Sculpture by Patrick Strzelec Patrick Strzelec
July 10 - June 30
On view on the Graves Terrace.
Patrick Strzelec makes abstract sculpture using a full range of materials. He has been a recipient of numerous awards in sculpture, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ballinskelligs Project in Ireland; the Rome Prize, Rome, Italy; the National Endowment for the Arts; and numerous New Jersey State Council for the Arts grants. Strzelec has shown with the Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin; Jay Grimm Gallery, New York City; Gary Snyder Fine Arts, New York City; Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York City; and OH&T Gallery, Boston. He is represented by Garth Greenan Gallery in New York City. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Strzelec is the former Rudolph Arnheim Lecturer in Sculpture at Harvard University. Strzelec currently serves as Associate Professor in Sculpture at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Of his work on view at the Robeson Center, Strzelec says, “Pure abstraction can provide a visual, intellectual, and visceral impact. The outdoor work on the sculpture terrace has been an investigation of this concept for the past 25 years. The ambiguity of form illustrates a type of narrative allowing for a personal interpretation. This group of work is intended to inspire a conversation with or by the viewer through its reference to our connection to life but through a reality transformed.”
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