Tom was invited to be in two gallery shows this month, and coincidentally, both wanted to feature sculptural pieces he did in the 1980’s, and both pieces represent angels made of steel and scrap metal.
The first piece called ” Angel with Uzi” (above) was completed in 1986 and is now being included in a show entitled : Washington Art Matters: 1940’s-1980’s, held at the Katzen Arts Center, at American University, from June 15th -August 11th. This show is based on a book with the same name written by Jean Lawler Cohen, Elizabeth Tebow, Sidney Lawrence, and Benjamin Forgey. It is an honor to be included in this show of some 80-90 DC artists. After graduating from the Corcoran in 1985, Tom had numerous one-person shows in DC, some at Walker, Ursitti, and McGinnis Gallery in the Shaw neighborhood, and then later at Troyer, Fitzpatrick, Lassman Gallery on Dupont Circle. He participated in several group shows at the Washington Project for the Arts as well.
“Angel with Uzi” was purchased by Washington art collector, Herb White. (see 1989 Museum and Arts article ) As it turns out his estate can no longer keep this piece and has it for sale. If interested, please contact us.
Another angel sculpture that is being exhibited this summer is called Iroquois Angel and/or The Spirit of Victory. This sculpture was part of Tom’s larger installation called Drums Along the Niagara, which he made during his stay at New York State’s Artist-in-Residence Program at Artpark, in Lewiston, NY, in 1989.
Artpark was a great program that invited artists to spend 4-8 weeks during a summer to work on a proposed installation on site, which also allowed for the public to view the artists in action.
Tom’s piece consisted of three main parts: a winged figure on top of a column of oil drums, a pyramid made of oil drums, and a stone well, complete with a medusa head sculpture and a functioning fountain, all placed on the top of a plateau, near the Niagara River.
The figurative part of the installation was found years later at Artpark, in 1997. It had been too large for Tom to transport home so he had had to leave it behind. It was all but forgotten, until Irene Rykaszewski and Eva Nicklas of the Lewiston Arts Council found it, stored on the Artpark property.
Through much effort and dedication, by many people ( see news articles below), the sphere and figure part of the piece were eventually restored and installed permanently in the Joseph Davis Riverfront State Park in Lewiston in 1999.
A large photo of the original Artpark installation will be part of a show called 40 for 40: 40 Alumni Artists for Artpark’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, opening July 1, 2013, at the Lewiston Council for the Arts Center.
See some of Tom’s other sculpture here.