politics of space
politics of space, an exhibition curated by Ginger Andro, Caroline Bergonzi & Colin Chase at The Plaxall Gallery, investigates the insistent dynamic connecting sculpture, politics and space. The exhibition examines lingering concepts of space as an abstract, neutral dimension, challenging this assumption through a range of compelling sculpture and mixed-media works. politics of space features works created by over 40 member artists from both the Sculptors Guild and the LiC-A (Long Island City Artists), curated by an experienced team of artist-academicians in Andro, Bergonzi & Chase.
Whether evoking “negative space”, “empty space”, or “blank space”: the term “space” is frequently combined with psychologically charged words. As a result, space itself becomes a concept rarely free from association. This holds true of sculpture and mixed media work as well: formal aspects of a sculpture demand physical space while concurrently sparking new spaces of inquiry and consideration on social issues. Participating artists in “politics of space” utilize a variety of materials to comment on the psychological weight of sculpture and its ability to evoke vulnerability and strength, permanence and ephemerality. Sculpture can also indelibly transform public space such as the installation in 2017 of Fearless Girl, a sculptural counterweight to the long-standing Charging Bull in Manhattan’s Wall Street. A poignant marker of the watershed moment of #metoo and the burgeoning demand for women’s rights, Fearless Girl serves as one of innumerable historical examples of sculpture marking a space for dialogue and resistance.
Artists exhibiting in “politics of space” include MARK ATTEBERY, RICHARD BARNET, MEG BLOOM, NANCY BRUNO, ALBERTO BURSZTYN, ZORAN CRNKOVIC, IRENE CHRISTENSEN, ADRIAN DiMETRIOU, KAREN DIMIT, ROSANNE EBNER, LILIAN ENGEL, JEAN FOOS, JON GARFIELD, JANET GOLDNER, GAIL GOLDSMITH, NAOMI GROSSMAN, LANNIE HART, LUCY HODGSON, EVE INGALLS, HOWARD KALISH, STEVE KELTNER, ELIZABETH KNOWLES, CONRAD LEVENSON, THEA LANZISERO, ROBERT LOEBELL, ELAINE LORENZ, VERA, MANZI-SCHATCHT, GLENN MARLOWE, ELIZABETH MILLER McCUE, LISA E. NANNI, TERESITO PAEZ, JESSICA RAMIREZ, SAWYER ROSE, BONNIE ROTHCHILD, JANET RUTKOWSKI, EMIL SILBERMAN, HISAYASU TAKASHIO, BRIAN TURKOWSKI, ROUSKA VALKOVA, ANDREW WERBY, EDJO WHEELER, MICHAEL WOLF.
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The mission of the Sculptors Guild is to promote, encourage, and serve as an advocate for sculpture and to make contemporary sculpture a relevant part of the cultural experience.
The Sculptors Guild was founded in 1937. The founders were at the forefront of American Modernism rejecting the staid conventions of traditional figurative art. Their primary objective, as stated in an early exhibition catalogue was: "to unite sculptors of all progressive aesthetic tendencies into a vital organization in order to further the artistic integrity of sculpture and give it its rightful place in the cultural life of this country."
Sculptors Guild actively continues its mission today as a not-for-profit organization based in New York City with a professional membership of acclaimed sculptors of diverse aesthetics. The primary goal of the organization remains the promotion of sculpture and sculptors through exhibitions and educational outreach programs.
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politics of space
Sunday, November 11, 1-4pm
On View: Nov 8 to Dec 2, 2018
CLOSING RECEPTION DANCE PERFORMANCE:
Politics of Space, Dance with Sculptures
by Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre / Billy Blanken
Sunday December 2, 2:30pm
LIC-A/ The Plaxall Gallery
5-25 46th Avenue
Long Island City , NY 11101
Phone: (347) 848-0030