Belvedere Torso, 2010
Chrome plated and powder coated steel
May 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016 or August 1
Belvedere Torso is inspired by the remains of a 2nd century BC marble figure I saw in the Vatican Museum. Michelangelo’s love of this fragment was well known in his lifetime and I chose to represent it after sketching, and seeing with my eyes, the same object that Michelangelo’s eyes had seen. Making a connection with the art historical tradition is something I explore often in my work, linking to the past through something new. The sculpture represents the Changing Landscape through the dramatic difference in it’s appearance as compared to the marble in the original, thus echoing the way humans have impacted the land. Using steel that is chrome plated brings a modern sensibility to an ancient theme visually defining the vast differences in society from then to now. Placing the piece outdoors in the landscape alters the viewer’s gaze from the environment they are used to and infuses it with a manmade update that celebrates the past. The Torso’s location at the top of the acropolis invites visitors to experience the entire Flux exhibition as they navigate the park to seek it out and enjoy the Changing Landscape.
Motivated by his study of human anatomy and movement, Jack Howard-Potter works with steel to create large-scale figurative sculptures. His work has been on display throughout the world in outdoor sculpture parks, galleries and public art exhibitions.
Howard-Potter grew up in New York City where he was inspired by the public sculpture of Alexander Calder, George Ricky and various performance, dance, and artistic exposure. He earned a BA in Art History and Sculpture from Union College and has been making and displaying his original sculpture since 1997.
After college, Howard-Potter moved to Colorado and worked with a blacksmith creating furniture and learning about the properties of steel, the medium that he would eventually use to create his art. Howard-Potter also gained the skills to convey a heightened sense of fluidity in solid steel while learning about the commercial practices of metalworking
In 2001 Jack enrolled in anatomy and drawing classes at the Art Students League in New York City to further his skills as a figurative artist and understand how the human form works and moves. Famed artist and instructor at the League for 40 years, Anthony Palumbo, selected Howard-Potter to work as his assistant and eventually became his mentor. For two years Jack immersed himself in the human form, sketching five days each week and completing thousands of drawings. It was this practice that gave him the in-depth knowledge of human anatomy that can be seen in his work today.
In 2005 Howard-Potter made his largest and most daring sculpture to date, The Muse. Standing 27 feet tall the monumental figure of a female form taking to the sky, made out of almost two thousand pounds of steel covered in a galvanized and powder coated silver skin took 4 months to complete and representing a major success in Mr. Howard-Potter’s career.
Jack has permanent and long-term displays in sculpture parks, municipalities and galleries across the country including Marco Island and Coral Springs, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; Pemberton, New Jersey; Salem, New York; Jackson, Tennessee; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois and Blaine, Washington.
Howard-Potter resides in New York City with his wife, Erica, daughter, Skylar and son Lyndon, and is a member of the board of trustees for the Elisa Monte Dance Company where he continues sketch rehearsals and draw inspiration from the dancers.
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