We had the honor of attending this magnificent evening. See some of the highlights after the break…
ABC Stone sponsors the annual Artist Residency in Carrara through the New York Academy of Art as part of its ongoing commitment to sustaining and promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Of the many creative treatments of this material, traditional carving has suffered a decline of knowledge base during the past century. ABC seeks to address this by pairing young artists with master sculptors for experiential learning through intensive mentoring. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and the millennia-old human tradition in transforming it through highly skilled craft. Whether in Michelangelo’s homeland or in our very own NYC backyard, ABC remains devoted to sponsoring the cultural arts and in particular stone artistry.
The Ark of Return is a multifaceted white marble monument that has a motif of triangles and contains a sculpture of an African man at its center which houses a waterfall representing the tears of the 15 million men, women and children who were sent across the Atlantic as slaves.
The monument was formally inaugurated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Sam Kutesa.
“I hope descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade will feel empowered as they remember those who overcame this brutal system and passed their rich cultural heritage from Africa on to their children,” Ban said.
Rodney Leon, himself a descendant of slaves taken from Africa to Haiti was quoted as saying, “It makes me feel extremely proud that I can play a role and a part in the commemoration of such an important and historic day.”
The design and art website, “We Heart” lauds ABC Stone’s marble exhibition at Gallery 151. Read all about it here!
At ABC stone, we love rocks. We happen to think they are beautiful which is why we are intensely interested in the fluidity of human emotion that can be realized through shaping them. As a means of sustaining and promoting the use of stone as an artistic medium, we work closely with many of today’s foremost sculptors to support and advance this timeless art form. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and the millennia-old human tradition of transforming it as a means of expression and storytelling.
Featuring: SEBASTIAN MARTORANA | BARBARA SEGAL | STEPHEN SHAHEEN | ALASDAIR THOMSON
ON VIEW TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH MARCH 28TH
A child’s first stuffed animal. The tarsal of a saint. A purse that costs as much as a car. Subjects of irrational reverence, they remind us of the precarious contingencies of our desires: what we really value are essences, not properties.
In a radical gesture, Duchamp declares a urinal to be Fountain. With radical intentionality, sculptors Sebastian Martorana, Barbara Segal, Stephen Shaheen and Alasdair Thomson anoint metamorphosed lumps of shells as Shirt, Canvas, Cinder Block, Bone. This is not a Chanel bag. Or is it? Both are crafted and craved for their symbolic capital. Yet there is something phenomenologically different when intention is invested through making, by an aggregate of thousands of decisions and an intense realization process requiring years of training. In an era where machines can produce simulacra in marble for anyone with an idea and a credit card, representation comes with new responsibilities—and new implications, when rendered by hand.
These four artists, whose honed skills seem avant-garde in a scene saturated with externalized modes of production, present confoundingly scrupulous works in marble. It is not virtuosity on display, but virtuosic carving in the service of a fierce intention. Objects of devotion pursued obsessively, fetishizations of fetishes, sculpted fetishistically.
Curated by Stephen Shaheen & Michael Namer
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