Petition: Getting Expansion Back to Brooklyn – Your Feedback

Hello,

This page was where we asked people to leave their names and comments to support the petition to Get Expansion Back to Brooklyn. To manage signatures easily we have moved the petition here.

But some of the comments below are so touching and moving that I would like to leave them.

THANK YOU to all of you who have taken the time to sign up the petition and to share how you have connected with Expansion. This is an integral part of why I love doing what I do.

>> Keep up the great work! Click here, sign up and share!

Love,

Paige

 

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LINKS

>>The Story of Expansion

>> Images of Expansion

>> News and Links about Expansion

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News and Links about Expansion

Latest News About Expansion

Expansion voted #1 in “25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World” - August 2014

Expansion on Public Display at Henley Festival – July 2014

Links

Poor Artists – Tumblr posting featuring Expansion by Paige Bradley

Beyond Rodin – Rye, New York
New Directions in Comtemporary Figurative Sculpture.

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IMAGES OF EXPANSION

#GETTING EXPANSION BACK TO BROOKLYN

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley.

Expansion – photographed in New York, NY
Empire Fulton-Ferry State Park/ Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, Brooklyn

 

 

Expansion and the City of London Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media 76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal) Artist Proof 1/1 - photographed in London, UK

Expansion and the City of London
Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media
76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal)
Artist Proof 1/1 – photographed in London, UK

 

 

Expansion in a Collector's Garden Joshua Tree, California

Expansion in a Collector’s Garden
Joshua Tree, California

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expansion at the Henley Festival, July 2014 Henley-On-Thames, UK

Expansion at the Henley Festival,
July 2014
Henley-On-Thames, UK

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The Story of Expansion

“From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a box already built for us to fit inside.  Our umbilical cord never seems to be severed; we only find new needs to fill. If we disconnected and severed our attachments, would we shatter our confinements and expand beyond our shell? Would the world look different?  Would we recognize ourselves? Are we the box that we are inside, and to be authentically ‘un-contained’ would we still be able to exist? This is the irony of containment. As long as we don’t push on the walls of our surroundings, we may never know how strong we really are.”   PAIGE BRADLEY

expansion_london

Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media
76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal)
Artist Proof 1/1 – photographed in London, UK

I conceived of this piece when I first moved to Manhattan. I was a bit startled by the power of the curators and the critics and how they all had an anti-figure slant on what they deemed show-worthy. So many of these people felt like everything figurative had already been done, and real art was about being a “Visionary” rather than just showing ability, accuracy or general talent. Thus, the figure had generally disappeared from galleries, museums, important collections, art fairs and other shows. The few of us that were left had no place to exhibit and our voice was not being heard. Many figurative sculptors started teaching, as that was all they could do.

If I wanted to stay in the fine art field, I knew I had to join my contemporaries and make ‘contemporary’ art. I knew that it was time to let go of all the finely tuned skills I had acquired over the years, and just trust in the process of making art. The art world was telling me I had to break down my foundation, let my walls crumble, expose myself completely, and from there I will find the true essence of what I needed to say.

So, literally, I took a perfectly good (wax) sculpture– a piece I had sculpted with precision over several months– an image of a woman meditating in the lotus position, and just dropped it on the floor. I destroyed what I made. I was letting it all go. It was scary. It shattered into so many pieces. My first feeling was, “what have I done?!” Then, I trusted it would all come together like I envisioned.

Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media 76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal) Artist Proof 1/1

National Sculpture Society Exhibition, 2006

We cast all the pieces in bronze and assembled the pieces so they floated apart from one another. Then I brought in a lighting specialist and we built a crazy lighting system to make it glow from within. It turned out even better than I thought. And the best is that the image of “Expansion” means so much to so many who see it. I get letters every day! I feel like I really did my job successfully!

From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a box already built for us to fit inside.  Our umbilical cord never seems to be severed; we only find new needs to fill.

If we disconnected and severed our attachments, would we shatter our confinements and expand beyond our shell?

Would the world look different?  Would we recognize ourselves?

Are we the box that we are inside, and to be authentically ‘un-contained’ would we still be able to exist?

This is the irony of containment.  As long as we don’t push on the walls of our surroundings, we may never know how strong we really are.

Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media 76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal) Artist Proof 1/1

Expansion – photographed in New York, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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>> Images of Expansion

>> News and Links about Expansion

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T: @paigesculpture

 

 

 

 

Paige Bradley: Celebrating 20 Years in Sculpture

World-acclaimed figurative sculptor announces her Solo Exhibition launching on July 19 at Classic Art Gallery, Carmel – CA.

PRESS RELEASE, July 10 2014

Paige Bradley, a Carmel native sculptor known for high standards of achievement in the world of figurative sculpture, will exhibit her latest sculptures and drawings at Classic Art Gallery from July 19th – August 18th 2014.

A selection of her most recent works will be premiered at the show. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Saturday, July 19 from 5:00-8:00 at Classic Art Gallery, Sixth and San Carlos, Carmel.

