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The Durst Organization and Navila Group Announce the Opening of the Exhibition "The Newton Creek Series: Abstract Sculptures Built Up Directly In Concrete" by James Dinerstein at the Wall Street Journal Building Lobby Gallery, 1155 Avenue of the Americas(October 17, 2011)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 10/17/11 --
Reception for Artist: Thursday, October 20th, 2011
On View: October 17, 2011 - November 26, 2011
Monday - Sunday
10AM - 5PM
At a time when most things happen at the push of a button, creation is defined by combinations of zeros and ones which conform with the digital frontier, and a new social etiquette that demands immediate gratification, Dinerstein's abstract sculpture reminds us of the importance of reconnecting to methods of molding and forging materials into objects with our hands, processes now almost defunct. The resulting forms reflect our humanity and hold the power to transport us into the landscapes of our minds.
Dinerstein's work grows equally from his involvement with modern abstract sculpture and his feeling for ancient art. On one hand, he aims to restore to abstract sculpture the resources of plasticity and mass, and on another, to capture the spiritual weight and potency he experiences in archaic forms.
This new series of sculpture, built up directly in concrete, can reward an observer's prolonged and focused viewing. It aims to create a kind of palpable chamber music, a gesture of form and space, surface and incised drawing, revealed through a deep chiaroscuro. The individual pieces communicate with one another and reveal a visual language as richly abstract and directly expressive and accessible as music -- plastic motifs are announced and answered, transformed and repeated in different rhythms and scales, in ways comparable to musical counterpoint, a kind of sculptural polyphony.
"... astonishing fulfillment of the possibilities of their form... sharing the sensibility of the most vital American art since the 1960s..." [His sculptures] "seem archaic and modernist at the same time. In other words, they are original. We can account for them, but only so far."
Louis Menand, Cultural Critic for The New Yorker,
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard
Dinerstein graduated from Harvard and studied with Anthony Caro and William Tucker at St. Martin's Art School in London.
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