Tag Archive | Sculpture

Video: Tim Hawkinson’s Gimbled Klein Basket at Pace Gallery

Artist Tim Hawkinson explores the fourth dimension with his 2007 Gimbled Klein Basket, which creates an analog rendering of an impossible object. With a porous, gridded bamboo structure, Hawkins then recreated the Klein Bottle and suspended it from the ceiling like a Calder mobile, envisioning an object which is at once knowable, and of another dimension. This video was created at the Pace Gallery on W. 25th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District, as part of the Eureka exhibit, which has now closed.

Girl On a Chair By George Segal

Girl on a Chair
All Photos By Gail

George Segal (1924 – 2000) was an innovator in sculpture known for his installations of white plaster figures with ghostly appearances. He depicted the dignity in everyday life, showing people poised at a bus stop, paused before a Traffic Intersection, or conversing on a park bench. Segal’s work also took on political themes such as the Holocaust and gay pride. At the time the Girl On a Chair (1970) sculpture was created, the artist discussed its art historical references:

“The chair is like a ladder with steps, the box is like a house, the girl is like a Greek caryatid holding up the roof…I’ve always liked the hardness and softness combined, this wedding of organic and geometric.”

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum.

Girl on a Chair

Cityscape Fountains By Victor Scallo

City Fountains By Victor Scallo
All Photos By Gail

Sculptor Victor Scallo created this sculpture that consists of four rectangular stainless steel blocks, which are meant to represent nearby buildings in the Financial District.

City Fountains By Victor Scallo

There isn’t any water in the fountain at the moment, but when there is, there are five nozzles (visible in the photos above) located near the surface of the pool that spray water upwards into the air. Cityscape Fountains (1969) stands outside the plaza on 77 Water Street (adjacent to Front Street and Gouverneur Lane).

City Fountains By Victor Scallo

Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents Infra Real: The Art of Imaginative Realism

Bedtime Story
Bedtime Story by Greg Hldebrandt, 2015 (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is currently hosting a huge Myth and Fantasy-themed group show, curated by collector and historian Patrick Wilshire, which fills both of LeVine’s popular Chelsea Gallery District spaces.

Patrick J. Jones Darkdreamer
Patrick J. Jones, Darkdreamer

Infra:REAL – The Art of Imaginative Realism features a variety of paintings and sculptures by the following artists: Allen Williams, Anthony Palumbo, Billy Norrby, Bob Eggleton, Boris Vallejo, Brad Kunkle, Gerald Brom, David Palumbo, Donato Giancola, Dorian Vallejo, Eric Velhagen, Greg Hildebrandt, Ian Miller, Jeffrey Watts, Jeremy Mann, Jim Burns, Jim Pavelec, John Harris, John Jude Palencar, Julie Bell, Justin Sweet, Kirk Reinert, Laurie Lee Brom, Marc Fishman, Matthew Stewart, Michael C. Hayes, Michael Whelan, Patrick Jones, R. Leveille-Guay, Rick Berry, Robh Ruppel, Scott Burdick, Stephan Hickman, Thomas Kuebler, Vincent Villafranca, Virginie Ropars and Wayne Haag.

Imaginative realism is the cutting edge of contemporary realism, combining classical technique with postmodern narrative subjects.

John Jude Palencar Pagan
John Jude Palencar, Pagan

Focusing on the unreal, the unseen, and the impossible, this genre offers visions of humanity’s mythic past, its unexplored future and, in some cases, its terrifying present.

David Palumbo Moon Children
David Palumbo, Moon Children

Just as science fiction serves for many as the archetype of postmodern literature, with its fascination with the “other” and the unknown, imaginative realism brings this same narrative to the figurative arts.

Dorian Vallejo Passages
Dorian Vallejo, Passages

Curator Patrick Wilshire offers that “Infra:REAL is a group exhibition in the most classical sense, presenting the width and breadth of imaginative realism under a single banner. The exhibition features the work artists who share a fascination with the narrative of “What if?” and have a strong connection to the mythic taproot that burrows deep into our collective subconscious.

Lair of the Absinthe Fairl
Laurie Lee Brom, Lair of the Absinthe Fairy

He continues, “[These artists’] technical approaches vary, from academic to avant-garde, but all are among the finest realist artists in the world, turning your vision “infra-real” and giving a glimpse above, below, and beyond the reality that both comforts and restricts us all.”

Here are few of our favorite works from the show!

Gerald Brown Lord Kashaol
Gerald Brown, Lord Kashaol

This one looks like it would be very much at home as part of a Last Rites show. Very scary!

Taken from Moreau's Island 1896

Thomas Kuebler’s Taken from Moreau’s Island 1896 was definitely one of the more popular pieces during the opening reception. I am sure it found its way into many an instagram feed!

Stephen Hickman Moon Gazing
Stephen Hickman, Moon Gazing

This one is just lovely.

Michael Whelan Harbinger

Michael Whelan’s Harbinger rings true to its title, as a desolate intersection, marked by a pendulous traffic signal enveloped in a wasp’s nest, foreshadows the approaching doom.

Michael Whelan Harbinger

Really amazing.

Pseudosapiens By Moonlight

The characters in Pseudosapiens By Moonlight, painted by John Harris, even have their own back-story.

The Red Dragon Tree
Ian Miller, The Red Dragon Tree

Virginie Ropars Gathering
Virginie Ropars, Gathering

Donato Giancola Breaker

And now we come to my very favorite piece of the entire show, a painting by Donato Giancola called Breaker. It looks like an almost typical, stormy sea-scape right? But no, something else is going on here. Something heavy.

Donato Giancola Breaker

Who is this silvery dude and what is he up to? What is he pulling out of the surf? Seriously, WTF is going on here? Holy Cow, this painting is so great. I want to own it.

Infra Real: The Art of Imaginative Realism Group Exhibition will be up Until August 22nd, 2015 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s Two Locations, 529 West 20th Street and 557C West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Infra Real Signage

Modern Art Monday Presents: Marcel Duchamp’s To Be Looked at (from the Other Side of the Glass) with One Eye, Close to, for Almost an Hour

To Be Looked at (from the Other Side of the Glass) with One Eye, Close to, for Almost an Hour
Photo By Gail

Inscribed on a strip of metal glued across the approximate center of this work are the words of its title, suggesting that viewers look through the lens that Duchamp mounted between two panes of glass and haloed in concentric circles. The title of this work, which Duchamp said he “intended to sound like an oculist’s prescription,” tells the viewer exactly how to look at it. But peering through the convex lens embedded in the work’s glass “for almost an hour” would have a hallucinatory effect, the view being dwarfed, flipped, and otherwise distorted.

Meanwhile, the viewer who is patiently following the title’s instruction is put on display for anyone else walking by. Duchamp called To Be Looked At . . . his “small glass,” to distinguish it from his famous Large Glass of 1915–23. He made this work while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he had fled earlier in 1918 to escape the oppressive atmosphere of the United States during World War I. When he shipped it back to New York, the glass cracked in transit, an effect that delighted the artist.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: John McCracken, Violet Block in Two Parts

Violet Block in Two Parts
All Photos By Gail

OK, so this is technically more like a “Pink-ish Thing,” since it’s called Violet Block in Two Parts. But, pinkish is close enough for me! This sculpture by the late great John McCracken is currently on display in the new home of the Whitney Museum, which I’ve managed to visit twice already since it opened in late April of this year.

Violet Block in Two Parts

The grid-like pattern you see on the sculpture’s surface in this photo is a reflection of the gallery’s ceiling.