Foregrounding the Palisades
Blane De St. Croix
Foregrounding the Palisades
Glyndor Gallery | September 1—December 2, 2012
Unnecessary Memorial I (Palisades), 2012
127" x 213" x 89"
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Blane De St. Croix’s work explores geopolitical landscapes through drawing and large-scale sculpture. For Unnecessary Memorial, De St. Croix has created two pieces that take as their subject the Hudson Palisades: an indoor sculptural environment at Wave Hill and an outdoor installation at the Hudson River Museum. Through an investigative research practice involving ground site visits, photographic documentation, interviews and Internet mining, De St. Croix explores the ecology and environment of the Palisades and their rescue from destruction in the early twentieth century. For both works, De St. Croix has sculpted segments of the Palisades in foam and painted them to reflect the colors of the rock face in late afternoon. Drawing on the distinctive architecture of each site, De St. Croix responds to the Georgian Revival style of Wave Hill’s Glyndor House and the Brutalist façade of the Hudson River Museum, itself inspired by the distinctive formations of the Palisades. De St. Croix views this as a singular opportunity to create immersive, site-specific projects that are derived from a common theme but can be fully appreciated only in their distinct settings.
De St. Croix’s sculptural objects, installations and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in solo shows at F.A.R. (Future Arts Research), Phoenix, Arizona; Black and White Gallery/Project Space, Brooklyn, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. His work has appeared in many group exhibitions, including the 2nd Land Art Mongolia Biennial, Dundgobi, Mongolia, and shows at SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY, and Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY. De St. Croix has received numerous grants and awards, including The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors; The Pollack-Krasner Foundation grant; and The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. He has participated in several residencies, including the Gasworks International Residency Program, London, England; the Sculpture Space Residency Program, Utica, NY; and the MacDowell Colony residency, Peterborough, NH. He received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.
Photo credit: Stefan Hagen
Unnecessary Memorial II (Palisades), 2012
Photos: Jason Weller
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.