8.29/ LIM: Art Al Fresco — Tour and Q&A w/ Artists — Sept 17

Art Al Fresco

Tour and Q&A with outdoor artists at LIM

On Sunday, September 17 at 2 p.m., visitors are invited for a tour and Q&A session with the artists currently featured on museum grounds.  The program features sculptors Gwen Marcus and Fitzhugh Karol, and artist Carol Hummel (left), whose crocheted trees  have been dazzling passing motorists on 25A for the past two years. This program is free with regular museum admission.

Born and raised on Long Island, Gwen Marcus is a New York City-based sculptor who has long been fascinated by the human form, often conceptualizing and sculpting her unique figures in an arrested state of motion. Marcus studied with prominent figurative sculptors Clemente Spampinato and Bruno Lucchesi, training at New York University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Students League of New York, and the National Academy of Design. For this work, Marcus completed a classical bronze figure colliding with the wind. Here, the artist has replicated her original with a fabricator using cast resin and material to recreate a patinated bronze-like finish. She summarizes her efforts below:
“In conceiving The Tempest, I sought to combine my interest in the human form in direct conflict with intense natural forces. The Tempest places the powerful, idealized male figure in direct opposition to the forces of nature.  His raised hands and expression convey the intensity of the struggle at the exact moment they meet.” 
Hooked@LIM: the crocheted tree project was conceived by artist Carol Hummel of Cleveland, Ohio, and achieved with the help of more than 200 community volunteers.   Artist Carol Hummel has created successful public art installations similar to this one in Switzerland, Norway, India and at multiple venues in the United States, including her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Her work draws communities together across boundaries. As she says, “this is artwork for the people, by the people.” It involves bringing together people of all types in a celebration. It is inspirational to all who work on it, see it, live with it…crochet-ins bring people together in a positive way during which new friendships are formed and relationships are built.” Hummel holds an MFA in sculpture from Kent State University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has been artist-in-residence at many institutions.
Fitzhugh Karol’s Pulse is a set of five large wood carvings, each created from a single pine log and coated with tar. Karol’s initial education was done in sculpting with clay but without access to a kiln after graduation, he began working with wood. His abstract sculptures contain silhouettes of landscapes both real and imagined, and reflect the natural world and how humans have reshaped it over time.
Long Island Museum
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures.  Regular museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and older, and $5 for students ages six to17.  Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  For more information, call 631.751.0066 or visit the museum web site at www.longislandmuseum.org.

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