“Architecture and functional objects inform the vocabulary of my sculpture. The plywood surfaces, laminated with wood veneers or painted with acrylic colors, are configured to reveal surprising shapes and patterns with shifts in the viewer’s perspective. A sense of disorientation, implied weightlessness, human gesture and the element of surprise are created by the reductive forms and subvert the modernist vocabulary of the simple constructions.”
RICHARD BOTTWIN (b. 1950) lives and works in New York City and has maintained his sculpture studio in Brooklyn since 1990. He has had solo exhibitions at, among others, OK Harris Gallery in New York, Metaphor Gallery in Brooklyn, and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia. He has participated in group exhibitions at Tacit Gallery, Melbourne; DM Contemporary Gallery, New York; Bunsen/ Götz Galerie, Nuremberg; Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen; and Art Forum Ute Barth, Zurich. His work has been included in group shows at The Neuer Kunstverein in Aschaffenburg, Germany; The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit NJ; Moma PS 1 in Long Island City, NY; and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Bottwin has also created site-specific installations at The Sculpture Center in Long Island City, NY; The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY; and in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia (with the Philadelphia Art Alliance). His work in public collections includes the Bayerische Landesbank headquarters in NYC and The Pratt Institute outdoor sculpture collection in Brooklyn. He has received two artist’s grants from the State of Pennsylvania and one from New York State, and he was awarded a residency at the Edward Albee Foundation, Montauk NY. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Brooklyn Rail.