Fountain of Cardboard

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The mammoth size of James Grashow’s Corrugated Fountain is only surpassed by his giant talent. Now those near the The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT) can see both. Born in Brooklyn in 1942, he has been creating works that address themes of man, nature and mortality since the 1960’s. A well-known woodcut artist, his prints have appeared regularly in the New York Times and in virtually every periodical and publication through out the country.

Grashow’s enormous cardboard sculpture is inspired by Bernini’s famous Trevi Fountain in Rome. He believes that “creation and destruction are married to each other,” so the work will be installed outdoors on The Aldrich’s front terrace where it will weather and disintegrate. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in Grashow’s project Accumulated Wishes by recording their hopes and dreams on special coins designed by the artist and then tossing them into the Fountain at the Museum.

Excerpts from a documentary chronicling Grashow and Corrugated Fountain by noted filmmaker Olympia Stone of Floating Stone Productions will be on view during the exhibition. The project will be accompanied by two Aldrich Editions—a cardboard sculpture and a woodcut print that reference imagery from Corrugated Fountain—available for purchase at the Museum Store.

The show will be on view from April 1 to May 13, 2012. Opening Reception: Sunday, April 1, 2012; 3 to 5 pm Free for members; included in the price of admission for non-members.

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