A Conversation with the Artist:
Clusters, New Work by Paul Mauren
Wednesday, July 26 at 7pm
Paul’s Mauren’s craftsmanship and technical ingenuity allow him to build from an agglomeration of natural and human-made materials in intriguing, and often unexpected ways. Join our conversation with Paul to hear about his work, his technique for creating his unique sculptures and his creative process.
About the Work
Paul Mauren’s unique sculptural works stem from observations and memories of the natural world, melded with an improvisational approach in combining various shapes, materials, and imagery. His elegant, gestural works are the product of a well-established personal studio practice, as well as working as an educator for many years. His craftsmanship and technical ingenuity allow him to build from an agglomeration of natural and human-made materials in intriguing, and often unexpected ways.
Mauren states: “Conceptual strategies, improvised construction methods, and structural inventions drive my sculptural ideas and processes. Important influences for my work derive from observing the endless diversity of unembellished winter-woodland ecosystems. I am not interested in illustrating landscape. Instead, I prefer to explore a broad range of compatible and disparate relationships that offer promise and resistance, opening opportunities to engage in the discovery of freshly animated forms. This leads to unexpected revelations infused with history and disjointed conclusions.”
About the Artist
Paul Mauren earned his BFA and MFA at Eastern Michigan University. During the early 1980s, he served as Master Teacher of Sculpture at The New York State Summer School for the Arts, sponsored by the New York State Education Department and the State University of New York at Fredonia. He was a Professor of Art at The Center for Art and Design, the College of Saint Rose for 40 years, where he taught undergraduate and graduate sculpture since 1978. Paul is an alumni residency artist at Sculpture Space, Inc. in Utica, NY, and he recently participated in the Salem-to-Salem artist residency program at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY.
Mauren’s recent exhibitions include “Rebound”, Five New York State Artists, Sandy Hills Arts Center, Hudson Falls, NY, Curated by Dan Cameron. “Force”, curated by Pearl Cafritz at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT, and “Something”, Mauren Sculpture / Brodie Painting, a two-person exhibition at the Onondaga Community College gallery, Syracuse, NY. He has exhibited widely, with exhibitions in New York State at Albany Center Gallery, Albany; Art/Omi, Ghent; Jamaica Art Center, Queens; Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany; Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany; Sculpture Center, New York City; Hudson Valley Community College, Troy; Queens College, Queens; Hartwick College, Oneonta; Union College, Schenectady; Opalka Gallery, Sage Colleges, Albany; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica. His work has also been included in exhibitions at Williams College, Williamstown, MA; Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT; Chesterwood Museum, Stockbridge, MA; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH.