Cole Fellowship Solo Exhibition: Dunnage
New Sculptural Works by Sam Ekwurtzel
November 3, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Jewett Art Center Art Gallery
The Alice C. Cole '42 Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding early-career painter or sculptor, providing a livable sum so as to support one year of unimpeded time and space to experiment, develop a body of work, and focus on future artistic goals.
2014 Cole Fellow Recipent: Samuel Ekwurtzel
Sam Ekwurtzel lives and works in New London, CT. His solo exhibition On the beach was presented by Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Other recent exhibitions include It's when its gone that you really notice it, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY; Kinds of light, Second Guest Projects, New York, NY; The Passenger Position, Reference Gallery, Richmond, VA; Homo Duplex, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA; and A failed entertainment, Neiman Gallery, New York, NY. Ekwurtzel was the 2011 Fountainhead Fellow in the department of sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has studied at the Hartford Art School, Columbia University, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was recently awarded a grant from the New York Community Trust.
For Ekwurtzel’s latest solo exhibition, On the Beach, he transformed tetrapods, mammoth concrete jacks strewn on Japanese beaches, into art for U.S. audiences who are not accustomed to the wave breaking forms. Interest in the practical sculptures strength is due in part to a lifelong fascination with the ocean. Having supported himself by working on various Alaskan commercial fishing vessels he is familiar with meditation on ocean and sky. He has also worked teaching sculpture at colleges and universities throughout New England.
He describes his sculptures and installations as “result[ing] from a preoccupation with representing and communicating spatial orientation. Working in cast iron, timber framing, underwater sound installation, or boat construction, I expose the space between a particular moment of inscription and the moment of exhibition.”
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