2011-09-09 / Community

14 Sculptors Exhibit In A Closet


“Artist Wearing a Black Hood,” sculpture by Esther A. Grillo of 14 Sculptors, now on exhibit on Governors Island through September 25. Materials: black rubber, wood, copper, lacquer, pencil, paint pens, feathers. “Artist Wearing a Black Hood,” sculpture by Esther A. Grillo of 14 Sculptors, now on exhibit on Governors Island through September 25. Materials: black rubber, wood, copper, lacquer, pencil, paint pens, feathers. 14 Sculptors, a group of artists that has exhibited at the galleries of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, is displaying work in a unique exhibit titled “Head to Toe – Self Portraits,” on view through September 25 in the equally unique setting of Governors Island. The group’s membership includes Esther A. Grillo, who created the extraordinary Wave Shelter murals that grace Shore Front Parkway.

As Allan Cyprys, a spokesperson for the group, points out, sculptors don’t usually do self-portraits. And many of the members of 14 Sculptors work abstractly. So, in “Head to Toe – Self Portraits,” the group has chosen to represent themselves, using a variety of modern materials, by expressing their inner feelings, dreams, fantasies, emotions rather than their outer appearances. For example, Cyprys, in “Portrait Head – The Builder,” expresses the essence of the artist as a sculptor/ builder interested in angles and lines. Using paper, he folds the cut out shape of his head to give it added dimension and space, then gluing images of steel rods and glass, Cyprys forms his abstract face.

Presented by 4Heads, “Head to Toe” is on exhibit in an intimate setting at the Governors Island Art Fair 2011, located in Building 12, Section E, first floor. Making the exhibition even more intimate – a closet in the space; a kind of pleasant surprise for the viewer to discover – ingeniously used by the group to display miniature sculpture, each no larger than 36 square inches.

Hours for the exhibit are Friday 11-3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11- 6.pm. For the Governors Island ferry schedule: http://govislandblog.com/summer-ferryschedule/ The ferry is free. Governors Island, as described by Cyprys, is an experience in itself. Taken over by the city government, the goal has been to make it a place to serve the community with presentations that include concerts, art exhibits, children’s activities, even bike rentals for bike trips on the island. Views include the Brooklyn Promenade, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. The marina for the ferry to the island is next to the marina for the Staten Island ferry. 14 Sculptors Gallery was a landmark in SOHO that was founded 37 years ago as one of the first galleries specifically devoted to contemporary sculpture. Learn more about the group at www.14sculptors.com

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