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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Always awe-inspiring, rugged, and stunningly honest, Italian photographer, Paola Tazzini Cha captures the fluid life of Italian marble quarries and the sculptures and artworks derived from them. We were privileged to feature Paola’s series “Tools” in our Spring 2014 group show at Gallery ABC and recently we asked her to tell us a bit about her education, inspiration, and process behind her breath-taking quarry photos. Here’s what she had to say
This holiday season, give your friends and family the gift of a life lived in stone. These beautiful pieces can be purchased at a variety of price-points and are guaranteed to impress even the most discerning recipients on your list.
On October 29th, we had the privilege of attending a panel discussion at New York’s famed Morgan Library with these auspicious architects and hearing first-hand what it means to create truly innovative homes that respect the architectural history of the individual settings in which they exist. This book is comprised of nearly 400 pages of images and anecdotes and is sure to impress and entertain any design-o-phile. A great gift for the holidays!
Antonio Pio Saracino’s life path was born in a dream 20 years ago. From Italy to New York, Saracino’s journey is inspirational. The ABC Stone family is so proud to be involved with this epic-scale accomplishment.
A pair of heroes now stand outside Bryant Park where they will live indefinitely.