ABC Stone Presents “Radical Intent” at Gallery 151

ABC WORLDWIDE STONE PRESENTS:

RADICAL INTENT

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

For more photos: http://on.fb.me/1IF0EMj
  • Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana

    Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana

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  • Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana
  • Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Details. Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Bones by Stephen Shaheen
  • Chanel No. 5 by Barbara Segal
  • First Steps by Alasdair Thomson
  • Birth Stone: Little Lamb by Sebastian Martorana
  • I Heart New York by Alasdair Thomson
  • Soft Steps: Baby Steps by Sebastian Martorana
  • Cinder Block by Sebastian Martorana
  • Cathedral Dress by Barbara Segal

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