Lockdown in 2020 proved a catalyst for sculptor John Van Alstine to reconsider themes long dominant in his art. This exhibition draws from among over sixty small scale sculptures in bronze and stone created during the pandemic-imposed isolation at his studio on the banks of the Great Sacandaga River in Wells, New York. In these intimate works, he honed the synergy between man-made materials and natural forces—motion, balance, inertia, gravity, tension, and erosion—that he has articulated throughout his fifty or more years as a sculptor, and expressed through allusions to the ancient myth of Sisyphus, celestial navigation, the human body in the form of Juggler, and in industrial shards and urban forms.
Listen to John Van Alstine discuss his work.
This exhibition is part of the 2021 Renz Family Season of Hope Exhibition Series.
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