Bronze Sculptures 'Bended Knee’ and 'Perseus' Come to Clifton Sculpture Park
The Clifton Arts Center presents “Unveiling Two New Sculptures for Clifton Sculpture Park” by sculpture artist, Ed Smith on Saturday, May 13th at 1:30 pm. There will be a Meet/Greet opening from 1pm-4pm. The gallery’s visiting days open to the public are Wednesdays through Saturdays 1pm-4pm. Note: General Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am-4pm. Call the Arts Center office for more information at: 973-472-5499. Please note the holiday closing dates are Monday, May 29th, and Tuesday, July 4th.
Ed Smith is currently a professor of art at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, New York, and a fellow of The Royal British Sculptors Society. His collected works can be found in The Brooklyn Museum, The Hood Museum, The Albright-Knox Museum, and many other public and private collections in the United States and abroad. He is also the gallery director of Marist Venice Biennale Program.
His work is primarily involved with mythic and heroic aspects of the artist and man.
The bronze sculptures of “Bended Knee’ and “Perseus” are full of impulse, portending action, and they elicit storytelling. They are on extended loan in memory of his wife, Pamela Smith. They depict something happening. The sculptures seem to be stopped in time, like artifacts struck by lava. They are heroic, recalling the awesome strength of heroes and angels. Smith says, “Art is about … ideas and people,” adding that he’s seen enough of pretty pictures. “Art should tell the story of how man should live,” and for his inspiration, he turns to ancient thought and myth about people’s relationships with their gods. Of the sculptures, Smith writes, “I model the sculptures directly in wax. And the patina choices are very important. I work on them a great deal with the foundry. We go through models, drawings, and tests to get the different colors and then once we know what we are doing we ‘push’ it as much as possible to get to a place where surprises occur.
Smith's work has been written about and reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, and many other publications. He has received many awards and honors including, National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, Ford Foundation Grants, and NY State Council on the Arts.
The Clifton Arts Center is located on the grounds of the Clifton Municipal Complex, near the Well Water on Well Road. Admission fee suggestion is three dollars. For more information check the websites at:
www.cliftonartscenter.org or www.cliftonnj.org.
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Press release via: Roxanne Cammilleri, Director, Clifton Arts Center & Sculpture Park /City of Clifton