural associations with their gestural nature and the dynamic interplay of open/closed, positive/negative, rooted/free; but these objects are nevertheless complete in themselves. Arranged in clusters they seem to assume individual and group characteristics.

Segar’s two-dimensional works on paper, on exhibit in the South Gallery, are not preparatory drawings for his sculptures; they are fully realized works in their own right. They reveal sculptor Segar’s artistic preoccupation with the massing of forms and his exploration of oppositional forces. The accumulating shapes develop organically and pulse across the paper surface as deeply satisfying abstract compositions, each retaining the energy of the artist’s hand in every mark and gesture.

— Mara Williams, Chief Curator

My practice as an artist has hinged on the dynamic between my two-dimensional works and my three-dimensional objects. The two represent parallel imaginations, linked in their references to forms and spaces but wholly separate in their dependence on gravity.

In the drawings and paintings, I can loosen the bonds of physical weight and balance that the sculpture must respond to. In both, the metaphors revolve around the interaction of individuals in groups and conglomerations and the drama of active forms. In recent work, the role humor plays in these interactions has become more obvious.

— Timothy Segar


Photo Gallery


August 1, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Timothy Segar