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Emphasis on Sculpture - July 2011

July 2011 All-Media Exhibit with an Emphasis on Sculpture
Juried by Twylene Moyer
July 7 - August 1, 2011

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm; Awards at 7:30 pm.

Joan Tarbell Plato, Honoring. Winner of the July 2011 Larry Kirstein Award.

Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler

Twylene Moyer, writer and the Managing Editor of Sculpture magazine, was an exceptionally thorough and thoughtful juror. She carefully combed through the submissions, and tried look at everything twice. “I’m not trying to weigh one genre or style against another – I have to evaluate each work for what it is. As a juror, you try and determine the artist’s intent, and evaluate whether or not they were successful,” Moyer said.

“It’s important to me for a two-dimensional piece to hold up close up and from a distance.” Strong technique, line quality, and light were stand-out qualities in the successful pieces. She noted that there was a terrific sense of light among the works that were submitted and accepted. She felt that the photography in particular was outstanding.

“The sculpture submitted ranged from traditional figurative works to assemblage. I went through and edited my three-dimensional selections many times. Like the two-dimensional work, I’m not trying to compare apples to oranges – I’m trying to get a good sense of what the artist was trying to accomplish and then determine, if they were successful. Is the work high quality?”

Moyer noted that, with the three-dimensional work, she paid particular attention to the treatment of the base. “The base of a 3D piece needs to be integrated into the form – it can’t just be a platform, it needs be a part of the form. An overwhelming, mismatched, or poorly chosen base is akin to an overbearing or mismatched frame or mat – it detracts from the piece.”

“I would have liked to see more scale differentiation among the 3D work. I was surprised at the amount of academically oriented figure sculpture – it would have been nice to see more artists branch out and for their work to become more personalized.”

Moyer was attracted to the two top award winners from early on. She awarded the Kirstein Award to Joan Tarbell Plato for “Honoring,” a mixed media piece. “The good color, interesting surface (I’m a sucker for textures), and evocative quality of image drew me to this piece. You can sense the richness of the surface immediately and from a distance.” The Monkith Saaid Sculpture Award was awarded to Noah Williams for “Lizard.” “This is a very creative use of materials. You can tell that this artist has a real commitment to detail, process, and craft. This piece has a real charisma.”


Awards: The Larry Kirstein Award ($125) is given in honor of Art League student and supporter, Larry Kirstein – an artist, art appreciator, and collector. Larry was a philanthropist in many ways and active in local charities. His career began in residential planning, then he moved to clinical therapy, and then he later found his voice in art.

Monkith Saaid Award for Sculpture ($500). Saaid was a sculptor of The Art League and won awards at our Washington Square Sculpture exhibit. His family established this award after his death as a way to thank The Art League for giving him the opportunity to show his work.

For a complete list of artists in this exhibit click here.
Click here to view the works in this exhibit on Flickr.



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