LIC Arts Open Presents:

Bringing Steel to Life

Bringing Steel to Life

An Exhibition of Sculpture by Jack Howard-Potter
Gallery: The Raw Gallery @ The Factory LIC
Address: 30-30 47th AVE, LIC, NY 11101
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Running: March 28th (Thursday) – April 26th (Friday), 2019
Opening Reception: March 28th, 2019 @ 5 PM – 8 PM
Gallery Hours: Daily, 9am – 9pm, 7 Days a Week

Galley Manager: Yvette Hidalgo
Gallery Director: Richard Mazda
Info, Purchase & Press inquiries please contact gallery@licartsopen.org

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Press Release:
The director of The LIC Arts Open Gallery at The Factory, Richard Mazda, is pleased to present the largest collection of sculptures and drawings in one exhibition by local Long Island City artist, Jack Howard-Potter.

Jack Howard-Potter is among one of the most prolific LIC artists displaying large scale sculpture across the United States from Washington State to Key West, Vermont to Colorado.  His work has been featured with city governments, public art shows, sculpture parks, galleries and city and state parks in numerous locations since 1996.

His sculptures reside in the collections of numerous cities and parks and have been components of sets for nationwide television shows including Gossip Girl, Billions and the Carrie Dairies.  His sculptures have been sold to a wide variety of national as well as international clients and his 30 foot tall sculpture, The Muse, has a permanent home at The Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont.

Included in this exhibition will be a wide variety of sculpture, from three feet to thirteen feet tall, spanning the last sixteen years of his career.  On view will be a range of work mostly fabricated locally in his Long Island City studio, which is one mile away from The Factory. Howard-Potter fabricates all of his sculptures by hand without any assistants.  He bends, cuts and welds each rod of steel to fit precisely next to the rod adjacent to the one he is working on.  There is no machine that stamps out parts that he can then weld together. He uses his intimate knowledge of the human form, from years drawing at The Art Students League, to inform the anatomy and musculature of the figures and translates it into steel. The process is then completed with the sculptures being galvanized and powder coated to protect the steel from corrosion and to add vibrant colors to the surface.

Jack was born in 1975 in New York City and resides on the Upper East Side.  He has based his studio in Long Island City since 2006 after a stint in Albany, New York.  He attended Union College, where he learned to weld from artist Marsha Pels, after searching for the perfect medium throughout high school and college.  He states, “As soon as I made my first weld, I knew I had finally found the material and process I wanted to devote my life to.  There was some sort of primordial, magical transformation that was taking place in me and the material.  Liquifying solid steel instantaneously and having a medium that was ultimately malleable and changeable sparked my soul like nothing else.”

Current and upcoming exhibitions include Fayetteville, North Carolina, Chicago Sculpture Exhibition, Roanoke, Virginia and Coral Springs, Florida and for nine consecutive years has participated in the Long Island City Arts Open. 

For All Press Inquiries Contact: Richard Mazda at richard@licartsopen.org

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