June 28 – October 26, 2014
Paton|Smith|Della Penna-Fernberger Gallery
Fred Beans Gallery
Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden and Outdoor Sculpture Program
Quakertown artist, Steve Tobin, received international acclaim for his massive work, The Trinity Root, at St. Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan, NY. During the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the chapel had been partly shielded from damage by a 70-year-old sycamore tree. Tobin created a bronze sculpture of the tree's stump and roots that has attracted millions of visitors and is permanently sited on the corner of Wall Street and Broadway. In museum and gallery installations around the world, Tobin has exhibited work in metal, glass and other media - works he describes as "monuments to the meeting of science and art." Tobin has pushed the limits of every material he has touched. Wondrous nature, order versus chaos and cause and effect are central themes of his amazing sculptures, enabling his works to resonate across a wide variety of audiences.
While Tobin was first known for his glass work, in recent years epic sculpture in bronze and steel has been the focus of his attention. Specifically, he has evolved his most famous Roots to stylized and graceful linear elements. This exhibition will feature several large scale sculptures outside the museum walls and the 15' high Steelroots sculpture soaring within the Martin Wing. These will be supplemented by more intimate examples in a variety of colorful patinas ranging from three to six feet high. Brush drawings in Japanese Sumi ink on rice paper that work through his ideas, and video interviews conducted world-wide will be incorporated in the galleries. In addition, an installation of Tobin's early glass work, illuminated from within, will be an elegant complement to the strong steel and bronze compositions.
The exhibition will be augmented by numerous programs, including lectures and gallery talks, organized visits to Tobin's Quakertown studio, and contemporary dance by regional performers inspired by the graceful lines of the pieces.
This project is curated and organized by the Director and CEO of the Michener Art Museum, Lisa Tremper Hanover.
Out of this World: Works by Steve Tobin is generously supported by Visit Bucks County and an anonymous friend of the Museum.
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