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James Grashow's cardboard sculptures receive prestigious exposure
James Grashow, Corrugated Fountain, 2010, cardboard, 12 x 30 x 18 feet. Photo: Courtesy Allan Stone Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Allan Stone Gallery reports several current and upcoming events for gallery artist James Grashow, who has been creating works that address themes of man, nature and mortality since the 1960's.

James Grashow is currently included in Under the Sea, an exhibition at MassMOCA, North Adams, MA, on view through May 28, 2012, featuring six internationally acclaimed artists who explore the ocean as habitat, myth, and a necessary element of life on earth, and examine the mystery and power of the ocean as well as the catastrophic consequences of our abuse of this natural resource. James Grashow's installation, Under the Corrugated Sea, is a fanciful school of thirty colorful corrugated fish, including a life sized purple tiger shark and mermaid, all hanging from the Museum's ceiling in a dazzling, rhythmical display. At the museum Grashow also recently completed an artist residency during which he spent five days building 175 corrugated fish with 300 kids, culminating in a corrugated fish parade.

James Grashow’s Corrugated Fountain will be exhibited at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, April 1-May 13, 2012, the work’s final stop on a tour that started at the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA. This room sized installation made entirely from corrugated board recalls Bernini’s Trevi Fountain, complete with Poseidon, Heroes, Sea horses riding Nymphs, dolphins, giant fish, waves and rocks. Grashow believes that "creation and destruction are married to each other," so the work will be installed outdoors on The Aldrich's front terrace where it will weather and disintegrate. His most ambitious project yet, the sculpture took 4 years to complete. The project will be accompanied by two Aldrich Editions—a cardboard sculpture and a woodcut print that reference imagery from Corrugated Fountain—available for purchase at the Museum Store.

During the run of the show, Olympia Stone of Floating Stone Productions will document the sculpture’s decay as part of The Cardboard Bernini, a nearly-complete documentary examining the work and life of artist James Grashow as he builds the giant cardboard fountain. Excerpts from the film will be on view during the exhibition.

For the second time, The Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH, will have James Grashow as artist-in-residence in May, 2012, when he will work with the community over a two week period to create a fantastical garden in corrugated cardboard. Grashow did a similar project ten years ago that went so well, the town launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise over $10,000 to bring him back for this upcoming project.

In August 2012, Grashow will be Artist in residence at The Aldrich Museum, during which he will build another corrugated garden, followed in September 2012, by a lecture Grashow will present at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor Maine.

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