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Albert Paley: Forging Sculpture

Albert Paley is an internationally acclaimed artist who has continuously pushed the boundaries of his work, its process and materials through several contexts. He emerged in the mid-1960’s as an artist goldsmith and by the end of the 1960’s he became involved with the forging of steel. He is a long-standing leader in the metal / sculptor arena where he is widely recognized for evolving blacksmithing into the realm of public art and commissions.

Albert Paley: Forging Sculpture incorporates recent works Paley has completed in the forged process alongside earlier pieces and drawings. Included in this exhibition are several sculptures completed  at Steneby, The School of Craft and Design at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and other smaller works that exemplify his mastery of the forged technique. Exquisite drawings completed for finished works show the depth of his process, taking the idea from two to three dimensions.

Forging steel in a form of plasticity and pliability, Albert Paley deals with the transformational change of the material through tapering, swaging, splitting, upsetting and punching. The result is sculpture developed of organic form analogous to processes seen in nature such as the development of organic form in response to gravity with the emphasis on transition through the quality of line.

Albert Paley: Forging Sculpture  expresses Paley’s commitment to the material, method, form and subject. Visitors will experience a body of work that represents the interplay of line and expressive vitality through the dynamism that exists between rational thought and emotional expression, geometric and organic form, and the ancient technique to the art nouveau aesthetic.

A recent review of the work while on display at the National Ornamental Museum in Memphis described the work as follows:

The sculptures were not planned but improvised by Paley and his team in response to the potential of material and process. The result is a sense of playfulness that seems paradoxical considering the brute force and dynamic power that the pieces present.” posted in GoMemphis by Frederic Koeppel (Aug. 2, 2012)

ABOUT ALBERT PALEY

Albert Paley is an internationally acclaimed artist who has continuously pushed the boundaries of his work, its process and materials through several contexts. He emerged in the mid-1960’s as an artist goldsmith and by the end of the 1960’s he became involved with the forging of steel. He is a long-standing leader in the metal / sculptor arena where he is widely recognized for evolving blacksmithing into the realm of public art and commissions. He is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect. Based in Rochester, New York, he remains an active artist. Paley has completed over 60 international public and private site-specific works including the ground-breaking Portal Gates for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. His works can also be found in several museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum and British Museums, London.

ABOUT THE TRAVELING EXHIBITION

The eight week traveling exhibit includes a total of 10 sculptures and 9 drawings, both past and present, including several recent sculptures Mr. Paley completed at Steneby , and a fully illustrated catalogue of the Steneby residency . Note that the works will need to be displayed in an indoor gallery. Venues will need to supply pedestals for display. Label copy and wall text will be supplied for venue fabrication. Mr. Paley can be available to host sites for gallery talks and discussions about the work.