Squire Broel

April 6-August 11, 2019

Squire Broel, Cardinal (version 1)

Squire Broel, Cardinal (version 1). Cast bronze with ebony patina, 72 x 24 x 18 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Squire Broel, The Rift

Squire Broel, The Rift, 2015. Cast bronze, 63 x 14.5 x 14.5 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

related events

Spring Opening Reception
April 6, 6-9 p.m.


The Union Bulletin: WW sculptor’s work featured in Washington, DC, show April 6-Aug. 11

East City Art: Squire Broel’s Totemic Structures at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

A selection of Broel’s life-sized to monumentally-sized totemic bronze sculptures creates space for reflection and contemplation about what it means to be human, be engaged as an individual within community, and interact intentionally with the natural world. In his series of vertically oriented structures, Broel references tangible and intangible notions that resonate universally: botanical and architectural structures, environmental rhythms, physical and emotional solitude. Intentional abstraction creates a generous context for engaging with the sculptures. Allusions to historical references create a sense of timelessness and familiarity, yet the pieces exist outside the rapidly shifting visual language of stylized contemporary aesthetics.

This unique sculptural installation exposes viewers to aspects of the American rural West’s untamed spirit, vast rugged landscapes, and traditions of mysticism. Broel’s intentional decision to live and work in a small agrarian community in the Pacific Northwest provides viewers with a raw vision of inward examinations that relate more to the health of the psyche than to the pop-culture echo chamber. The work is a complex fusion of expressions: longing, melancholy, hope, and contentment.