exhibitions

NYC 53rd St. New York Public Library "Spirits by the Sea"

The 53rd St NYPL is a remarkable neo-modern building that opened to the public in June, 2016.  I'm honored to be the first artist to be asked to exhibit in this lovely light-filled space across the street from the Museum of Modern Art.  This is a one-man show with thirty-three wood sculptures and ten macro-lens photographs of details in glacial rocks.  All works were found on the North Fork of Long Island and represent many new works created over the past decade.  The setting is perfect for reflecting the Chinese ideals that have infused my art for many years -- it is a place of quiet reflection where one can sense an ancient world filled with scholar-artists (so-called "cultured people" or "wenren" in Chinese) who sought to find the inner energy (qi") in the natural world as rendered in painting, calligraphy, and music. While the Library is alive with visitors, young and older, the setting is conducive to a quiet sense of contemplation.   The Library is open every day except Sunday from 11am-6pm.  

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Tue, 06/06/2017 - Wed, 09/20/2017
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Greenport Tree Committee Auction "Magical Maniac"

NOTE:  Auction postponed. Watch this listing for new timing.  When the mid-19th century silver maple was finally felled in 2011, several local artists were given pieces to transform into art works.  I was fortunate to receive four of those pieces that eventually became sculptures in our house and garden.  One of my sculptures -- Magical Maniac" -- will be at the Greenport Tree Comittee Auction.  When I first saw this image in the inner bark of this old tree, I was fascinated by the strange ugliness of a human face -- mishapen head, mouth agape, warts and all.  But over time, I felt a growing attraction, akin to how we feel about the Hunchback of Notre Dame as the story progresses.  I began to realize that my maniac possessed ancient wisdom.  As I meditated on the sculpture, sharing my problems and worries, he stared back as if to say -- "you think you've got worries, my anxieties are literally written on my face."  And then magically, my fretting decreased and my smiling increased.  And so a scary visage became a wise, dear friend, my beloved Maghical Maniac.

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Sat, 10/03/2015
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"Happy Mountain" Greenport, NY

"Happy Mountain" is a public sculpture in a childrens' playground in Greenport, a wonderful seaside town roughly two hours east of New York City.  The sculpture utlizes the massive trunk of a 160-year old silver maple that had to be felled because the brittle overhanging limbs threatened the children below.  As soon as I saw the stump, I realized that it offered marvelous texture that seemed perfect for a modern version of a Chinese landscape painting.  The work -- rough cleaning, sanding, priming, and painting -- required about three weeks of work (while a day camp brought dozens of children who played around the stump while I did my thing).  The other side of the stump is being transformed into a bench for parents and children alike, being shaped by the remarkable David Nyce, a great furniture artist who also happens to be the former mayor of Greenport.  The inauguration of the work -- both my landscape and Nyce's bench -- will be scheduled at a later date.

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"Oysterponds Art Auction" Orient, NY

Oysterponds -- the major museum in the historical town of Orient -- has a much-heralded annual art auction which attracts clients from the Long Island and greater New York City area.  My contribution was an "untitled" sculpture in a show that otherwise featured two-dimensional art.  I was pleased that my work was featured prominently and that it sold at auction.  All proceeds go to help the cause of Oysterponds.

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Sat, 08/01/2015
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"The Big Egg Hunt" New York City

The Big Egg Hunt of New York City featured 270 selected artist -- each was given a meter-high white egg and asked to transform it into a unique image.  The eggs were then hidden all over the five boroughs -- those who found the most eggs were awarded a golden necklace from Faberge with and egg design.  At the end of the Big Egg Hunt, all of the art works were aucdtioned and proceeds were given to Studio in the School.  The Big Egg Hunt, which first occurred in London in 2012, was the brainchild of Mark Shand who tragically died in April on the evening of the big auction.  Unlike almost all the artists, I decided not paint or manipulate the egg itself, but rather to celebrate the egg's perfect natural shape with a conceptual basket made of 24 pieces of young bamboo.

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Wed, 04/02/2014 - Thu, 04/24/2014
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"Nature Incorporated," ArtSites, 651 Main St., Riverhead, NY

"Nature Incorporated" considers how nature is used as raw material -- both exploited and used for its own characterstics and associations.  Robert Oxnam has several pieces in this exhibition, all remarkably curated by Glynis Berry.  The other artists in the show include Hideaki Ariizumi, Lillian Ball, Andrea Cote, Scott McIntire, Hope Sandrow + Ulf Skogsberg, Nina Yankowitz, and "Potraits" from Tracy Heneberger.   Oxnam also offers a lecture on October 20, 2012 entitled "Inspired by Old China: Gardens and Rocks."  Proceeds from sales (20%) and special events go to the not-for-profit Peconic Green Growth.  The overall impact of this imaginative show reveals the breadth and ingenuity of many artists exploring the contemporary fascination with the magnificent, yet threatened, natural environment in which we live.  

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Fri, 09/21/2012 - Sat, 12/15/2012
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"Balance/Tension" Full Moon Art Center East Moriches, NY

Nine of my works are displayed in this remarkable arts festival which has its opening on July 21, 2012. Ronnie Wiener, the director of the Center, and Avital Oz, a fine sculptor who serves as curator of this event, are overseeing what they call a "multi-media and interactive series." In addition to a wide array of visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, and ceramics), the festival features jazz music, balance acts, Tai Chi sword performance, circus balance acts, and a series of workshops. The Full Moon Arts Center is located in a beautiful restored estate with interesting interior spaces and an unusual outdoor stage. The major events occur over three Saturday evenings, 6-9 pm, with a charge of $50 per person. The address is: Full Moon Arts Center 6 Moriches Avenue East Moriches, NY 11940 Phone 631 878 0718 www.fullmoonartscenter.org

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Sat, 07/21/2012 - Sat, 08/11/2012
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Robert Oxnam & Arden Scott

Two maritime-inpired artists from Long Island's North Fork are collaborating in this one-night benefit exhibition at the 19th century mansion known as Brecknock Hall.  Oxnam's works are drawn from weathered wood, while Scott's use a variety of materials -- especially old iron and pine-tarred wood.  The exhibition curator is a well-known North Fork art expert, Jennifer Benton.  Benton's husband, David Nyce,is a man of many talents -- installer of the exhibition, remarkable furniture artist (two of his pieces are on display), and mayor of the wonderful town of Greenport where the exhibition takes place.

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Sat, 10/01/2011
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"Two Views of China," Rockefeller Brothers Fund, opening exhibition for new headquarters

The elegant new RBF headquarters features lobby gallery space with spectacular views of the Hudson River. The exhibition, curated by Cynthia Altman, featured fifteen Oxnam sculptures and fascinating large-format photographs of the Great Wall (a collaborative work involving photographer Jonathan Ball and historian David Spindler). Both the sculptures and the photographs conveyed deep messages about Chinese tradition – the sculptures based on the inspiration of Chinese scholars rocks and the photos depicting key sections of the Great Wall that figured importantly in Chinese history.

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Thu, 09/17/2009 - Thu, 09/09/2010
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“Eye World,” Triple Candie Gallery (New York City)

An unusual exhibition in which Oxnam was one of seventy-two artists invited from around the globe. The entire show was housed in an old-fashioned art cabinet with seventy-two drawers capped by a glass top. Each artist was allotted a single drawer for an object and a space on top for an “ambassador” (something that offered a link to the art work below). The curators, Emily Cheng and Michelle Loh, published a beautiful catalogue (one page for each artist). For further information, contact www.eyeworldart.com

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Thu, 11/12/2009 - Tue, 01/12/2010
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