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Metal Wall Sculpture Exhibit by Anne Stanner

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January 4 through February 28, 2011

Program Locations:

Ottendorfer Library

Artist Statement:

These sculptural wall pieces are from two different series: “Dreams of Lascaux” and “Mysterious Languages”.

The Dreams of Lascaux series was inspired by the prehistoric paintings found in Lascaux and other caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. We can only wonder at the beauty, fine draftsmanship and rhythms of these mysterious artworks created 25,000 - 30,000 years ago. I cannot say exactly what draws me into these paintings, but I find them compelling. I have not visited the actual caves in that area of France, but many years ago I saw a replica of the Lascaux caves at an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York and have viewed books about them.

The Mysterious Languages series expresses and explores the need to communicate but also the difficulty of understanding. Often meaning is below the threshold of consciousness and we try to make out the meaning with our waking mind. There is often frustration with this, but we keep making the effort. Sometimes the wondering and the attempt is the point, even if we don’t always succeed. These pieces are imaginary writing by other cultures – Arabic, Hebrew, Navaho, and a completely unknown group – which are visually compelling but incomprehensible. Yet we want to be initiated into these societies in order to communicate and comprehend. Even yet, maybe the visual experience is enough.
The pieces are created from sheet steel and banding strips of steel found at construction sites where they once were used to bind bundles of 2 X 4 lumber and other materials. The sheet steel is cut into either regular or irregular shapes with an oxy-acetylene cutting torch and then the banding strips are welded onto the sheets using a welding torch, as a form of “drawing,” to make animal shapes, letters and symbols. Color is introduced with either pastels, oil pastels, or acrylic paints.
 
 
Anne Stanner Bio
             
For over 30 years I have been engaged with metal sculpture and have also worked in other sculptural media, such as clay, plaster, concrete, wax and bronze casting. My metal sculpture consists primarily of found metal objects assemblage, welded together to form masks, semi-figurative 3D pieces, and wall pieces such as the ones in this show. I also carried out a series consisting of geometric curved triangles and at one time worked in ceramics, creating functional plates, cups and other items, sometimes with geometric or expressionistic designs. For the past several years I have mostly been working on naturalistic figurative sculpture from the live model, having become fascinated with anatomy and the expressiveness, grace and rhythms of the human body.
 
I am currently a technical instructor in the Art Students League of NY’s metal program, and in the past taught art in New York City public schools and served as an assistant welding instructor at the Educational Alliance Art School in the Lower East Side.
I was born and grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens and moved to the East Village in 1971. I received a BA degree from Queens College where I majored in English, and later went on to obtain a Master in Fine Arts from The City College of NY. I also studied art, with an emphasis on sculpture, at a number of other schools including: Hunter College; The New School; Empire State College; Instituto Allende in San Miguel d’Allende, Mexico; The Educational Alliance Art School; and the Art Students League of NY, where I received a Merit Scholarship. Over the years, I also received numerous awards for sculpture.
 
I have held one-person exhibitions at the Ellenville (NY) Public Library and Museum, Pace University, Long Island University and the City College of New York. Two-person exhibits include The Brooklyn YWCA and Midlesex County College (NJ). I participated in numerous group shows in galleries and other venues including the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, Pleiades Gallery, Noho Gallery, Broome Street Gallery, 2/20 Gallery, Salmagundi Club, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, and A.I.R. Gallery, all in New York City, and Bertoni Gallery in Sugar Loaf, NY, Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY, Kleinert Gallery in Woodstock, NY, the Kinston (NY) Sculpture Biennial outdoor installation, and Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Conn. I curated or organized group exhibitions at the Theatre for the New City, Third Street Music School, The Art Students League, Pfizer Corporate Headquarters, and a major show for the Sculptors Alliance in April 2010 at the Tompkins Square Library.
 
Professional affiliations include the Sculptors Alliance, Inc. (President), the New York Society of Women Artists (President), and the City College of New York Art Alumni (Treasurer).
 
Contact: annestanner@msn.com website: annestannerart.com
 
 

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