sculpture

Joy Brown on Broadway

Figures on a flatbed

Figures on a flatbed

Broadway, New York City.

My good friend Joy Brown has been making large bronze castings of her ceramic sculpture and is having a show of them in New York City. Joy has been traveling to China to work with a foundry there for many years and these finished pieces were shipped to the US in a large container by ship and arrived a few weeks ago. There will be a sister show in China opening in a few months.

Forklift on Broadway

Forklift on Broadway

Thinker in crosswalk

We pulled an all-nighter last night helping with the installation which was done by a great outfit out of Bethel, Connecticut: Mariano Brothers.

We started at 10:00 pm and finished at 3:00 am. There were two flatbed trucks, ours with four pieces starting at 72nd St. and working north, the other starting at 168th St. and working south.

Mother and child at 72nd St.

Mother and child at 72nd St.

Many of Joy’s friends came from all over the country and they were joined by a crowd of curious and supportive New Yorkers. It was quite a scene although after midnight as we moved up town only the core group remained.

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 17th there will be a formal “opening” at 11:00 am at the 72nd St and Broadway installation. The show will be up for at least six months, maybe longer. Each setting has a map showing the location of each of the sculptures. It’s a bit of a hike to walk the whole thing but there’s a subway line running under Broadway and the pieces are near enough to stops so they can be easily gotten to.

I’m pooped!

#joybrownonbroadway

Gary Greff’s large scale sculpture

Incredible work. Incredible story.

“With zero experience welding or creating art, Gary Greff began building the world’s largest metal sculptures and placing them along the “Enchanted Highway,” or Highway 21 in Regent, North Dakota.

By 2006, Greff had completed a total of seven mammoth sculptures for the 32-mile stretch of road. All are thematically related to the western North Dakota’s cultural and historical roots. For instance, in one sculpture Teddy Roosevelt dominates the rolling hills, while in another, grasshoppers five times the size of a car feast on golden wheat rising from scoria rock beds.

[via The Kid Should See This]

Tim Prentice

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hearing the artist Tim Prentice do a talk and slide show at an event hosted by my good friend the artist Joy Brown. I’d seen Tim’s work before, one of his pieces hung in the old terminal at Bradley Airport for many of the years I flew through there, but I’d never heard him talk about it. It was a fantastic talk, Tim is a humble, articulate and brilliant guy and many of his references, especially to Russian constructivism and building things up in a modular fashion struck a real cord with me.

It was a wonderful surprise to find out that he lives and works a few towns away from us here so I hope to get in touch with him and get out to his studio at some point.

Joy Brown’s recent ceramic sculpture

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture

Kent, Connecticut. I did some photo work for the artist Joy Brown who’s a good friend of mine. I’ve been doing this kind of work for her for many years and it’s wonderful to have such a great working relationship as well as a close friendship. Many times one of these will get in the way of the other but in fact, we’ve made it work well. No doubt part of the reason is that she’s a fine person who does exceptional work that’s a joy (pun) to photograph.

These pieces are out of the wood fire she did in her large anagama kiln this summer.

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture