|Cabinet of the North, 2007Audio, cabinet, glass bulbs, archival material and found objects|
|Swan Hunter Welding Mask, 2008Found objects|
|The End of the Rainbow is Nigh, 2008Audio, cabinet, glass bulbs, archival material and found objects|
At age 89, Caponi continues to create with energy and inspiration. Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, the manifestation of his 50-year vision, has been a reality since 1992. This vision and creative spirit have built and literally sculpted this public creation for the delight of everyone. The concrete and dirt paths are Caponi’s linear drawings retraced and animated by each person who walks them. The rock walls and shaped earth are his 60-acre sculpture into which conventional works are integrated. Since making a home in Eagan in 1949, the realization of Caponi Art Park crowns his life’s achievements.
Caponi devoted more than 20 years working with the community and educating local government on the importance of art. Not only has Caponi through his own untiring physical effort literally hand built this park, his home and studio, miles of paths, vistas and outdoor sculpture sites, he has worked diligently with the county, city and state to establish Caponi Art Park as a viable entity and independent foundation. Through his commitment, Caponi Art Park has grown into an established arts organization that serves thousands of visitors a year. Learn more about the history of Caponi Art Park.
For over 20 years, New York-based artist Charles LeDray has created handmade sculptures in stitched fabric, carved bone, and wheel-thrown clay. LeDray painstakingly fashions smaller-than-life formal suits, embroidered patches, ties, and hats, as well as scaled-down chests of drawers, doors, thousands of unique, thimble-sized vessels, and even complex models of the solar system.
The exhibition gathers approximately 50 sculptures and installations, from seminal early works to the first U.S. presentation of MENS SUITS (2006-2009), his highly acclaimed project presenting three complex, small-scale vignettes of second-hand clothing shops. The ICA will also premiere Throwing Shadows(2008-2010), an extraordinary new ceramic work including more than 3,000 vessels made of black porcelain, each less than two inches tall.
CHARLES LEDRAY: workworkworkworkwork will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
In 1967, I began work on Play, a commissioned sculpture which his studio was not able to accommodate. At this time he started to work on sculpture outside of his studio for the first time.He would work on a time and material basis in a metal fabrication shop, with the help of other men and machines. Richard Hunt says that his work on Play is what has essentially brought him to his second career, that of a public sculptor.
Hunt describes sculpture today by saying, "Public sculpture responds to the dynamics of a community, or of those in it, who have a use for sculpture. It is this aspect of use, of utility, that gives public sculpture its vital and lively place in the public mind. The challenges utility brings to the sculptor’s mind and art, are as varied as the people and the sites encountered with each commission. As sculptors in our time respond creatively to the challenges that the opportunities for the greater utilization of sculpture impose, we establish links with the greatest traditions in sculpture, and with the largest and most diverse audience sculpture has ever had."
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