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Oct 17 2012

Thomas Lollar and Jane Manus - Relief Work: Ceramic Maps and Modern Sculpture

NYIT Gallery 61 is delighted to present the exhibition of...

Thomas Lollar and Jane Manus - Relief Work: Ceramic Maps and Modern Sculpture
NYIT Gallery 61, 16 West 61, NYC, 11th floor, October 11 – November 29, 2012

The pairing of Thomas Lollar and Jane Manus came about when Nada Anid, Ph.D. Dean, School of Engineering and Computing  Sciences at New York Institute of Technology, asked if I would give Mr. Lollar a tour of Gallery 61 for a possible show of his Rutgers print project. During the meeting I learned that Tom is an artist, curator and teaches at Columbia University, and that he had collaborated with the sculptor Jane Manus, who has shown at numerous galleries throughout the country.

While Tom Lollar’s ceramic tiles and etched marble fragments are inspired by Ancient Rome, Jane Manus's geometric sculpture reminds one of the Russian constructivists’ elegant forms, with a nod to Malevitch and Mondrian.

Jane Manus began welding at the Art Institute of Boston years ago. Before using steel she made her sculptures with wood, beginning with small constructions out of cardboard and tape. While she was living in New York she got her material from the Minneford boat yard in City Island.  When she moved to Florida she began using aluminum, which was lighter, and instead of using a crane she had three men help her move the material. In long car rides she always travels with cardboard, scissors and tape. At first she does a rough sketch or a cardboard maquette, and then she uses scrap aluminum which she cuts, tacks, bends until she gets the final angle, then she constructs a finished maquette and will ultimately work to scale. The Mississippi Museum of Art commissioned Jane to work on her largest piece which was constructed in Corten steel and weighed 4,000 pounds.  Jane Manus also makes furniture.

Thomas Lollar explains: “My first visit to Rome was pivotal in developing a deeper interest in antiquity. I was always interested in history but Rome brings alive the ancient world. Subsequent stays as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome have furthered my interest in various aspects of ancient life, including the exploration and research of ancient maps.”

He begins by drawing a map fragment, which transforms into clay, marble and metal work. He is a master ceramist who hand-builds clay murals depicting architectural and geographical themes. His broad range of subjects includes international landmarks rendered in both frontal bas-relief and aerial views.

Mr. Lollar makes the clay tiles in geometric or irregular forms carving onto the wet surface. The colors are the result of a combination of media that arises from applying copper, bronze, platinum and metallic paints and glazes. He stains with pigment and fires in the reduction kiln at 2400 degrees in order to achieve the Italian frescoed texture.

Many years ago, he was given an Etruscan mirror which captivated him as do the Roman vases that have been a constant reminder for his inspiration. His commissions include Teachers College, Columbia University, Cleveland University, Ohio and Daiwa Bank, Osaka.

Please see his website tomlollar.com

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