Jonathan Price Installs Major Sculpture At New Broad Art Museum
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by BWW News Desk
CYNTHIA-REEVES announces the permanent installation of Jonathan Prince's VESTIGIAL BLOCK at the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The monumentally sized sculpture is one of three currently on display as part of the museum's Sculpture Garden, surrounding the Zaha Hadid designed museum in East Lansing. The Sculpture Garden also features works by Roxy Paine and Steve Miller.
The bequeath represents a six figure gift from the donors Julie and Edward J. Minskoff, whose acclaimed collection of 20th and 21st century art includes works by Jeff Koons, Jackson Pollack, Roy Lichtenstein and Willem De Kooning. Mr. Minskoff is the President and founder of Edward J. Minskoff Equities, a New York-based real estate acquisition and development company headquartered at 1325 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. Part of the Minskoffs' impressive art collection is on view there, and at 590 Madison Avenue - the former IBM building, another Minskoff property. Included in the collection is another work by Jonathan Prince, Light Box, a black granite cube perforated by tubular negative space on all six sides.
VESTIGIAL BLOCK, another work exploring the cube, was first exhibited at the Sculpture Garden at 590 Madison Avenue as part of Prince's Torn Steel exhibition. The series' principal theme explores "interrupted" iconographic forms through oxidized and stainless steel surfaces.
Additionally, Prince's newest work, G2V, is on view at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza outside of the United Nations in New York City, and two earlier works can be seen at the Christie's Sculpture Garden at 535 Madison Avenue. The artist has a mini-retrospective of his black granite sculptures and functional art is on view at ABC Stone in Brooklyn.
In commenting on his shift from stone to steel, Prince says, "Steel is...an additive process; segments can be attached to the core material. As such - I am very excited by the notion that one can penetrate space by the additive process of steel fabrication in ways that could never be done in stone carving, where the sculpture's entire mass must be present in the initial stone block. This is actually the reason I was initially interested in exploring steel as a medium. A point of interest in my work is the idea that even though the steel work was created in an additive fashion, the sculpture has often been reduced from the complete form or geometry." This contradiction in apparent form and process is shown to great example in Vestigial Block. Click here to preview installation video.
To download the exhibition catalogue, please click here.
Charles Ginnever: RASHOMON
Noted American sculptor, Charles Ginnever, opens RASHOMON, a 15-piece installation at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, beginning November 17th 2012, through February 16th, 2013. Viewed as one of Contemporary Art's most prolific and ardent sculptors in the realm of minimalist abstraction, Ginnever's premier exhibition in California features one of his signal works, Rashomon, (1993-1995) in patinated bronze.
Known for his vanguard work in welded steel, found objects, and bronze, Ginnever creates works that can be viewed anew from virtually every angle, embracing and exploiting the possibilities of sculpture in the round. In Rashomon, the artist provides fifteen versions of the same form, each positioned in a way that reveals the sculpture's visual potential. The piece was titled after the famous Kurosawa film that tells the same story from four different perspectives.
Ginnever's RASHOMON "slips from whatever mental grasp of it a viewer may have won whenever it is placed in a new position. [His] intention for Rashomon is as elemental as its design. In a society in which the integration of space and time is consigned to the realm of idea rather than that of direct physical experience, the work proposes to return human perception to its original state." (Kenneth Baker, Charles Ginnever: Rashomon)
Ginnever began his in career in the 1950s, but came to a seminal moment when discussing the philosophy of sculpture with his peer, Mark Di Suvero. They were admiring of the force and newness of abstract expressionism in painting, and determined that the world of sculpture needed a similar revolutionary approach.This marked a departure for both artists from direct modeling, to creating sculpture that arises from the materials and, further, which emphasizes an expression of the form in space. His peers in this movement include Eva Hesse, Walter de Maria, John Chamberlain, among other noted sculptors.
Ginnever's work has been exhibited at the most respected sculpture venues in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Storm King, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Grounds for Sculpture, The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum, The Smithsonian, The Walker Arts Center, The Seattle Art Museum, and Lynden Sculpture Park, among others. Many institutions include his work in their Permanent Collections.
The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is located on South First Street in San Jose, California - (www.sjica.org).
Soo Sunny Park: VAPOR SLIDE
SSVT (South Stratford, Vermont) VAPOR SLIDE, a complex and beautiful site-based installation by Soo Sunny Park, opens in the Wainger Gallery at the Cranbrook Art Museum on Friday, November 16th. The artist will give a talk on Friday, open to the public, at 6:00 p.m.
Park's large-scale installation, SSVT (South Strafford, Vermont) VAPOR SLIDE (2007), is a monumental work that achieves both an ethereal presence and the sense of an integrated environment.
Made of quotidian materials-chain link fence, plastic cups, paper clips, river rocks-Park brings these seemingly innocuous materials together in an unexpected and imaginative way, crafting a dazzling environment of diffused light, suspended canopies, and a rhythmic patterning of light and dark.
At once rigorously structured and impossibly fragile, the work transforms the space of the gallery into a subtly shifting perceptual experience that is visceral, tactile, and, surprisingly, emotional. The use of chain link fence, a conventional boundary demarcation, is employed here to create an inviting space, rather than being used as a means to impede access. In so doing, SSVT (South Strafford, Vermont) VAPOR SLIDE becomes a spellbinding meditation on the interstitial spaces we encounter every day and the myriad possibilities hidden within.
The artist created the work in response to the undulating, snowy hills of South Strafford, Vermont - a new landscape given her childhood in Korea and in the south. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she moved to the United States of the age of eleven and grew up in Georgia and Florida. Park is a 2000 alumna of Cranbrook Academy of Art's Sculpture Department, and is now a tenured profession at the Studio Art Department of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Before studying at Cranbrook, she received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio.
Click here to preview installation video from the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum exhibition, 2012.
Soo Sunny Park currently is preparing for a retrospective that will open at Rice University in Houston, Texas in April 2013, immediately after her installation closes at Cranbrook.
The signature work included in the Rice University exhibition is traveling from an exhibition at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
This same installation, Capturing Resonance will be on view at Art Miami in conjunction with Cynthia-Reeves as a special public art project from December 2 - 6, 2012, in the Wynwood district of Miami.
The Cranbrook Art Museum is located on the grounds of Cranbrook Academy at 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
For more information on the exhibitions at Cranbrook, Rice University, or the special public art installation at Art Miami, please contact the gallery at 212-714-0044 or visit the online gallery at Cynthia-Reeves.com.
CYNTHIA-REEVES is pleased to announce their participation in the upcoming Art Miami International and Contemporary Art Fair at the Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, Florida, December 4 - 9, 2012. (Booth #C37)
Available new works by International Artists include:
Details to follow in the coming weeks - look forward to seeing you in Miami!