New Sculpture and Drawings

Exhibition Title
New Sculpture and Drawings
Show Type
Trans Hudson Gallery
New York, NY

New Sculptures and Drawings by Mary Ann Unger

New Sculpture and Drawings by Mary Ann Unger

Dates: April 9th - May 11th, 1997
Reception: Thursday, April 10th, 6-8 PM.
Gallery: Trans Hudson, 416 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, noon - 6 PM, and by appointment

Trans Hudson Gallery is proud to present the work of Mary Ann Unger in the Main Gallery. This is Unger's second one person show at Trans Hudson and the first one in five years in New York.

Analogues for the human body and spirit, Mary Ann Unger's new sculptures embody strength and vitality. Like broken bones which become denser and stronger after mending, these works express the dynamism of physical and spiritual healing.

Shanks is the largest work in the show, it consists of six elements, three long diagonal, leg-like members fitting into wall mounts which hold them the way a bone rests in a joint socket. The piece gives a sense of springing into action, of implied motion, and of concentrated energy. There is tension in how Shanks negotiates the transition from the vertical (wall) to the horizontal (floor).

The pale gray bone-like color of Shanks is in marked contrast to the dense, dark, light absorbing colors of Unger's last two shows. The "skin" has changed. It is smoother and cleaner, the crevices and cleavages now proud emblems of survival. Large drawings and additional wall sculptures round out this show.

Unger has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in Sculpture, two grants from the New York State Council of the Arts, and a C.A.P.S. grant in Sculpture.

Unger's work is represented in several public and private permanent collections including the Neuberger Museum of Art, The Polk Museum of Art, the New Jersey State Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art. Her public commissions include a site specific outdoor sculpture at the Aaron Coolant School of Music in Queens College in Flushing, and public sculptures in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix and Gaithesberg.

The show is traveling to the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, June 7th through July 20th. A color catalog is available.

For further information or visuals please contact Joseph Szoecs, director of Trans Hudson Gallery

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