Posts Tagged ‘Ben Keating’

ABS of Bronze

Monday, February 13th, 2012

For The Bronze Project at SVA, select students received a grant to study closely with Ben Keating of Keating Studio. In less than one semester, undergraduate students created a digital CAD file, an ABS plastic prototype, and a bronze cast sculpture, all under the guidance of Keating, an artist whose Trenton-based foundry has produced large-scale, material-intensive sculptures for some of New York’s biggest galleries, artists, and estates. (I’m happy to know Ben personally.) Students even visited the foundry to watch the bronze-pouring process.

(l-r) Ben Keating, Suzanne Anker, and Sabine Flach

Ben Keating, "Love Hate," 2001-present

3D rapid prototyping technology is accelerating so quickly that consumer systems are increasingly approaching affordability. Art students will have to contend with this technology. Best is to immerse themselves in it and learn how to “scale up,” both in physical dimensions and materials, while learning what’s required to deliver a bronze sculpture in time for a show. And anyway, it usually takes a patron with deep pockets to cover the production of bronze projects. That means it could be years or longer before art students get hands-on access to bronze.

Next stop: NYC Affordable Art Fair: Laura Murray, "Inheritance," 2012

The Bronze Project sculptures are now exhibited at SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery in Material Magic, curated by BFA Fine Arts Dept. Chair Suzanne Anker.  Photos here are from last week’s packed opening.  Watch for predators!

"I'm a shark, I'm a shark!"

Michael Joaquin Grey, "Autonomic Mother," 1992

Farmers’ Fodder

Monday, August 9th, 2010

“I secretly hope it will become the gay cruising grounds of the Hamptons,” confided a newly vociferous Terence Koh.  (You mean the parking lots in Massapequa don’t are old hat?)  Koh had sworn to absolute silence throughout the two months of fabrication, speaking only by email and Post-Its. It’s no wonder, then, that the priapic, textured totems sculptures planted amidst labyrinthine paths through the field stand like raised limbs and middle fingers: the artist must have done a lot of gesticulating and pointing in the hours spent at the foundry in Trenton run by artist Ben Keating.  But how does one charade “Steel armature, layers of EPS, corn kernels by the thousands, corn silk, urethane, primer…?”   That’s a performance in itself.

Fancy Meeting You Here

Will Koh’s cornfield become the new Pines?  Will the anticipated twilight trysts proceed in mute silence? “Hips or lips, baby?”  Privacy won’t be an issue; I’m told that corn grows to the height of an elephant’s eye.

Double-headed, Two-faced See-saw

At the sunset reception last weekend for Koh’s Children of the Corn, produced by the ambitious Vito Schnabel, shareholders’ daughters played together on the double-headed see-saw while their adult counterparts sipped Sancerre and Rosé, occasionally nibbling on freshly plucked corn.

Fun for the whole family

“It can wreak havoc on your digestive system,” said photographer David Benjamin Sherry, peeling back the husk. “But it tastes so sweet.”

Senior Schnabel, in signature saffron-lensed specs, roamed through the paths scored through the field and greeted local art-world heavies, including artist David Salle, dealer Nicole Klagsbrun, collector Aby Rosen (in a hot ferrari), and the Watermill Center’s Jorn Weisbrodt, accompanied by MoMA’s Jenny Schlenzka and photographer Taryn Simon.

Tommy Girl Donna D'Cruz (l) and Curator Stacey Engman (r)

As the magic hour set in, the towering sculptures glowed in splendid peach and gold, but most beholders’ eyes were already back on the road, pointed to the afterparty and dinner at a beautiful residence in Sagaponack.

The lavish dinner for 200 or so would also toast the Bruce High Quality Foundation, who opened a show at Edsel Williams’ Fireplace Project, and will soon “work with” Bruno Bischofberger, as well. Artist Agathe Snow snow toured her three-week old baby, Cyrus; gallerist Kathy Grayson tugged around her cradle booty boyfriend. Collectors Phillip and Shelley Fox Aarons talked tech with Ben Keating about the bronze editions that would follow from these “original” sculptures. Klaus Biesenbach slipped away for a quick dip in the pool. Cody Critcheloe revealed bits about his upcoming show at The Hole, and Liv Tyler sauntered over to ask for a smoke. The arena rock Venutian looks just as great in person and is nearly as tall as the sculptures.  They’ll be up until the end of September on Mecox Road off Route 27.