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Feb. 26, 2003
OSWEGO -- The body-inspired sculpture of New York City artist Helene Brandt will open with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Tyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego.
Brandt's work opens concurrently with the 40th annual Student Juried Art Exhibition, with both running through April 7. The gallery will be closed for spring recess, March 22 to 30.
"The Sculpture of Helene Brandt" will feature Brandt's body enclosures produced from 1998 to 2003 and her Mondrian variations from 1995 and 1996. The public is welcome to hear Brandt speak about her work at 5 p.m. in the gallery, preceding the opening reception. She will discuss how her dance background led her to create sculptures that were described in a New York Times review as "elegantly sinister stuff."
A self-described "dancing sculptor," Brandt said her work is intended to physically engage the viewer. "In all of this work I want to actively involve other people," she explained in her artist's statement. "I want the viewer to walk around and even get inside the sculptures -- and to understand them both emotionally and logically."
After receiving an MFA in 1975 from Columbia University School of the Arts, Brandt studied at St. Martin's School of Art in London where she received a Certificate of Advanced Studies. In 1985, Brandt earned a Guggenheim Fellowship to study traditional Japanese arts in Japan.
For the past 25 years, Brandt has fashioned structures of welded steel tubing that can be entered and form enclosures around viewers. Her public commissions include pieces for Sacred Heart University, Staten Island Children's Museum, Long Island University, the Brooklyn Bridge Centennial and the Ward's Island Sculpture Garden. With artist Vito Acconci, she just completed a large mosaic wall, commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, for the Yankee Stadium Subway Station. She encourages visits to her Web site at
Brandt will also collaborate with students of art, music and theatre to produce a performance piece during the opening reception. She will engage in other events, all admission-free and open to the public, during her visit to campus. Call Tyler Art Gallery at 312-2113 for a schedule or more information.
"Helene Brandt's enigmatic exoskeletons, carapace-like vehicles and whimsical structures map, extend and question the physical boundaries of our existence," said Matthew Friday, assistant professor of art at Oswego. "The body is never present in Brandt's work, but rather its absence invites our participation."
The Student Art Exhibition Committee sponsors both exhibitions with funds provided by the Student Association.
Those with disabilities who need assistance to attend any gallery event should contact Tyler Art Gallery at 312-2113 in advance. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
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