The Henry Gallery at Penn State Great Valley
Open to the public: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania: Made of Steel
Gallery Reception Opening: Thursday, January 30, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Industrial Paintings by Klaus Grutzka and
Steel Sculptures by Chester County Art Association Artists Steve Blackburn, Karen Delaney, and David Haines
Klaus Grutzka was an artist in the style of Industrial Precisionist, whose vision of geometric forms and architectonic style translated to paintings of a sharply defined, austere, and simplified form. Disengaged from sentiment and stripped of non-essentials, Precisionists sought to express the essence and exact order of America's Machine Age. Grutzka's paintings and photographs are reflective of the Precisionist style, but are often a synthesis of abstract expressionism and essential form. His paintings can infer an organic nature, which injects symbolism to his work and demands reflection from the observer.
In 1961 Grutzka relocated to the United States where he continued his work as an accomplished artist and publisher. Among his myriad subjects were Lukens Steel buildings and equipment in which he captured the power and purpose of America's industrial heritage. Before finding a home at the National Iron & Steel Museum, his art has been featured in exhibitions throughout the northeast United States, including a prestigious one-man show at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution whose mission is to promote an understanding of the iron and steel history of Coatesville, Chester County, southeastern Pennsylvania and the region to audiences of all ages and interests by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting iron and steel's history and its relationship to the region, and nation beyond.
Steel Sculptures by Chester County Art Association Artists Steve Blackburn, Karen Delaney and David Haines
The mission of the Chester County Art Association (CCAA) is to be a source of inspiration, creativity, and community by connecting artists, students, patrons, and the wider community to and through the arts. CCAA was founded by several prominent artists and community leaders including renowned illustrators William Palmer Lear, N.C. Wyeth, and Christian Brinton, an internationally known art critic and early promoter of the Modernist art movement. CCAA offers classes for children and adults with individual, group, and member exhibitions year-round at their three locations. For more information on CCAA or to sign up for email announcements, visit www.chestercountyarts.org.
"My artworks are inspired by architecture but don''t necessarily refer to any particular type of building. This is because the sculptures develop more out of my fascination with form, space, line and material than a need to represent something from my experiences. In this way they are non-representational, and the next sculpture I create is a result of the things I learned in the previous sculptures I've made. I have endless ideas, and am whole-heartedly devoted to creating this stream of brand new representation." ~Karen Delaney
"Three-dimensional constructions, my sculptures are the sum of smaller parts, melding found objects and welded steel, each element added to evoke a whimsical and light emotion rather than serious contemplation. Some works may suggest a recognizable form or creature, but overall, the simple geometric shapes of my sculptures, oftentimes highlighted with splashes of color, are intended to amuse and intrigue. Emphasizing design over fit and finish, my focus is on shape and form." ~James Stephen Blackburn
"In my work, I seek to shed light on the internal condition. For me the word and the form enter into a symbiosis which provides the viewer with a new context." ~David Haines
Many Things Considered:
Works on Paper & Works in Wood
Exhibit Opening and Artist Talk by Mark Sfirri: Thursday, March 27
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Exhibit Opening/Meet the Author, Henry Gallery
7:00-8:00 p.m.: Mark Sfirri: Artists Talk, Musser Auditorium
Woodworker Mark Sfirri continually blurs the line separating woodturning from sculpture. Sfirri, who earned both his bachelor and master of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design, was heavily influenced by his mentor Tage Frid, who encouraged Sfirri to use his primary tool, the lathe, in new and creative ways. Sfirri uses the lathe to create conventional bowls and spindles, which he then manipulates using multi-centered spindles, and a series of crosscuts; the resulting pieces combine concave and convex surfaces with curvilinear contours. “As a furniture maker and sculptor much of my work centers around the wood lathe-turned object. Turned pieces, sometimes turned on several different axes, have allowed me to explore form in a spontaneous, mathematical, creative way.”
Well-known for his bold composition and meticulous attention to detail, Sfirri has collaborated on individual pieces with numerous other artists, including Michael Hosaluk and painter Robert Dodge. He has taught at Bucks County Community College since 1981 as an associate professor of fine woodworking. Sfirri has published numerous articles in journals such as American Woodworker, and Fine Woodworking. He is a sought-after lecturer and has given talks globally. He has been a guest of the French government, giving three-week courses instructing French turners in the art of lathe turning and has been a guest speaker at the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain Conference at the University of Warwick.
He has a strong interest in the woodworker Wharton Esherick and has written and lectured on the topic. His work has been reviewed and featured in Australian, British and Canadian publications and in many prominent newspapers and magazines in the United States. In 2012, he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Collectors of Wood Art.
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