2013 Project Finalist: Dark Stance
10' x 4' x 4'
About Dark Stance
Dark Stance is one of a series of very large-scale constructed sculptures that fuses together elements derived from recognizable objects. In Dark Stance, the front face of an upright piano intersects with two huge closed doors, sound speaker interiors and a lookout tower. The work is painted black to help combine the visual references and to give the work a strong monolithic presence. In the work, all the references imply interaction or function, piano, sound, etc., yet in this work that function or interaction is denied. The piano is mute, as are the speakers. The doors are closed and inaccessible, as is the lookout station on the top on the work.
About Shaun Cassidy
British-born artist Shaun Cassidy has been making work in the United States since 1991. He studied sculpture in England and Canada and worked as a studio assistant for Sir Anthony Caro in London. His work spans a diverse range of materials, processes, and ideas. His work has been shown extensively, including exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park, N.Y., Grounds for Sculpture, N.J., and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille, France. His art has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, and the Wall Street Journal.
Cassidy has been awarded artist residencies at over 10 venues, including the McDowell Colony, N.H., Sculpture Space, N.Y., Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Neb., and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, California. From 2001-2002 he was an affiliate artist at the McColl Center for Visual Arts in Charlotte, N.C., and a CATS-sponsored artist in residence in 2006. Cassidy has completed several public art projects throughout the region and is currently working with Tom Stanley on two major works.
Cassidy serves on the board of directors of the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte. He teaches sculpture at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., where he was named Kinard Teaching Professor of the Year in 2007.
From Winthrop University