Artist Ursula von Rydingsvard’s wood sculptures and installations. All carved by hand and worked physically by the artist.
Ursula von Rydingsvard has sculpted using cedar wood for the last thirty years and, despite having become allergic to it, the 70 year old continues to use it.
Michelle Segre (Faculty) @ The University Art Museum, SUNY Albany
"Antecedents of the Astral Hamster"
June 27 – September 14, 2013
For over twenty years New York-based artist Michelle Segre has produced idiosyncratic sculptures and drawings that continue to elude easy categorization. Earlier work from the 1990s included meticulous wax enlargements of giant fungi and richly imagined ink drawings of fissured landscapes that suggested something biological, yet unfamiliar. In a recent turn toward gestural abstraction, Segre constructs freestanding assemblages using reworked armatures and recycled materials from older works in combination with rocks, milk crates, papier-mâché, colored yarn, and plaster. Underlying it all is an improvisational goofiness that is matched by a well-versed formal rigor with such art historical references as Surrealism and Arte Povera. This exhibition will present new sculpture alongside earlier work offering a fuller reading of Segre’s experimentation with new forms and her intuitive, highly personal approach to materials.
Opening Reception-Thursday, June 27th5 -7 pmUniversity Art Museum, Fine Arts Building, UAlbany1400 Washington AvenueAlbany, NY 12222
Images from http://derekeller.com/michellesegre_work.html
“When Kurt Cobain was alive he was known as the mysterious, quiet rocker. When he died he was known as a depressed drug addict. Kurt Cobain didn’t use drugs because the drugs used him. I don’t think anyone who knew him personally saw him the way the media portrayed him. Did the media ever mention that after a show was over he would sit in the tour bus and write back fan mail? He would try to answer at least thirty letters a night. In 1993, the media never reported the story of Kurt Cobain visiting a fan who wrote him [Kurt Cobain] a letter and asked him to come see her before she died of Cancer. They [the media] never forgot to remind everyone that he had demons though. Don’t listen to what you might have heard from the media. Kurt Cobain loved every single fan he had. He just couldn’t deal with being put on a pedestal that he was constantly afraid of falling off of.”
thru Feb 22:
“Ain’t Dead Yet”
Fitzroy Gallery, 195 Chrystie St., NYC
Drew Conrad’s sculptural ruins of familiar domestic interior and exterior spaces propose a physical and mental space. Each architectural element is constructed and deconstructed with an idea of a certain moment yet without a final and fully realized plan; each decision informs the next. New and found materials such as laths, shingles, damask wallpaper, lights, and household oddities are distressed by hand with rust, debris, stain and sediment.
Johan Creten - The Rock (2010)
The works of Johan Creten seem to have escaped from fables, fairy tales and symbolistic wonders. They borrow from the Renaissance grottos, where the artifice of nature reigns, from the Mannerist style of Arcimboldo and Bernard Palissy, and also from the «cabinets decuriosité» that he reproduces in his highly esteemed exhibition in 2008 at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.
Le Rocher, 2010 from the series « Odore di Femmina » is renewed from the theme recurrent in his work since 1986 of the «femme fleur». This immense bronze bust measuring 2m75 and weighting nearly a ton, finished with a black patina and forming a multitude of flowers, suggests the female vulva, and is situated at the entrance of the gallery. Thought-provoking, this sculpture carries within its breast a hive of gilded bronze waiting to receive an active swarm. Like an abundant and buzzing fruit, she looks desirable and unattainable.
Exposición de Ron Mueck en la Fundación Cartier.
Ron Mueck esculpe seres humanos. Este afamado escultor hiperrealista construye sus figuras con materiales sintéticos y pelo natural, y tiene la facilidad de representar seres solitarios y enigmáticos, de un detalle sobresaliente. No por nada se ha hecho un lugar entre los artistas más cotizados de la actualidad.
Ron Mueck exhibition at the Cartier Foundation.
Ron Mueck sculpts humans. This hyper renowned sculptor builds his figures from synthetic materials and natural hair, and has the ability to represent enigmatic loners in outstanding detail. No wonder he is among the most sought-after artists today.