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Exhibitions

Sculpture Park

The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park @ ROCA, founded in 2005, is the only outdoor site in Rockland County that hosts rotating exhibits of sculpture. The Sculpture Park provides artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale artworks and conduct workshops. RoCA invites the community to interact with the art in this outdoor environment, which encompasses over 10 acres adjacent to the historic Buttermilk Falls.

The Park features sculptors with international, as well as, regional reputations. Audio tours are available onsite using smart phones, and below on this page. The park is open to the public free of charge, 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.

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 Jacques Jarrige Kinetic Sculptures at RoCA : CURVES #1, #2, #3

The Rockland Center for the Arts presents new work by Jacques Jarrige. 

Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) is pleased to collaborate with Piermont Straus Gallery in Piermont, NY, and the Valerie Goodman Gallery in NYC to present the sculptural works of French artist Jacques Jarrige. 

Jacques Jarrige has created a site-specific work for RoCA’s outdoor Catherine Konner Sculpture garden.  The event which opened with an artist reception September 23rd, will be on display from September 23, 2017 until June 30, 2018.    

Entitled CURVES #1  the main piece evokes the surface of a frozen wave captured in hand wrought aluminum placed in a naturally formed apse of three trees – a sculptural expression of energy flow, light and nature.  Four additional hand hammered aluminum sculptures incorporating the kinetics of wind and sound vibration, CURVES #2 & #3 will be installed in the path of the sculpture park. 

Jacques Jarrige’s work over the last thirty years has always focused on the dialogue around the relation of person and objects. In all of his endeavors from sculpture, to design and fabrication of objects for the home, to independent artistic interventions; he has sought to find a balance between disparate qualities of artist, viewer, and object.  

In each medium, a sensual, often hesitant line strives to embrace an elusive volume. The tension between minimal solid shapes and expansive open space is at the heart of his three-dimensional expressive drawings in which he feels it is the medium that dictates his every move. At the end with the artist’s process retained in the object he invites the viewer to freely continue the dialogue. 

There is also the kinetic element:  the line itself already embodies a searching, an almost trembling movement, feeling its way into emptiness, unguided by any preliminary sketches.  Jarrige’s sculptures tend to perform a balancing act like dancers.  A sense of instability, as well as actual motion, inflects their decisive physical presence with a gestural expressiveness and subject to the lightest air movements.

Jarrige has been exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design’s “Loot 15” show in 2015 and a large WAVE at Pullman Hotel during Art Basel Miami in December of the same year.  His work is in the collections of Mobilier National and the Musee des Beaux Arts in Orleans and numerous private collectors.

Piermont Straus Gallery will be showcasing his drawings, sculptural jewelry, miniatures and documentation of process.  Gallery Owner Valerie Goodman will open her home in Piermont to present the interior design work of Jacques Jarrige.

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Sculpture in the Woods On view in the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park @ RoCA
Free to the Public
In partnership with Collaborative Concepts, 12 regional artists will site sculptures on RoCA's new nature trails. Inspired by the natural habitat of the lower Hudson Valley, the sculptors pay homage to the creative spirit that lives right here in Rockland. On view through April 30, 2018.
Saturday, May 20: exhibitions on view 10:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, May 21: Opening Reception from 2:00-5:00pm.
Opening reception events include: artist talks, tours of the exhibition and a drop-in Wood Sculpture Workshop for Families from 2:00-4:00pm ($10 per person).

Sarah Haviland - "Spirit of Place"
My recent works explore human-bird personae, recalling mythological winged figures related to the soul. Inspired by stories and images from many world cultures. My sculptures strike a balance between abstract form and female identity. Rooted in gesture, these simplified figures embody layers of distilled emotion and archetypal presence. They acknowledge contradictions, combining strength and subtlety, movement and stability, ancient and contemporary outlooks. Often referencing historical images of women, my works also investigate habitation, place, and the environment. The sculptures range from intimate to large scale, created with a range of materials such as wire mesh, steel, resin, bronze, and found objects.

Barbara Galazzo and Carol Flaitz - "Yoga Bird"
Yoga Bird was a study in creating large mosaic sculpture as fantastical creatures.  Yoga Bird is based on a bird in the woods, wings outstretched, embracing the sun in the Yoga position of the balancing Tree.  His form is enhanced by the bright glass over cement and steel.  A collaboration of Barbara’s glass works and mosaics and Carol’s bird drawings.



Michael Natiello - "Red Neck Gong"


Jim Lloyd
– Conflicted Arc


Winn Rea -  "Displacement/Flow:  Third Wave"
Displacement/Flow: Third Wave is third in a series of site-built sculptures capturing the inter-dependence of human society and nature.  Chairs represent human susceptibility to the forces of nature embodied in tree branches.  The title consciously co-opts references both to third wave feminisms and the 1967 Ron Jones educational experiment that proved how quickly a society can slip into fascist behaviors.


Herman Roggeman - "The Elders"
The Elders are made of agave plants that are woven together, used for packing materials and shipped around the world.  Through their travels around the world, as packing materials, they have gained a lot of wisdom and are coming out of the woods to share that wisdom.


Peter Schlemowitz  - "Green Lighting"
A shape playground of blue, yellow, red and purple joined by green lightning supported by a counterpoint abbreviated linear grid structure, an addition to this sculptor’s linked forms linear series sculptures.


