My name is Robin Antar, and I am a sculptor from Brooklyn, New York. This jacket was carved out of a solid piece of limestone in around 2005. The real jacket was hanging on a hook, and that was used as a model. It was used, tools that were used were diamond wheels, chisels, air hammers, grinding wheels, and it was polished, it was carved, and then it was polished up to a 600 grit. And then it was hand stained with different oil stains that I made up to copy the denim material.
This is a pencil. Why did I do a pencil? Because my kids went to a school back in the day, in the nineteen nineties and I really loved this school. And at the time, I was searching what to do for my sculptures, what represents America. And schools and pencils…. And the old number two is a classic.
And I did one and, in fact, I gave one to the school and I kept one for myself. This sculpture is made out of a solid piece of limestone. One piece, wire and it is hand stained. And the tip on the bottom is stone, as well.
This is a model for a Torah casing which was carved out of a solid piece of stone in 1992. This is one piece of stone representing the Wailing Wall, the Kotel, with towelette coming on top. I got this idea because in our community people donate Torahs. And when you go to a Torah dedication, they always have a towelette wrapped over the Torah.
So I got an idea of actually creating a Torah case with the towelette within the design. The Torah case is treated like a sculpture rather than a two dimensional surface design.
This piece is a knot. It is one of the several knot pieces that I have created. It is carved out of a solid piece of watermelon marble. And, basically, this piece represents the frustrations, and the anxieties of raising children. One of my children drove me crazy, so I decided, I made three knots in his honor. This is D Knot #1, and I got D Knot #2, and inside is D Knot #3. My abstract pieces represent emotions and experiences of life. Each piece has a definitive incident which made me inspired to create the image.
A few weeks ago I published a post about a journalism student in NYU who decided to do a project on me. Her project was to document a day in New York City from the perspective of a visually impaired artist. By doing this project, she was not only able to find out a lot about me and my stone sculptures, but she was able to compile a video presentation, which she got to use for school.
This video captures me as an artist who has a passion for creating contemporary sculptures of realism, in addition to abstract sculptures from my point of view, which includes the fact that I am legally blind in my right eye. This video also explains how I use my modern sculptures to preserve objects such as toothpaste, ketchup, and cookies.
Outside of these representational sculptures that I make, these are all objects that have an expiration date, and they will eventually “go bad.” But when these objects are created in solid stone, I can be assured that they will withstand the test of time. In essence my stone sculptures are a visual history book for future generations who will wonder what the world was like in our times. And because these sculptures are made from stone, they are immortal, and they will last forever, which means that they will influence many people for years to come.
Below is the video that was created about me by Dongnan Chen. I hope you enjoy it!
I recently had an interview on Pop Culture Radio. To listen to the interview click on the links below. (If the links don’t work, try using Google Chrome)
About a week ago I got an E-mail from a journalism student in NYU, named Dongnan Chen, who was doing a school project. The project was to document a day in New York City from the perspective of a visually impaired artist. Since Dongnan had a strong interest in my artwork, including my contemporary sculptures of realism, and she had a strong curiosity to know about my perspective of life in the city, she decided to choose me for the project.
In order to complete the project, Dongnan had to follow me around for two days with a video camera, and she had to capture the details of sounds or scenery that people usually haven’t noticed. In addition to that, she featured some of my modern sculptures, and she got to speak to me and find out about me and the way I perceived life in New York City.
We spoke about my experience of living in the city, why I have chosen to stay there, my favorite part of the city, and how the life there has inspired me to do my stone sculptures. We also got to talk about how I perceive daily life and how I present it in abstract sculptures, representational sculptures, and other types of artwork.
Despite all of the awards and recognition I have received over the years, Dongnan’s decision to follow me and learn more about me gave me an amazing feeling. Not only was I able to introduce another person into my life through my eyes, but I was able to learn some great things about myself as well. It truly was a wonderful experience.
Sculptors around Canada recently entered their best stone sculptures, metal sculptures, and glass sculptures into the third annual National Sculpture Competition at Kingsbrae Garden. Fifteen out of the hundreds of sculptors were selected as finalists for the 2011 contest, which is going to be held at the end of May and June.
When the competition takes place, two out of the fifteen sculptures are going to be selected to join the winners of previous years’ competitions in the 27-acre public Sculpture Garden, as well as being awarded with some wonderful cash prizes. In addition, the other thirteen abstract sculptures, representational sculptures, and contemporary sculptures will be available for purchase to the public, but they will remain on site until mid-October so that everybody can enjoy their beauty.
Normally this competition allows for 12 of the modern sculptures to be selected into the finals, but with such amazing sculpting and realism that was entered into the contest, the committee members decided to expand it to fifteen. With tens of thousands of people voting on the sculptures they liked the best, the contest has ensured that visitors will be impressed when they see them all on display.
Being that they will now be next to such marvelous works of art from years’ past, the Sculpture Garden is sure to be a place for many photo opportunities this upcoming May and June. If you want to attend, or you simply want more information about this event, visit: www.kingsbraegarden.com.