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Long Island City Arts Open 2011
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The Long Island City Arts Open is a New York City festival of the arts centered in the neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens. The week-long festival features live performances, gallery shows, open studios, and more.



I was invited to serve a lead role in this years festival, and contributed by opening my studio to the general public for a weekend, showcasing my sculptures at the Long Island City Art Center Gallery, and making a custom mosaic for the show.




The Plasticity of Clay, the Rigidity of Plastic

Normally when you think of plasticity, you imagine fluid forms that are malleable. And when you normally think of stone, you imagine something rigid and hard. Together with artist Eunnye Yang we decided to show you that the opposite can be true! LEGO sculptures are hard and rigid, despite being made out of plastic. And bronze sculptures can be organic and lively, despite being made of stone. The show featured pairs of sculptures that directly compared the two media and how an artist can work within the constraints of their media.




Arranged sculpture pairs included two life-size busts, two flat self-portraits, two maquette portraits, two reduced-scale human figures. My life-size bicycle, completed the previous week at a public event, centered the show as a reminder that everyone's creativity can come together for a great piece of art, no matter what medium.






Open Studio

My art studio is normally closed to the public... but during this 2-day event, people could visit and see how I work. Ever wonder what a half-built LEGO sculpture looks like? Or how I sort and store over a million LEGO pieces? Wonder what I'm up to next? People got sneak previews, a behind-the scenes look at my work, and asked lots of questions about how I do what at do (and why!). If you missed it, check back next spring for details on our 2012 event.












Long Island City Arts Open mosaic

I also created a small mosaic of the show's logo which was sold at silent auction at the conclusion of the event.




Comments

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  August 26, 2012
pretty nice, say deserves more votes.
  September 24, 2011
Sean, Thank you very much for using many of the photos I took of the event in this presentation, I am both humbled and honored! I enjoyed the event and loved meeting you and your family! Nick
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  September 3, 2011
Wow! This is great! I think I actually saw this when I went back to NY!!
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  September 2, 2011
wow sweet wish i was able to go i like the house thing the kids where working on is that a soon to be set?
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  September 2, 2011
That looked like it was so much fun! Hope you enjoyed yourself :D Great stuff ;)
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  September 2, 2011
Wow, I wish I'd been there.
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  September 2, 2011
what a nice place! beautiful sunny lighted pics!!! and all those drawers...incredible! good luck on your event sean!!!
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  September 2, 2011
Oh man, one day I'm going to have to go down to NYC during this to look at your studio.
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  September 2, 2011
These are great! youhave a MASSIVE collection! Have you always wanted to be a pro bulder?
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  September 1, 2011
COOL!
 
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