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.