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Image: Tempered By Memory, Large Maquette II
Tempered By Memory, Large Maquette II, 2011
23” x 10” x 44”

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Dreams and Visions: The Art Of Noah Savett
January 18, 2014 -- February 23, 2014

Opening Reception – Friday, January 31, 2014 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Joseph C. & Joan T. Burke Gallery
Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh
Hours: Sunday to Saturday, Noon to 4 PM

Closed Legal Holidays

Guest Curator - James Goss
     It is both an honor and a pleasure to be able to select a slice of recent sculptures and drawings by the northern New York artist Noah Savett.
     Born in Utica, New York in 1950, Savett has long worked out of his West Side Ironworks studio in Saratoga Springs. In his work, The Letter Homage to David Smith, Savett shows not only his mastery of the material but also a language of his own making. Savett is tipping his hat to another great artist, who was a master iron worker and sculptor, who chose to live and work in northern New York. In Smith’s own words, “Art is made from dreams, visions, and things not known, and least of all from things that can be said. It comes from the inside of who you are when you face yourself.” These dreams and visions that Smith speaks of are the essence of Savett’s work. Working with wax to form familiar images and elements, Savett creates his own dreams. Later the wax is cast in bronze. These bronzes, despite being small scale, present themselves often as heroic.       More

In Fossil 2, a large scale metal sculpture that has both fabricated and cast elements, and a primary surface that is a 20th century artifact of salvaged steel plates from the surface of a bridge that once crossed the Champlain Canal adjacent to the Hudson River, the comic and cosmic collide with a fallen to earth presence. Savett presents us with a frontal presentation of the absurd and unlikely. With all of Savett’s work we encounter the unbelievable, the unfamiliar and the uncommon. The directness is stark, yet beautiful. Each form its own voice; the viewer is beckoned to read these as they may. The mastery of the material gives Savett’s voice more range. Like David Smith, Savett is fully versed in the manipulation of the metals with an eye and pension for detail. According to Rodin, “sculpture is the Art of the hole and the lump”. Brancusi said, “create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave”. Evidence of Noah Savett’s intense dedication to his own work, the development of his own voice and language, is found in each work included in this exhibition. The Tempered by Memory models for a monumental sculpture that is permanently installed in Saratoga Springs, New York, reach for the heavens. This work is a gesture honoring all the fallen and damaged from the World Trade Center 911 terrorist attack. Savett’s range of serious to humorous reminds us how human we all are. These works remind us that dreams and visions are possible and do exist. Savett has seen to that.

James Goss
Dec. 1, 2013
Westport, New York
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January 18, 2014 -- February 23, 2014

Joseph C. & Joan T. Burke Gallery
Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh
Hours: Sunday to Saturday, Noon to 4 PM

This exhibition is funded in part by the Student Association, Winkel Endowment, Friends of Art, and the State of New York

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