sculpture by Sam Spiczka
Alice R. Rogers and Target Galleries, St. John’s University
February 25 - April 27, 2008
Reception & Artist Presentation
Friday, February 29, 5-7 p.m.
Born from the black soil of mid-Minnesota, the fabricated steel sculptures of Sam Spiczka are stark testaments to a place where death is cultivated as readily as new life. Nearly three dozen large-scale pieces are presented, many seen for the very first time. Inspired by natural bone forms, rural technology, and geometric structure, Spiczka has produced an unsettling body of work that is both modern and intensely primal, public yet deeply personal. Crafted with care and sensitivity, the work evokes a vulnerability that is disarming. In their terrifying grace, these sculptures are tributes to Nature, a fundamentally unfathomable force.
In less than a decade Spiczka has launched a career that has won him local, regional, and national attention. The artist's award-winning sculptures can be found in public and private collections across the United States.
“When art is truly new, it unsettles us and may seem ugly because we have little to connect it to. So it is with the work of Sam Spiczka. Drawing upon nature, his personal history, and the place where he lives, he has created a powerful, fresh visual language that is completely his own.” —Victor M. Cassidy, Critic & Writer
Midwest Gothic (installation)
Midwest Gothic (installation 2)
Midwest Gothic (installation 3)
Midwest Gothic (installation 4)
Midwest Gothic (installation 5)
Relic III (detail)
Relic VII (detail)
Kubrick (alternate view)
Mist Point Sculpture Park
untitled (Large White Relief)
untitled (Charcoal Green Relief)
untitled (Charred Relief)