Mark di Suvero: Beautifying Governors Island with Steel

NEW YORK—A series of Mark di Suvero sculptures graces the grounds of Governors Island. Presented for a second time by the Storm King Art Center, the exhibition debuted last weekend when the island opened to the public for the season. The industrial steel works are studies in form, composition and structure that explore movement and perspective. Di Suvero constructs and installs the large-scale, abstract sculptures himself with the help of a team. This year’s exhibition includes two new works.

Watch a video, produced last year, in which di Suvero discusses his preference for working with steel, his methods and the appeal of showcasing his creations on the grounds of the island.

“Mark di Suvero at Governors Island” is on view from May 26 to September 30, 2012.

All photos by Arts Observer

Above, Detail of “Po-Um (Lyric).” Top of page, “Tamimiami.”

“Chonk On,” 2000 (steel) was painted red especially for this summer’s exhibit.

“Mahatma,” 1978-79 (steel) was inspired by Mahatma Ghandi and includes a bended steel beam.

Detail of “Old Buddy (For Rosko).” Rosko, the artist’s dog, protected him when he worked in an isolated studio on an industrial pier.

Installation view of “Old Buddy (For Rosko),” 1993-1995 (steel).

“Rust Angel”: Di Suvero describes it as “a very elegant moment like what an archer does when they draw their bow.”

Installation view of “Po-Um (Lyric),” 2003 (steel and stainless steel).

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