Stress Reliever #2: Ring My Bell by Mark di Suvero
Metal and Music: Mark di Suvero
Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC. Ends 10 December 2016
What it is:
Huge metal sculptures from this do-it-yourself master of balance - Seriously, he's 83 years old, AND on crutches for the last 56 years, AND makes all of this stuff himself. The SECRET of the show are 2 hidden hammers. Find them resting on the inside of the huge black "A" form. And YES you are encouraged to use them, but ONLY hit/touch that rounded piece that hangs from the "A" form (it works like a bell).
Why it matters:
You can hit a sculpture and it makes a sound. C'mon.
He's also the nicest person ever. Check this short interview video to see him at work (note that he is doing this all himself) in his outdoor "studio".
Mark di Suvero @ Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W 21st St, ends 12/10. -->Link
P.S. Same advice as the fabric maze show - don't abuse the privilege of the hammer (only hit the "bell" near the hammer) or they'll remove it for everyone.
Editor's note: Mark di Suvero's work can also be found in Des Moines. Check out the MFP previous feature on the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
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