Casey Schwarz: The Poetry of Form




November 2 – November 30, 2013

 A retrospective exhibition of 20 marble, bronze and wood sculptures by Kingston artist Casey Schwarz will be on display at the Arts Society of Kingston throughout the month of November. The Poetry of Form will open Saturday, November 2nd with a reception from 5 – 8 pm.

The artist has been exhibiting his sculpture at the James Cox Gallery at Woodstock and at the Kingston Biennials since 2005. The fluid, sensual “torsoscapes” that Schwarz carves from stone are stunning. His abstract figurative sculptures reveal undulating forms of varied scale and texture. In the tradition of Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore, Schwarz’s modernist female figures evoke the elegant contours of the body and resonate with the energy and dynamics of movement. William Zimmer of the New York Times reviewed Schwarz’s work writing “[his] ‘Torsoscapes’ exploit the lines, curves and protuberances of the human body. The identification of the female body with the earth or the landscape is an ancient one and the works themselves are grounded in Cubism…but within this familiar heritage, Mr. Schwarz shows daring.” His use of natural stone, wood and bronze connect his pieces to the earth almost as though they are emerging out of molten stone. He carefully employs the natural qualities of his materials – color, striations, and surface texture – to enhance the curves and hollows of his figures. His sculptures are at once monumental and masterfully executed, yet delicately rendered.

In addition to solo exhibitions at the Cooper Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, Schwarz and has exhibited at Jadite Galleries, NY; The James Cox Gallery at Woodstock, NY; Galerie Liliane Francoise, Paris, France; The Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH; The Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston, NY; and the Kingston Sculpture Biennial, Kingston, NY.

Casey Schwarz was born to sculpt.  His grandfather, Burt Johnson, worked in clay and bronze and his most notable pieces stand in two New York City parks  – “The Doughboy” in Clinton Park, Manhattan, and “Lest we Forget” in Queens. The young progeny began sculpting figures in clay at age nine and ultimately focused his intentions on reductive carving while attending SUNY Purchase where he earned a BA and then Pratt Institute where he earned an MFA.

His elegant compositions – whether seen in galleries, gardens, biennials or museums – have an interest and beauty when viewed from any angle.  An ardor for sculpting in wood and stone has alternately been called a passion and “a curse.”  Whatever the tag, Schwarz has it.

The Arts Society of Kingston is located at 97 Broadway, Kingston, NY12401

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 1:00 – 6:00

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