Ceramic Base Cocktail Table by George Greenamyer for Vladimir Kagan
Designed by George Greenamyer for Vladimir Kagan. Ceramic base measures 14.5"W x 14.5"D x 15.25"H. Signed.
From Greenamyer's web site: In 1964 I was one of 5 artists who founded the Pulpit Rock Artists Community in Woodstock, CT, to create studio space for new graduates. I exhibited my ceramic sculpture and I was commissioned to make ceramic furniture by Vladimir Kagan Associates.
My teaching career started in 1968. My welding and foundry background was a key factor in my being offered a full-time position and being told to develop a sculpture department. In 1981 I became a full professor. I had the opportunity in the late 80s to design, with my shop technician, a "state of the art" metalworking and foundry facility. My classes were in welding, blacksmithing, foundry and 3D design. I have also taught workshops at Haystack in Maine, Penland in North Carolina and at other colleges.
In 2005, I was designated professor emeritus. I still teach one welding class In the early 70s, I switched from ceramic to metal sculpture, which I exhibited where ever I could. In 1976, I completed my first major public art commission for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
In 1977, I won an Artists Fellowship Grant from the Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. In 1979 I was a research fellow at the Center of Advanced Visual Arts at MIT to pursue my interest in kinetics. In the early 80s I had a large solo show at the Lopoukhine Gallery in Boston, the Laumeier Sculpture Museum in St. Louis and the Neil Gallery in New York City, where I was represented for 3 years. My sculpture is in the permanent collection of several Massachusetts museums: the Fuller Art Museum, Brockton; the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln and on the campus of Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
During the mid 80s to early 90s, I did the ice sculpture component of seven ice sculpture/performances in collaboration with other artists at First Night, Boston, and the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. In 1995, I was one of 18 artists who created a miniature golf hole for Strokes of Genius and in 2007, one of 12 artists that created sites for model trains called Trainscapes, both at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. In the mid-80s I made the choice to focus my career efforts on public art commissions obtained through national competitions. Public art commissions allowed me to produce work in a size I could never afford. I liked the challenge of solving the design problems of the site and selecting a narrative that makes sense to the project and the committees. I could incorporate kinetics (sometimes fiber optics) and hired a mechanical and a structural engineer as well as other talented people to complete my team. I liked that my audience is the public and not just the educated few.
Since 2005, I have redirected my efforts to making non-commissioned, kinetic sculptures whose narratives herald my long-held opinions regarding the religion and politics of American society. A prime example is "Merry-Go-Round of Hidden Agendas" on loan to the DeCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.
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