“A BELLYFUL of SAWDUST”: new work by Steve Rosenzweig
This exhibition is installed in the gallery, and available for the public to view.
We are committed to public safety within our Up-State NY community and beyond, and want everyone to stay strong, safe, and healthy. All entering our office and gallery space will need to wear a mask and will be asked to sign in with their name and two points of contact (email, address, and/or phone number). We will admit no more than 5 people at a time in the gallery, with max of 30 minute time frame. We will provide masks for those that need one, and provide hand sanitizing stations throughout our space. We suggest that you contact the gallery before your visit, since NYS guidelines related to Covid-19 may change. Call 518-323-5499, or email [email protected].
In place of on-site gallery reception, we presented a Live Online Talk with Steve Rosenzweig on November 14 at 4 pm.
If you missed our that talk, check out the video below, where you can view Steve Rosenzweig and Lake George Arts Project’s Gallery Director, Laura Von Rosk, discuss Steve’s solo exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery. This walk around the gallery was filmed on November 18, 2020.
About the Artist:
Steve Rosenzweig’s materials include metal, wood, canvas, plastic, and paint. Working spontaneously, these materials are cut, bolted, burned, stretched, melted, or poured into works that are developed with no blueprint or specific plan. The pieces evolve as they are being constructed. Rosenzweig’s process relies in improvisation, essential for invention and discovery, as well as deliberation and precision, needed for constructing 3-D works on and off the wall.
He says: “Moving through the stretches that mark my time in the studio, each new series is typically prompted by a blend of specific and hazy motivators. In this latest spell, I found myself looking at Baroque still life paintings. These were of commonplace objects, both natural and man-made, and often created without a deliberate expression of allegory or symbolism… My first piece in this sculptural gambit was a simple still life – a vase of roses, carved in wood. Allowing the principle elements to remain representational, I simultaneously engaged my toolbox of bold textures, dissonant shapes and vibrant colors in an effort to find a pulse and generate some energy. This sparked another 3D still life, and then another.”
Referring to his new work in this exhibition he says: “Psychedelic, cut-out shapes and saturated matte colors became a nod to animation cels and the cartoons I loved as a kid. Kooky characters and loose gestures emerged, as if I was channeling my prepubescent self – someone who would incessantly doodle in the margins of my notebooks in school.”
Steve Rosenzweig earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from SUNY Purchase. After receiving his BFA, he moved to NYC and worked as a studio assistant to internationally recognized artist, Red Grooms. Soon after, he embarked on a decades-long stretch working as a Production Designer in the film, television and theater businesses. He has been involved in projects spanning Independent movies, Dr. Seuss-inspired children’s TV programming, to a stage production which premiered at the Salzburg Opera Festival. Rosenzweig’s work is in the collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and in private collections both regionally and in Europe. Recently he was commissioned to create paintings for set decoration for ABC and Warner Brothers Television. He currently lives and works in New York State’s Hudson Valley.
The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY. Hours during exhibitions are Wednesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm, and all other times by appointment.
This exhibition is funded in part by the Town and Village of Lake George; the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust; 518 Profiles; Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family Foundations, and LGAP members. Please Join us today!