Cynthia-Reeves Projects to Host WAVES AND PARTICLES Reception, 6/26
Cynthia-Reeves Projects will present Waves and Particles, an exhibition of six kinetic sculptures by American artist, George Sherwood. The show is in conjunction with the Hudson River Park Trust, and will be installed along the Greenwich Village section of Hudson River Park between Charles and Horatio Streets in New York City, from May - November, 2014.
Sherwood's work continues Hudson River Park's dynamic presentation of public art, combining contemporary sculpture and site-based installation in a stunning setting along the water's edge.
Sherwood explores aesthetic systems of space, time, and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion. The choreography of each piece is governed by a set of basic movements, facilitated by an arrangement of aerodynamic surfaces connected by rotational points. His work is usually made of stainless steel, which has reflective qualities that integrate the sculpture into its environment. Wind speed and direction, shades of light, time of day, precipitation, and seasonal color transform the sculpture. The location adjacent to the Hudson River affords the optimal conditions for his work, given the reflected light from the waterway.
The artist comments about his work: "Each sculpture is a three-dimensional painting of shifting light, drawing all the colors of the environment, pulling down the sky, drawing up the earth and gathering everything in between. Quietly, gently stirring the light, each is alive: no beginning and no end."
A key work featured at Hudson River Park is Wave Cloud, which was on view previously in Boston. The entire disc, which is mounted on a tall stem, shifts in the wind; its movement is augmented by the riffling of wave-like elements on its surface, which mimic the play of light on water.
Recently, Sherwood has been engaged with installations of wall-based works for siting indoors, with elements so finely pitched, they respond to the slightest currents of air. Their subtly shifting surfaces of reflected light and color animate the surrounding environment. Recently, the artist installed a wall-based project measuring almost 20' in length, commissioned specifically for a prominent New York building.
Sherwood's initial interest in the art of movement began while attending the Hartfort Art school during the 1970?s. Drawn to and inspired by physical theater groups such as Mummenschanz, Pilobolus, and The Celebration Mime Theatre, he developed a theatrical performance consisting of large animated props, sculptures and masks that were physically manipulated by the artist. After earning an engineering degree from the University of Vermont in the 1980?s he turned his focus to Concept Development for LEGO Futura, the Research and Development arm of LEGO. Working with advanced technologies and as a liaison with the MIT Media Lab, he was part of a team that helped develop preliminary concepts leading to the creation of Mindstorms and Virtual LEGO construction software. It was during this time that he was introduced to the wind powered sculpture of George Rickey, a pioneer in kinetic sculpture. A growing passion to create his own sculpture led Sherwood to pursue this as a full time career.