I am sculptor, painter, living and working in New York City.
I have been exhibiting abstract, geometry-inspired art in galleries and museums since 1965. After studying art at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, CT, I began a serious and uninterrupted studio practice that continues more robustly than ever today. During the initial few years after my formal studies, I was making paintings and prints, and it was via printmaking that I made my first resolved artworks exploring geometric shapes. This involved cutting and layering the prints that I made, working in a hybrid manner. The shapes that I discovered, specifically permutations of the hexagon, and the depth that I could create both physically and perceptually, became the dominant preoccupation of my work. During the five decades since those initial printmaking experiments, I have been extremely focused on my work, uncovering new possibilities at the intersection of color, geometry, light and depth perception, and in the way they interplay between two and three dimensions over a wide variety of materials. Over the years, the finished pieces have been presented in many forms and combinations as they variously wrap and warp, fold, billow, lie flat, capture the light and challenge perception of depth.
From the hexagon, a trapezoid filtered into my work and has served as a mantra or mandala. By reducing my focus to this one shape, I have opened up worlds of possibility and a seemingly endless source from which I can draw.
In the early years, this study has evolved from paintings and shaped canvases, to objects that protruded from the wall through the use of aluminum and/or paper. During the 70’s, I used cast aluminum and stainless steel to make standing sculptures as well as wall pieces. I have also utilized photography and paper making in my wall pieces to further the potential inherent in the trapezoid.
In 1966 I founded and directed a contemporary arts education business for adults in my community called Gallery Hopping that continued for 25 years. This comprised bi-monthly group excursions to NYC galleries, museums and artist studios. I arranged discussions about contemporary art with gallerists, curators, arts writers and the artists themselves. It’s true success was the immense degree to which the adults attending and I learned over the years. I saw a lot of contemporary art that I admired during those years, and thought deeply about it as a way of opening the minds of the eager participants in the program. I would return from these trips bringing the excitement and inspiration from what I saw into my studio.
From 1992 to 2006, I traveled yearly to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to study paper making at the Belles Artes.
I have received awards from the Society of American Graphic Artists, (A 1965 purchase award celebrating “50 Years of American Printmaking”) The Nassau Community College Purchase Award, Hempstead, NY, (1969,) Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY Exhibition Award(1969) In 1982, I received a Polaroid Corporation grant that included use of 20” x 24” Polaroid camera, film, equipment and technician in The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma. In 2008- 2009 I was a resident at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, “Space Program” Brooklyn, N.Y. I was a 2013 Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Va. I am a resident at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Studio Program, New York, N.Y., 2009-2019. This fellowship is very productive and meaningful.
My work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY., The Anthony Giordano Gallery at Dowling College, Oakdale, N. Y., The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY., A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY., Real Artways, Hartford, Ct., Central Hall Gallery, NY, NY., among many other venues.It has also appeared in group shows at The Brooklyn Museum, OK Harris Gallery, NY, NY., The Musee d’Elysees, Polaroid Collections, Arles, France, The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT., The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY., and the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY., among several dozen other venues.
Among many favorable reviews that I have received, are those written by the New York Times critics David Shirey, Phyllis Braff and Helen Harrison. My work has been reproduced in catalogues produced by the Aldrich Museum, Central Hall Gallery and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum. My work was also reproduced in the hardcover book, “From Polaroid to Impossible: Masterpieces of Instant Photography” published by the Westlicht Museum, Vienna, Austria 2011. Also, in the hardcover book "The Polaroid Project At the Intersection of Art and Technology" published by FEP, MIT museum, and Westlicht Museum, Vienna, Austria in British, German, and American editions 2017. Represented in "The Polaroid Moment" published June 6th, 2017 in FT. Com/Magazine London, England.
My work can be found in more than 100 public collections in the United States and abroad such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY., Museum of Modern Art Print Collection, New York, NY., British Museum PrintCollection, London, England, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, Mass., The Westlicht Museum, Vienna, Austria, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY., Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY., Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY., Hillwood Art Museum, Greenvale, NY., Princeton University Library Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton, NJ., New York Public Library, New York, NY., Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pa., Polaroid International Corporation, Cambridge, Ma., Russ Togs Corporation, New York, NY., J. Leiber LLC, New York, NY., etc.