LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Space (CAS) will hold a solo exhibition of work by Forrest “Frosty” Myers beginning on Saturday, June 24 with an opening and reception from 3 …
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Space (CAS) will hold a solo exhibition of work by Forrest “Frosty” Myers beginning on Saturday, June 24 with an opening and reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Titled “Frosty Myers,” the exhibition will show his sculptures, wall pieces and furniture, and will be on display through August 26.
Myers, who lives in Damascus, PA, is famed locally for his metal artwork along the Callicoon Road in Damascus Township and for his sculpture garden.
But he’s more broadly known for his work in New York City, which goes back to 1961. One landmark piece is “The Wall,” aka the Gateway to SoHo, the city’s largest public sculpture.
He’s also known “for the Moon Museum, which was the first art placed on the Moon, and his radical furniture that blurred the lines of art and design,” said Sally Wright, executive director of CAS, writing to the River Reporter in an email.
The CAS exhibit will showcase Myers’ work from the 1960s to the present. It will span three interior gallery spaces and will incorporate a new site-specific sculptural work—a brightly colored T-shaped beam mounted on the exterior of the CAS building on Main Street, according to a press release, and hearkens back to “The Wall.”
The earliest work in the exhibition is the laser-light installation “Woofer and Tweeter (Laser with Speaker and Mirror)” from 1963.
Although much of Myers’ work from the ‘60s is minimalist, by the end of the decade his work shifted into two-dimensional reliefs—essentially painting in metal.
Myers’ range expanded to furniture in 1969; he used sheets of metal, folded and bent, to render benches, chairs and tables from industrial materials. Pipes, springs and coils were shaped into beds, chairs and tuffets.
“While the artist himself has constructed a sprawling museum and sculpture garden of his work in Damascus—which features public access to the gardens—the presentation at CAS offers audiences a rare opportunity to view the artist’s work in the company of his peers, Sol LeWitt and James Turrell, who both have long-term installations on the second floor of CAS,” Wright said.
The show “offers audiences a rare opportunity to view the artist’s work in the company of his peers, Sol LeWitt and James Turrell, who both have long-term installations on the second floor of CAS,” Wright added.
In 1965 and 1966, Myers and LeWitt, respectively, made large-scale sculptures based on the structure of an open modular cube. “Large-scale sculptures by both artists were included in the seminal exhibition ‘Primary Structures’ at the Jewish Museum in 1966,” she said.
That was followed by the use of projected light as sculpture by both Myers and Turrell in 1967.
Currently, Myers’ work is inspired by his tree farm, and features “fresh forms and materials and a look that is denser, wider and freer,” according to the press release. His work is part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the National Gallery, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and more.
The Catskill Art Space is located at 48 Main St.
The exhibition at the art space isn’t the only tribute to the artist this summer. On Thursday, August 3, CAS will screen “The Art and Times of Frosty Myers,” followed by a special talkback with Myers and producer Debra Arch Myers, at the Callicoon Theater, 30 Upper Main St. in Callicoon. Tickets can be purchased online for $13, or the cost is $15 at the door.
More details can be found at www.catskillartspace.org/events/the-art-and-life-of-frosty-myers.
Learn more about the exhibit and the CAS at www.catskillartspace.org.
Additional reporting by Annemarie Schuetz
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