By Matt Hardman, Seraphin Gallery Resident
Edited by Alyssa Laverda, Associate Director
The Garment District Alliance recently announced the installation of five 25,000 pound sculptures by artist Harry H. Gordon throughout the Manhattan neighborhood. These works of art were crafted from granite that was discarded from the stone industry, and was then assembled in Gordon’s studio in Lambertville, New Jersey. The installation, known as Mass Medium, incorporates five pieces: Sandalphon, Snaphance, Enki, Flying Canoe, and Grasshopper. This massive project will be on display throughout April, and is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to New York. Each sculpture was designed to mimic anthropomorphic gestures and emotive qualities. Set amongst the bustling urban environment, Gordon encourages the viewer to engage with his work in this public setting.
“I have always felt that my sculptures needs to be installed and viewed by the public to be complete- it is as if they get their batteries charged with each person that sees them.” - Gordon.
“With an extensive background in public sculpture, Harry has served as the Department Head of Sculpture Installation at the Johnson Atelier, Assistant Curator at Clinton Hill Sculpture Park at Pratt Institute, and Curator at Sculpture Garden at Nexus Properties in Trenton, New Jersey. Additionally, Harry has participated in more than 60 exhibitions over the past 25 years.”
“Mass Medium is the latest in the ongoing Garment District Art on the Plazas series of public art installations, which has also included Avian Avatars, Sidewalk Catwalk, Tour de Fashion, Figurations, Broadway Green, The Sentinels, and, most recently, Seward Johnson in New York.”
Seraphin Gallery has worked with Gordon for many years. His minimalistic style converges with primitivism, and is at the same time rough hewn and sophisticated. Gordon works with the medium, displaying the qualities of this heavy material, but balances forms to offset the visual weight. Gordon's impactful and solid presence is reminiscent of Richard Serra's division of space and overwhelming atmosphere. However, where Serra creates walls, Gordon creates windows.
Seraphin Gallery has multiple works by Gordon available for purchase. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a digital catalogue of sculpture available.
Information, quotes, and photos courtesy of Garment District Alliance New York City.
For more information, click the link for the Garment District, NYC Press Release