For more than forty years, Troy sculptor and retired Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Larry Kagan has been shaping and molding, casting and bending. Whether acrylic, salvaged scrap steel, or light itself, Kagan has been fascinated with shapes, textures, and the interplay of light and shadow. Tactility and touch have also driven his creativity: "The sense of touch is critical for me and I take great pleasure in physically whipping materials into shape."
Shape and Shadow: The Sculpture of Larry Kagan is a retrospective exhibition that will feature fifty works from three distinctive phases of Kagan's career: the 1970s cast acrylic sculptures that reflect and refract light; the found steel works from the 1980s and 90s that play with texture, pattern, and shape; and, more recently, the shadow pieces that rely on strategically positioned steel rods to sculpt light.
Photo 1: Larry Kagan (center) working on installation of exhibition Shape and Shadow: The Sculpture of Larry Kagan.
Photograph by Gary Gold.
Photo 2: Stiletto II, Larry Kagan, 2010, light and steel wire, artist collection. Photograph by Gary Gold.
Photo 3: Buckle, Zig Zag, Façade, Larry Kagan, 1981, flame cut steel plate, artist collection. Photograph by Gary Gold.