On the evening of August 19th, ABC Stone, in partnership with the New York Academy of Art and curator Peter Drake, hosted the tenth annual sculpture exhibition in celebration of The Carrara Merit Residency Scholarship. The exhibition featured 25 sculptures from 16 artists and provided a necessary and ongoing platform for the amplification of a culturally and ethnically diverse group of artists which reflects the world through their distinct lenses.
Guests were invited to wander through a lush, six-acre property in the heart of Sag Harbor that had been transformed into an other-worldly, sculpture-infused labyrinth. The pieces were grouped thematically and curated into separate vignettes as a comment on society and the state of our world today.
As in previous years, the works on view were augmented by performance art, music, and interactive video elements.
In continuing the exhibition series and the Carrara Residency program, ABC aims to honor its ongoing commitment to promoting and sustaining the use of stone in artistic practice and play a role in the continuance of this millennia-old art form. Now in its 11th year, the Carrara Residency Merit Scholarship is among the most popular Residencies and garners the most diverse pool of applicants among the MFA students at the New York Academy of Art. The honorees are selected by a group of architects, designers, artists, and magazine editors who meet with and interview each applicant in person.Read Full Post...
As a work of publicly displayed art, Jago’s Veiled Son will offer a new iconic symbol for the city of Naples. The work is inspired by the famed Rococo sculpture the Veiled Christ (1753), of Giuseppe Sanmartino. It will sit in a public space in Naples. Jago’s Veiled Son will lie within walking distance of Sanmartino’s masterpiece, which is housed in the Cappella Sansevero. Veiled Son will be the first public art project of the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina (also known as Museo MADRE), whose general director, Andrea Villiani, is extremely enthusiastic about Jago’s work and this milestone in the Museum’s history. Villiani, also a widely published art critic, has curated exhibitions for internationally acclaimed artists working in a diverse array of styles, including Daniel Buren, Mario García Torres, Boris Mikhailov, Elaine Sturtevant, Mark Leckey, and Alighiero Boetti.
Jago is an eclectic artist and sculptor, whose works are distinguished by their technical mastery, expressive exuberance, and vigorously in-depth psychological characterizations. Drawing on his study of the great renaissance and baroque masters, his work is born of continuous research of material, and thematic synthesis within a complex cultural and conceptual framework. Jago’s ability to manipulate stone, making it soft and alive, and turning it into flesh, has earned him comparisons to the great masters; Bernini, Michelangelo, and Da Vinci. Nicknamed the Social Artist, Jago has succeeded in breaking the wall that usually exists between artist and audience by engaging admirers of his work via social media (he currently has more than 52,000 followers on Instagram, and 250,000 on Facebook). Within this, he has effectively lifted the veil as he allows his followers to witness the creative process behind his works. Jago’s sculptures have been on view throughout Italy, at renowned museum and galleries such as Galleria Montrasio, the Venice Biennale, and in Rome at Museo Carlo Bilotti. For Habemus Hominem, his sculpture of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI undressed after his resignation, he was awarded the Holy See’s “Pontifical Medal” in 2012.
In 2009, on a commission from the Vatican, Jago created a bust of Pope Benedict XVI. He depicted the prelate with concave eyes after the style of the master sculptor Adolfo Wildt, who portrayed Pope Pius XI in a similar style, in a work now preserved in the Vatican Museums. After being told by the Vatican that the Pope did not approve of the likeness, and that the work would be rejected as it was, Jago exhibited his sculpture at the Italian Pavilion of the 2012 Venice Biennale, where it was finally seen by the Pope himself, who awarded him the Holy See’s “Pontifical Medal” that year. When Benedict resigned the papacy in 2013, Jago returned to the sculpture, stripping the bust of its papal vestments, in a process of “undressing,” and the result was Habemus Hominem. He sought to infuse the work with a sense of human frailty, and to brand it with the markings of age, to represent Benedict’s return to the status of a mortal.
The idea for the Vergine Bambina (Virgin Child) was born and developed as a statement against corruption, as it takes on the form of conception without sin, represented by a naked body showing its pregnant form as a symbol of purity. This will be realized by Jago sculpting a block of Vermont Danby Marble approximately 16 feet tall and 7 feet wide. This will be the second piece the artist realizes in American marble as part of his partnership with ABC Stone and the North American Sculpture Center.
Growing up with five siblings in a Pacific Northwest United States family that supported exploration, multicultural exposure, knowledge of current world affairs, creativity, scientific and religious education, Olympia, WA-based sculptor Ross Matteson’s life has always included some form of adventure and imaginative experimentation. In 2016, Ross purchased 1,600 pound custom cut block of Belgian Black marble from ABC Stone. His aim: to create on commission a large plate-shaped sculpture depicting a duck hunt.
After familiarizing himself with the particular species of duck endemic to the area in which the finished sculpture would be displayed, observing and taking thousands of photographs of the bird, and consulting with duck hunters, Ross set to work on his project. Using both CNC and traditional sculpting tools, he produced his sculpture: Peregrine’s Plate.