Sorcery & Craft

January 10 – February 18, 2017

Barry Cohen

Barry Cohen

Village Construction

Circa 1986-1987

mixed media construction

10 x 17 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.

Barry Cohen

Barry Cohen

Problem

Circa 1974

mixed media construction

12 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. 

Maureen McCabe

Maureen McCabe

Saturn's Song

1977

mixed media

8 x 11 x 1/2 in.

Maureen McCabe

Maureen McCabe

#2 Magic Slate

1975

mixed media

12 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 1/2 in.

Maureen McCabe

Maureen McCabe

Untitled

Circa 1975

feathers, fur, satin cloth, glass bell jar, and wood base

22 x 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.

Marty Greenbaum

Marty Greenbaum

Alchemist Work Station

1975

mixed media

34 1/2 x 10 x 10 in.

Marty Greenbaum

Marty Greenbaum

Test Your Eyesight

1968

mixed media construction

7 3/4 x 8 x 3 in.

Mary Greenbaum

Marty Greenbaum

Bird Call

mixed media

32 x 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.

Marty Greenbaum

Marty Greenbaum

Untitled

Late 1970s

mixed media

22 1/2 x 5 1/2  x 2 in.

Reginald Case

Reginald Case

Betty Grable (Taj Mahal) 

Circa 1983

mixed media construction

20 1/2 x 14 x 14 1/2 in.

Barry Cohen

Barry Cohen

Tilting Board

Circa 1988

mixed media construction

14  x 12 x 3 3/4 in.

Barry Cohen

Barry Cohen

Soldier Valentine Construction

Circa 1985

mixed media construction

17 1/2 x 17 1/2  x 2 3/4 in.

Barry Cohen

Barry Cohen

Mini Dome Box

Circa 1987

mixed media construction

6 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.

Barry Cohen

Barry Cohen

Family Album Construction

Circa 1986

mixed media construction

13  x 9 x 14 in.

Barry Cohen

Barry Cohen

Untitled

Circa 1973

mixed media construction

13 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 1 7/8 in.

Reginald Case

Reginald Case

Chrysler Building

1985

mixed media construction

43 1/2 x 18 x 15 in.

Wayne Nowack

Wayne Nowack

The Alchemy Beneath the Zodiac is the Ferment Above Descartes

1968

mixed media construction

21 x 15 x 1 1/4 in.

Wayne Nowack

Wayne Nowack

View Through the Game Room Window

1969

mixed media construction

17 3/8 x 22 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.

Wayne Nowack

Wayne Nowack

Implosion Of Dawn Stung By A Bee

1971

mixed media construction

12 x 9 x 2 1/4 in.

Lisa Kokin

Lisa Kokin

Circumstances Beyond Our Control (Group of 81 items LKo 3-83)

1996

mixed media construction

Variable dimensions

Wayne Nowack

Wayne Nowack

Mysterium Coniunctionis

1967

mixed media construction

14 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.

Wayne Nowack

Wayne Nowack

Shake And The World Stands Firm

1975

mixed media construction

14 3/8 x 12 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.

William Umbreit

William Umbreit

Pitchfork

ca. 1977

wood and metal

81 x 8 1/2 x 3 in.

Roy Superior

Roy Superior

Dr. Lucifer's Eternal Youth Machine

Circa 1985

wood, feathers, sponge, metal, and plastic

20 x 40 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.

Roy Superior

Roy Superior

The Oracle

1983

wood, metal, string and battery powered motor

34 x 25 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.

Roy Superior

Roy Superior

Good Work Is Its Own Reward

1985

wood and metal

13 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 12 in.

William Umbreit

William Umbreit

Shovel

Wood and metal

65 x 7 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.

William Umbreit

William Umbreit

Shovel

Wood and metal

44 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 4 in.

William Umbreit

William Umbreit

Pitchfork

wood and metal

67 x 8 x 5  in.

William Umbreit

William Umbreit

Pitchfork

Wood and metal

67 1/2 x 6  x 13 in.

William Umbreit

William Umbreit

Pitchfork

Wood and metal

66 1/4 x 8 3/4 x 4 in.

William Umbreit

William Umbreit

Pitchfork

wood and metal

74 1/2 x 6  x 6 1/2 in.

Roy Superior

Roy Superior

Texas Shaker Rocker

1984

wood, metal, bone and leather

16 x 10 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.

Roy Superior

Roy Superior

Sawbones

1986

wood and mixed media

11 1/2 x 18 x 12 in.

Roy Superior

Roy Superior

Rocker Shaker

1984

wood, metal and string

16 x 10 x 9 3/4 in.

Press Release

Opening Reception, January 12, 6 -8 pm

 

Allan Stone Projects is pleased to present Sorcery & Craft, on view from January 10 – February 18, 2017. Selected from the Allan Stone Collection, the exhibition features eight artists who elicit folk magic in found objects and craft traditions. The works explore a fantastical approach to art making through mixed media constructions, assemblage and finely crafted objects. 

 

The main gallery features artists Reginald Case, Barry Cohen, Marty Greenbaum, Lisa Kokin, Maureen McCabe and Wayne Nowack who use mixed media in their works. Reginald Case's opulent monuments salute American culture, from art deco architecture, to jazz music, to the glamour of Hollywood celebrities. The sculptures recall reliquaries because of their dazzling sequins and gems. Wayne Nowack and Barry Cohen both nod to Joseph Cornell in their box constructions, creating esoteric compositions through the juxtaposition of various cultural ephemera. Nowack's dioramas include an overload of imagery from contemporary cultural references to mystical symbols. Similar constructions by Barry Cohen hark back to the bygone times of American Folk art and curious Wunderkammer cabinets.

 

Marty Greenbaum and Maureen McCabe take mystical approaches in their works. Greenbaum creates gritty assemblages with found objects from his urban environment, while McCabe evokes more poetic narratives using feathers, fabric, thread and animal imagery. Lisa Kokin's group of found photographs are accentuated with mixed media, subverting the traditional portrait.

 

In the second gallery, finely crafted objects by Roy Superior and William Umbreit verge on the utilitarian with a touch of whimsy. Umbreit’s series of animated pitchforks defy our preconceptions of functional objects. Their unexpected twists, bulges and contortions recall Brancusi's innovative sculpture, elevating a simple tool to fine art. Superior’s intricate miniatures of rockers and workmen's benches honor the great American craft tradition while his “fantasy machines” are imbued with a sense of irony and humor.

 

Sorcery & Craft coincides with related events in New York City during January such as the Outsider Art Fair and Americana auctions which also celebrate folk and craft traditions from American culture.