ArtBeat: Caroline Ramersdorfer @ Opalka Gallery [Get Visual]

February 3rd, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara
Installation view of Gravity & Light at Sage Colleges' Opalka Gallery (photo provided by Opalka Gallery)

Installation view of “Gravity & Light” at Sage Colleges’ Opalka Gallery (photo provided by Opalka Gallery)

Review by David Brickman

A world-class sculptor is on view at Sage College of Albany’s Opalka Gallery – so please go see the wonderful retrospective solo show “Gravity & Light: Caroline Ramersdorfer Sculpture, 1985-2016.” It opened on December 2 and will be there through Sunday, March 5, so no excuses.

Ramersdorfer has great international credentials, both in her development and in the exposure of her art – yet, she is also local, having a home and studio in the Adirondacks town of Wells, which she shares with an equally prominent sculptor, John Van Alstine (see my brief review of their two-person show at Lake George Arts Project in 2014). A native of Austria, Ramersdorfer studied art in Paris and Florence and then learned marble carving in Carrara (where else?), and has produced commissioned work for permanent installations in places as fur-flung as China, Iran, Egypt and Abu Dhabi.

One extraordinary feature of this exhibition is its inclusion of numerous maquettes and sketches for some of Ramersdorfer’s major projects, and they are as skillfully crafted as their larger progeny, while also being charming in their tininess. The beautifully produced catalog of the exhibition features lavish illustrations of each foreign installation (plus one on the Sage campus in Albany), telling the story of these remarkable and ambitious creations.

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In Brief: Ramersdorfer and Van Alstine at LGAP [Get Visual]

September 23rd, 2014, 10:00 am by Sara
A view of Confluence of Opposites III at Lake George Arts Project featuring Storm Warning II, left, and Sisyphean Circle, right, by John Van Alstine

A view of Confluence of Opposites III at Lake George Arts Project
featuring Storm Warning II, left, and Sisyphean Circle, right, by John Van Alstine

Review by David Brickman

The idea of a show of only sculpture shouldn’t seem at all radical, but it is uncommon enough that it bears noting. And when such a show is presented by equal partners in a domestic relationship, each with significant international showing experience, at the best little public gallery in our region, it is noteworthy indeed.

Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Van Alstine are not opposites at all, despite the flowery title of their well-wrought exhibition, “Confluence of Opposites III,” at the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery; rather, they share similar characteristics that are more significant than nationality or gender or material or technique. Both work in three dimensions but really emphasize a frontal view of their carefully assembled compositions; both combine strict geometry with naturalistic forms; and both work in dramatic, abstract gestures.

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