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Get To Know Artists Conrad Levenson

Jul 02, 2015 06:16PM ● Published by Ryan Frisch

Insight Out by Conrad Levenson

New York state artist Conrad Levenson is participating in the Meredith Sculpture Walk for the first time this year, displaying his work entitled Insight Out, which can be seen at location #11 on the map. The piece is imaginatively created from two antique ice saws, an auto leaf spring, and a wok! Below Conrad describes his philosophy regarding his art.

I am an architect and sculptor working in New York’s Hudson Valley. I reclaim and restore old deteriorated buildings and landscapes, redesigning and adapting them for contemporary use. I apply my passion for reclamation and recycling to creating sculpture from scrap materials and obsolete utilitarian objects.

The Town of Stanford, where my studio is located, remains largely rural with an historic dependence upon and respect for work and the tools of labor. lt is a place that provides creative inspiration and access to discarded objects and decaying materials ripe for transformation. I strive to identify and capture their unique character, spirit and embedded energy giving each work new form and meaning.

Historically, in rural commun­ities, respect for a harmonious relationship between the natural and built environments has been the norm. Through my work, I continue this important tradition by creating settings for my sculptures that respect the local character and indigenous architecture as I integrate new structures and works of art into existing landscape.

The raw materials that I incorporate into my works have been previously weathered and rusted by exposure to the elements. Placing my sculptures in the landscape facilitates their return to nature, where its daily and seasonal cycles and rhythms further enhance their visual and emotional impact. The process of the creation and placement of my sculptures represents the fundamental synergy between art and ecology.

I welcome visitors to my studio and sculpture garden. To make an appointment, please call (917) 656-0153, or email me at [email protected].

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