Andre Voumard - Stone Marker
In ancient times tribes would create markers to find their way in the wilderness.

Chuck von Schmidt - Nomme de Terre II
I am fascinated by Mother Earth and all Her diverse expressions of life, especially the human species. When I present something in a way that is different from its intended purpose, I hope to invite the viewers to see something they had not recognized before. I always try to see the humor in life.

Thom Joyce - Solitudes Gift
My sculpture is as much about the process, welding, fabricating, and casting, as it is about form and its relationship to nature. The details I pay attention to are: what is the piece doing in the space that it occupies, has it has captured my sense of wonder and exploration, and is there a esthetic value that I have a strong connection to. Creation is the key, the guiding light that moves each piece, dictating what will be where and how it will relate to the parts next to it. My work is about my enjoyment of life and the fulfillment creating gives my soul. And I hope the public receives and understands my joy.


Nicolae Golici - Allotropes
I For a long time I have been exploring ways to create new structures by using the same sculptural elements organized  in various ways.  When I found out about Allotropy, I understood that this was a system used by matter to achieve different  material qualities. – Allotropy or allotropism is the property of some chemical elements to exist in two or more different forms, in the same physical state, known as allotropes of these elements.  “Allotropes I,” represents one of the ways of organizing the same sculptural elements. The work is covered in graphite, as an allusion to Carbon, the chemical basis of all known life. The physical properties of carbon vary widely with the allotropic form.

Denis Folz - Nailed It
Nailed IT, it involves a  direct relationship with the land and mankind. There has always been a harsh interaction with the land to better our needs.  We take it for granted that our land will always provide. The nails symbolize the human presence on the landscape. The seed symbolizes how nature will fight back to keep existing.  A Japanese burning technique was used to burn the tree trunk.

Jodi Carlson - Arcs on a Base
I weld large abstract and semi-abstract metal sculptures.  Lately I have been interested in exploring the forms of circles and arcs.   Arcs on a Base (2015) uses arcs from a child’s metal bed frame.  Color is used as playful punctuation.


Susan Buroker - Legends


Jo Ann Brody - Totems/ Bones
These women are the continuation of a years-long series started in clay at least 20 years ago and set aside for the past 10 years. Previously the figures massed together were exhibited as installations in Kyoto Japan as Women Forest. Now in cement, the women are pared down even more. They have grown from about 18 inches to around 60. The rough forms are an immediate response done rapidly over a period of just a few days just as the much smaller clay figures were. The resulting iconic forms suggest bones, totems, trees. The cement women now live in a forest, hiding among the trees.  The origin of the image is biblical “She shall be a tree of life unto them.” Most of Brody’s imagery relates to family and fertility; 98% of Brody’s images are women forms. Some are earth mothers, full figured and lush; some, like these, are elongated and minimalized.


John Allen - Wishful Thinking

John Allen’s deceptively simple conceptual sculptures will make you laugh out loud and then do a double-take when your mind starts whirling with implications.  Wishful thinking is an indulgence (delusion, roadblock, etc.) that we all indulge in much of the time.  I wish it was sunnier, or less rainy, or more rainy, quieter, quicker, less expensive, slower, sweeter, easier, and so on, ad infinitum.  It is something that goes on as mental background music virtually all the time.  Human beings share this in common; it is one way that we are all alike. That doesn't make my piece good art or maybe art at all but it is something; and the wording is accurate.  Referring to transitory thoughts by engraving in stone is not intended irony; it is meant to be helpful.

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Bernard Klevickas

Untitled (red assembly) is a culmination of exploring the transformation of a flat plane into a curved surface. The red panels, identical in shape and size, are arranged in two configurations, resulting in an undulating pattern of concave and convex forms. The tiles are then suspended at a tilted angle by a tree-like network of pipes, with one tile resting near the base as if it had fallen like a leaf from an autumn tree. This sculpture is part of a continuing body of work in which I delve into spacial qualities of surface devoid of volume through waveform shapes.

 

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Jodi Carlson

Circles and Arcs.  I weld large abstract and semi-abstract metal sculptures.  Lately I have been interested in exploring the forms of circles and arcs.   Circles and Arcs (2016) is made from repurposed trampolines.  Color is used as playful punctuation.  

 

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Eric David Laxman | The Bump in the Road

Mixed Media: Found metal objects Steel & Stone10'H X 6'W X 6'D 2015

In our life's journeys we often encounter obstacles that threaten to disrupt our balance and equilibrium.
This sculpture is a metaphor for our daily struggles and
the ability to persevere in spite of "The Bumps In The Road." I want the assorted parts of this composition to seem precariously balanced and on the verge of collapse. - EDL

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Eric Stein

Eric Stein
Is a sculptor that works primarily in steel. Designing and fabricating large scale sculpture for interior or exterior locations. Specific, site specific, commissions are very welcome. Most of the images are of models for future fabrication. Any model may be commissioned full scale.

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 Martha Friedman

Martha Friedman
Waffle, foam, urethane resin, aluminum and paint, 2008, $40,000

Waffle was created as a project of the New York Public Art Fund and was originally displayed at Metrotech, Brooklyn. Friedman was born in Detroit and educated at The Art Institute of Chicage, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Yale University. Her work has been included in group exhibitions internationally and she has had solo exhibitions in Detroit, Chicago and New York. She is represented by Wallspace, NY.

www.wallspacegallery.com