January 14, 2010 - February 19, 2010
Thursday, January 14 (6-8pm)
Long Island City, NY - AES Gallery is pleased to present the work Various Amusements by Portland, Maine based artist Alex Sax. Inspired by Gertrude Jekyll's book, Children and Gardens, first published in 1908, Alex expands on her historical fiction project Menagerie Recovery featuring mixed media cast paper and bronze animal sculptures.
Jeykill (1843- 1932) was a British gardener, artist and author on garden design. In 1891, her failing vision moved her to focus on gardening. She wrote "perhaps you will say that the lawn is not the sort of place where you expect to meet with adventures. Well, perhaps it is not, and yet such odd and unexpected things happen on it, things that are so deliciously thrilling."
Alex's Menagerie Recovery project installations focus a connection to a specific historical figure, with animals representing aspects of that person's accomplishments and significance. She is inspired by the tradition of the traveling menagerie - collections of exotic animals displayed throughout Europe and the United States in the 17th to early 20thcenturies. Her exhibitions present recently recovered, rare and endangered species. The animals are remnants of the bygone era that predated the modern zoological garden. They are small and intimate, based more on memory than on observation, and possess a haunting presence that is at times almost human.
Each stage in her sculptural process introduces a new material, and adds a richness of surface and character. She sews the animals in fabric then fills the forms with cotton. The stuffed fabric is pulled out from the cast paper, and the cast paper is used for a direct burnout to cast in bronze. As the materials changes, the previous form is lost. The animals become highly individualized through this transformative process.

Her installations include exhibits at "The Cobweb Club" at the Portland Museum of Art; Portland, Maine, "Material Matters," at the Whitney Art Works: Portland, ME; "Altered Realities", Westchester Community College Gallery: Valhalla, NY, and "A Shift in Scale," at The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University: Fairfield, CT and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Weir Farm.
Alex received a BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and recently completed a commission from the City of New York for a permanent installation of cast bronze turtles and a mosaic at an elementary school in Ridgewood Queens, New York.

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44-02 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
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This exhibition is presented by Modern Art Foundry and RT Restorations:
Modernartfoundry.com / Rtrestorations.com