To honor the sculptures produced by the recipients of the 2016 Artist Residency in Carrara, New York Academy of Art students, Jiannan Wu and Brice Esso, ABC Stone held a celebration in its colorful Brooklyn warehouse.
As aerial acrobats entertained guests with their graceful maneuvers overhead, below were enjoyed dozens of new sculptures, from the hyperrealist sculptor Robin Antar, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Alasdair Thomson, Michael Kukla, and Barry X Ball among others.
Brice Esso is a perfect example of a contemporary Renaissance Man. Born in Cote d’Ivoire in 1991, his childhood was filled with experiences that helped shape his sensibility for art and culture. Although his family had different expectations for him, he decided to travel abroad to pursue his college degree in America. While completing a Bachelor’s degree in business, Brice reconnected with his passion for visual arts. It is at New York Academy of Art that Brice continues to develop his skills as a sculptor.
Jiannan Wu is celebrated as a young artist specializing in sculpture and drawing. Born in 1990 in Dalian, China, Jiannan started to learn painting and drawing at the age of seven. From 2009 to 2014 he studied sculpture at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and graduated with a BFA. He works in both sculpture and drawing, and is interested in the relationship between image and sculpture. In his creative approach, he uses the combination of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional sculptures—the perspective effect of pictures is utilized in his sculptures.
ABC is honored to have had the opportunity to further the education of these promising young artists. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and millennia-old tradition of transforming it through highly skilled craft.
Entertainment provided: Adair Moran Aerialists
Lighting: Ken Farmer & Kyle Garner of Wild Dogs International
Music provided: DJ Leecy T
Photography: Elliot Goldstein
Culinary delights: Halcyon Gourmet
Photobooth fun: Mashbooths
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On April 20th, The Carrara Residency celebration and unveiling was held at ABC Stone’s Brooklyn showroom and warehouse to honor the 2015 recipients of the Merit Award, Marco Palli and Joshua Henderson.
Trained in Civil Engineering and Business administration, Marco Palli has always seen the world in a mathematical way. A multidisciplinary artist, Marco found his way to sculpture after pursuing in-depth explorations into music and literature. Palli describes his creative process as “Meditating about happiness.” At this year’s celebration, Marco unveiled his sculpture Transparent to transcendence, which he characterizes as a conceptual self-portrait. “The piece revisits my own culture,” he says, “exposes my roots as a Catholic man who has perhaps lost his own identity.”
Joshua Henderson was born in 1986 as one of seven siblings, in a small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. After studying art at Southern Utah University, and receiving his BFA in 2013, he attended the New York Academy of Art, where he received an MFA with a focus on sculpture. He is a two-time recipient of the Carrara Residency Merit Award. 1st Witness, which was unveiled at the celebration, is part of a series of ten stone carvings which he describes as, “expressing the two-sided nature of things that brings us comfort.”
Other esteemed artists on view included Barry X Ball, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Michael Kukla, and Alasdair Thomson.
We would like to thank Wild Dogs International (www.wilddogsinternational.com) for the spectacular projections and lighting they provided, the band ZS (www.zzzsss.com) for the stellar performance and DJ set, Elliot Goldstein (www.elliotgoldstein.net) for perfectly capturing the festivities with immense style and aplomb, and our amazing wine sponsor for the second year running, Maison Belle Clare (www.maisonbelleclaire.com).
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 design and art website, “We Heart” lauds ABC Stone’s marble exhibition at Gallery 151. Read all about it here!
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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