Iammarino sculpture retrospective

Feb 22, 2019
© 2019 A wax model for bronze by Richard Iammarino is part of the Rockland artist’s show at the city’s Steel House South.

Rockland — Steel House Projects will present an exhibition of sculpture by artist Richard Iammarino, beginning with a 5 to 7 p.m. opening reception Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Steel House South, 639 Main St.

At 82, Iammarino has spent a lifetime painting, drawing and sculpting; the works included in this show span more than 50 years. Until now, this collection has never been shown publicly. Inspirations of this work include a 1969 encounter in San Francisco with tiny Japanese Netsuke carvings of ivory or ebony; and the sculptural folk-art work of Elie Nadelman and Inuit carvings.

Working in ivory, ebony and other exotic woods, Iammarino went on to work in in lost-wax casting in bronze at a foundry in Madison, Wis. While there, he developed a complete chess set that is now in a private collection in New York; studies for this work, as well as a King, Queen, Rook, Knight and Pawn, are on view.

Born in 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, Iammarino also has pursued printmaking, cartooning and mural-painting. After attending the Cleveland Institute of Art in the early 1960s, he chose a peripatetic lifestyle, traveling through western and eastern Europe; and across north and west Africa, Brazil, India, Mexico and Bangladesh. He relocated to Rockland in 2014.

Steel House Projects is a multidisciplinary art space providing access to contemporary artists, thinkers and technologists through exhibitions, workshops, talks, events and more, co-directed by Alexis Iammarino and Maeve O’Regan. This show will run through April 5. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment; call 751-9763.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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