RAIN OR SHINE—IN OR OUT
MAY 7 TO MAY 12, 2018
RAIN OR SHINE — IN OR OUT
An Exhibit of Bronze and Wax Sculptures About Our Times
NEW YORK CITY, NY (Wednesday, April 18, 2018) – From May 7 to May 12, Peruvian-born New York Sculptor, Oscar Garcia, will present “Rain or Shine—In or Out,” an exhibit showcasing the Wax and Bronze work of more than 30 New-York–based sculptors, also known as “The ASL Bronze Artists.” Opening reception is May 8, 2018, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery (second floor of The Art Students League of New York—see details below).
The title of this exhibit, “Rain or Shine—In or Out,” is a commentary on resilience and endurance. Inspiration for this show comes from human nature and is also a nod to the nature of bronze, a material known for its durability indoor or outdoor, rain or shine.
“The ASL Bronze Artists come from every corner of the globe. Some of the work is satirical, some is a celebration of positive energy, joy, even vulnerability,” says Oscar Garcia. “We chose themes open enough so artists can express what they wanted to communicate, what was important to them.”
About Oscar Garcia and the ASL Bronze Artists
Mr. Garcia, a figurative and abstract master sculptor known for his environmental art and his creations out of organic materials, is also an expert in bronze work. Over the years, he has been commissioned to execute a number of public works as well as sculptures and reliefs for several churches. Mr. Garcia holds a BFA and an MFA from the Escuela de Bellas Artes del Peru and studied Metallurgy and Materiality at the Universidad de Lima.
Twice a week, Mr. Garcia meets with the ASL Bronze Artists at the Art Students League of New York where he mentors the group on sculpting in wax and bronze. Mr. Garcia and his group cast bronze through the “lost wax process,” a method dating from the 3rd millennium BC.
For this group, Bronze is a preferred medium not only because it is corrosion-resistant, resilient, and stronger than stone but also because it is carvable and weldable, allowing artists to bring their vision to life in its finest details. It takes on a delicate and powerful form, as it captures movement and emotions, emanating life-like energy.
ASL Bonze Artists (alphabetical order)
Cecilia Campeas Broillet
Gaelle Hintzy Marcel
Mary Ann Moy
Trudi Mara Schleifer
TITLE: RAIN OR SHINE—IN OR OUT
—An Exhibit of Bronze and Wax Sculptures About Our Times
WHEN: May 7- May 12, 2018
WHERE: The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
At The Art Students League of New York
215 W 57th St, 2nd fl., New York, NY 10019
Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday May 8, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
The Art Students League of New York
215 W 57th St, 2nd fl., New York, NY 10019
About the Art of the Lost Wax Process
The artist covers the wax sculpture with a mix of plaster, silica, sand and water forming a mold that is then baked slowly. If the original sculpture is large, it is divided into sections to be individually cast so that each part better retains its shape. As the temperature rises, the mold hardens and the wax melts away, leaving a hollow cavity in a hard shell. The molten bronze is then poured into the mold and left hardening in an exact replica of the one-of-a-kind wax sculpture. Thirty minutes later, the mold is chipped away to reveal the new bronze sculpture. Once all the casting is completed, the separate parts have to be fitted together, welded, sometimes carved or bent, and smoothed. A patina is usually applied at the very end to alter the color of the surface and prevent further metal oxidation.
About The Art Students League of New York
A legendary community of artists, the Art Students League of New York (ASL) was founded by artists in 1875 and has been instrumental in shaping America’s legacy in the fine arts. Yes, Bourgeois, Hirschfeld, Nevelson, O’Keeffe, Pollock, Rockwell, Rothko, and recently departed Rosenquist have practiced their art here, along with numerous other prominent artists. Today’s artists at the League share the same passions that those greats brought to their art.
Dedicated to Non-Conformity
The League was created by artists breaking away from the National Academy of Design. That independent spirit remains at the League today, where artists pursue their work unconstrained by dogma, politics or burdensome tuition. The format of ongoing monthly studio classes allows artists to work and explore their art at their own pace, exchanging ideas and learning from other prominent artists who have a range of artistic philosophies.
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