John Van Al­s­tine fea­tured as Artist of the Month at Stu­dio Sweet

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> New lo­cal busi­ness Stu­dio Sweet is pre­sent­ing sculp­tor John Van Al­s­tine as its lat­est Artist of the Month.

The stu­dio, lo­cated at 454 Broad­way in Saratoga Springs in the Saratoga Mar­ket­place, in­vites all to meet Van Al­s­tine and view his work at its Artist of the Month re­cep­tion from 2 to 7 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 21.

This event, also a book sign­ing, co­in­cides with the un­veil­ing of this lo­cal artist’s new book “JOHN VAN AL­S­TINE Sculp­ture 1971– 2018” by The Artist Book Foun­da­tion.

For nearly 40 years, Van Al­s­tine has cre­ated ab­stract sculp­tures forged from steel and stone.

In his new book, three no­table es­say­ists ex­plore the sculp­tor’s ab­stract land­scapes that re­veal the com­plex syn­ergy be­tween nat­u­ral forces and man-made el­e­ments.

The artist weaves into his works el­e­ments of mythol­ogy, ce­les­tial nav­i­ga­tion, im­ple­ments, hu­man fig­ures, move­ment, ur­ban forms and found ob­jects, while us­ing mo­tion, bal­ance, and in­er­tia to in­cor­po­rate the ex­ter­nal forces of grav­ity, ten­sion and ero­sion.

New to the Saratoga Mar­ket­place, Stu­dio Sweet is a place to buy unique, in­tel­li­gent de­signs by lo­cal artists. Shop­pers can find one-of-a-kind lux­ury in­te­rior dé­cor of hand-crafted fur­ni­ture, ac­ces­sories, pot­tery, paint­ings, photograph­y, and sculp­tures.

Avail­able in the stu­dio by Van Al­s­tine are small sculp­tures, draw­ings on pa­per in richly colored pas­tels, and easel pho­to­graphic se­ries.

Van Al­s­tine’s works have been fea­tured in nu­mer­ous solo and group ex­hi­bi­tions and are found in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tions of the Carnegie Mu­seum of Art, the Hirschhorn Mu­seum and Sculp­ture Gar­den, the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art and the Phillips Col­lec­tion. His works are also found in nu­mer­ous pub­lic and pri­vate col­lec­tions. Most no­table to Saratoga Springs is his col­lab­o­ra­tive 911 sculp­ture with Noah Savett, Tem­pered by Mem­ory in High Rock Park. More in­for­ma­tion about Van Al­s­tine and his re­cent book is avail­able on­line at john­vanal­s­tine.com.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Avail­able in Stu­dio Sweet by Van Al­s­tine are small sculp­tures, draw­ings on pa­per in richly colored pas­tels and easel pho­to­graphic se­ries.

IM­AGE PRO­VIDED

Avail­able in Stu­dio Sweet by Van Al­s­tine are small sculp­tures, draw­ings on pa­per in richly colored pas­tels and easel pho­to­graphic se­ries.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Lo­cal sculp­tor John Van Al­s­tine works in his shop.

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