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Rules of civility and social distancing - Andrew E. Masich

ARTIST STATEMENT | ART AS DIALOGUE

“We’re all in this together. Now, more than ever before, we must think globally but act locally to protect the past but serve as a steward for future generations. That is the true power and purpose of art: to transform and to inspire.” – Jim West

Jim West’s work always tells a story. It is an evolving narrative meant to engage the viewer on an intellectual, visceral, or emotion level. It challenges us to think, enables us to feel, and encourages us to react. Jim West’s sculptures intentionally showcase the power and purpose of art as dialogue for finding common ground, transforming perspectives, and resolving misunderstandings. Individually and collectively, they encourage audience interaction and engagement, leading to a thoughtful exchange of ideas and opinions on relevant issues.

Nationally-recognized for his monumental figurative works in bronze, West is now bringing a bold style and passion to the contemporary art scene with a new series of interactive sculptures incorporating light, kinetics, and sound. His distinct fusion of technology with sculpture is redefining figurative art and multi-media storytelling through abstract works that ignite uniquely personal, emotional responses. West’s newest figurative works not only showcase his depth and breadth as a fine artist, but also reveal a thought-provoking narrative of the times. Provocative yet poignant, his powerful body of work provides an unparalleled multi-sensory experience for current and future generations. No matter the subject, West’s richly textured sculptures reveal underlying layers of intention that stimulate, resonate, and evoke thoughtful introspection among diverse audiences who often discover that they too have “lived his story.”

WORKS

ARTIST EXHIBITIONS
  • Solo Show of Contemporary Sculptures, Hoyt Art Center Main Gallery (2019)
  • Yellow Dog, Contemporary Sculpture, George Junior Republic/Pump House, Homestead, PA (2019)
  • No Recess Please, Contemporary Sculpture, George Junior Republic, Grove City, PA (2019)
  • MAN UP® Program, George Junior Republic, Hoyt Art Center, Confluence Gallery (2018)
  • 2.C, Contemporary Sculpture, McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation (2018)
  • Split Infinity, Contemporary/Figurative Bronze, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks (2018)
  • Our Path, Contemporary Steel Sculpture, Miami, FL (2018)
  • Despair and Anger, War. Multi-Media, FL (2017)
  • The Bond, Bronze Sculpture, Masonic Museum and Library of Philadelphia, PA (2017)
  • The Edge, Sturgis Museum, SD (2017)
  • Of One, Bronze Sculpture (2013 Private Exhibit)
  • Utter Despair, Abstract Sculpture (2005 Private Exhibit)
ARTIST COMMISSIONS
  • Point of View, Grandview Scenic Byway and Park, Pittsburgh, PA (2006)
  • The Bond, Masonic Museum and Library of Philadelphia, PA (2018)
  • In The East, Ben Franklin, Masonic Museum and Library of Philadelphia, PA (2016)
  • The Walk, Pittsburgh, PA (2011)
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS in Italy and England as well as nationally throughout United States.
GOVERNMENT/COMMUNITY WORK & RECOGNITION
  • Symposium on the Arts, White House, Washington, D.C.
  • Senate of Pennsylvania, Special Recognition for Artistic Accomplishments and Honors in Public Art
  • City of Pittsburgh, Proclamation of Accomplishments in Public Art
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Current Council Member
  • Masonic Museum on Preservation of Monuments, Current Committee Member
  • Episcopal Diocese of Western Pennsylvania, Past Architectural Committee Chairman
  • Pine Creek Watershed, Past Board Member, Environmental Concerns
  • St. Andrew’s Church, Past Board President
  • Lauri Ann West Memorial Library, Past Board Member
  • Western PA Development Council, Founding Past President
  • Children’s Dyslexia Center Pittsburgh, Vice President, Past/Current Board Member