The Shoaling by William Durkin
Through October 30, 2022


The Shoaling is the culmination of William Durkin’s lifelong love of the water and its inhabitants. An assembly of nearly 40 dynamic, glimmering sculptures compels us to take a closer look at the beauty of our oceans, rivers, and lakes—and the great perils they are facing. 

Durkin began working on this collection of artworks more than 15 years ago. Over time, he has honed the process of collaging found items including chopsticks, silverware, and vintage buttons, with intricate detail, into exquisitely bejeweled sculptures. In the words of the artist, “People get intimately involved with my pieces because the visual requires investigation, a full investigation. At the right distance a fish might appear to be a painting, but up close they’re three-dimensional sculptures and people want to figure how they were made. It is very rewarding watching the work sublimely taking hold with onlookers. Especially to observe their empathetic consideration and insight gained of the beauty and bounty of our endangered seas, oceans, and rivers.” 

The artist has had a lifelong connection to the subject matter. Born and raised in San Francisco, Durkin later moved to New York to begin a career in the restaurant industry. He saw first-hand the effects of climate change and over-fishing on our oceans, stating, “I witnessed the decline of one species after another in the Fulton Street Fish Market and in my travels. I’ll never forget what I’ve seen and studied. It filters through me and fuels my artwork with the ever-hopeful emotion of engaging all people in the saving of our oceans, our life source.” 

Artist reception will be on Sunday, August 21 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Please click here for more information.

The Shoaling is on view  from June 7 to October 30. Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM except when closed for private events. Please visit reeves-reedarboretum.org/visit/ to confirm gallery hours. 

Questions about this exhibition? Call 908-273-8787 ext. 1010 or email m.foehrenbach@reeves-reedarboretum.org

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