"Momentum" by Paige Bradley - Clay

“Momentum” by Paige Bradley – Clay

The exhibition, (Bradley’s first solo exhibition in four years and her seventh since joining the gallery in 1996) explores personal issues of isolation and connection, intimacy, and identity through the figure.

The event is a celebration on many levels; it is Paige’s first retrospective, marking 20 years in sculpture, and the launch of her first book: “Stretching Boundaries”.

 

“As a young girl, I was walking down San Carlos Street in Carmel when I looked into a gallery window and saw a figurative bronze sculpture. I thought, “I can do that!” Thirty-something years later, I am having my most important show yet– on the very same street. I am so grateful for all my supporters making this possible “ says Bradley.

More about Paige Bradley

Paige Bradley’s work is collected and has been exhibited in many cities around the world such as: Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, London, Vienna, Miami, Houston, Santa Fe, Carmel….

 >> Click here to access her biography

>> Click here to view how people connect and respond to her Art

 

 

 

 

About Classic Art Gallery

Established in 1992, Classic Art Gallery holds one of the most complete and valuable collection of original fine art in the country. Jovan and Sanya Micovic, the owners of Classic Art Gallery, who gave Paige her first gallery opportunity, have since moved into a beautiful new gallery space in Carmel. Paige Bradley is one of their premiere artists, and you can view her work at any of their three locations: Ocean and Dolores, Sixth and San Carlos, or El Paseo in Palm Desert.

Contact

>> For more information about the show, please contact Classic Art Gallery:                                 sanya@classicartgallery.com Tel: (831) 625-0464

>> For more information about Paige and her work, please contact Leo Schmid:        leo@paigebradley.com

 

"Aspire" by Paige Bradley - Clay

“Aspire” by Paige Bradley – Clay

Expansion Sculpture on Public Display at Henley Festival (9-13 July 2014)

PRESS RELEASE  – London, 26 June 2014

Award-winning sculptor Paige Bradley has selected three of her sculptures to take part in the prestigious Henley Festival in Henley-on-Thames (UK) on 9-13 July 2014, including Expansion , the piece that made her famous.

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley.

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley.

In addition to Expansion, Vertigo and Balance life-size will be on display in the sculpture garden.

“Music. Art. Summer nights. Great food and wine. Boats on the River with fireworks overhead. Black ties and evening gowns.  What is not to LOVE about the Henley Festival?  It is the ultimate celebration of British Summer. I am excited to have my sculptures upon the lawn during this fantastic event.  It is a great honor to be a participant and I will enjoy every minute!” says Bradley.

“From my point of view, the art and sculpture we have on site is one of the things that sets the Henley Festival apart from pretty much any other event you can name – and when you have the opportunity to show the kind of work Paige is producing, I know I can be wholly confident that we have the ingredients we need to create a truly special event” says Stewart Collins, Artistic Director at Henley Festival.

About Henley Festival

Henley Festival is one of the biggest and best-loved music and arts festivals in the UK. Its unquestionable edge of elegance, extraordinary atmosphere and attention to detail sets it leagues apart from the rest of the festival calendar.

A magical annual event etched in the diaries and imaginations of those in the know, Henley Festival is an exclusive pass to five nights of unrivaled revelry. It takes place the week after the Henley Regatta.

About Paige Bradley

Click here for Paige’s biography.

Paige Bradley is celebrating 20 years of sculpture this year. She will further celebrate with a Solo Show in Carmel, California, USA launching on 19 July 2014 and with the release of her first catalogue: “Stretching Boundaries – Celebrating 20 years of Sculpture”

Contact

For more information please contact:

Leo Schmid  I  Marketing & Communications Director I  Paige Bradley Fine Art

leo@paigebradley.com

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Metamorphosis

Hello,

My name is Leo.  I am a girl friend of Paige and work closely with her, mainly overseeing her communications and marketing.

Paige has asked me a couple of months ago to write a post to introduce myself and tell you my story: how I left France for London and much later how our paths crossed, as she thought this was inspiring.

I preferred to hold back as in my view, what was going on in “Mrs B ‘s” studio and in her mind was much more interesting to the rest of the world!

Today I feel compelled to” take the pen” as something exciting and magical is going to happen in the studio and I cannot help sharing the news!

Just like for the making of Expansion, Paige is about to shatter her new sculpture Momentum on the floor, in order to rebuild it and allow light to shine through it.

It is a unique procedure for an artist to shatter their work in pieces but as Paige said, “the process of letting go of my obsession with perfection is how I learned to expand as an artist.”

Excited at the prospect of this taking place, my marketing brain switched on and in a couple of seconds I had made a whole event out of this process. We HAD to invite the press in the studio as well as galleries, curators, collectors, and the list went on. We HAD to capture that moment on film and share it on the net so everyone could live it.

The world and I fell in love with Expansion, so seeing the most crucial part of such breath-taking work take place, I thought, would be a most unique experience for sculpture professionals and amateurs.

Imagine admiring a beautifully accomplished piece of clay that after much hard work has taken the perfect shape. Imaging holding your breath as the sculpture comes crashing to the floor. Imagine the silence that follows which holds the uncertainty of its future: is the piece too shattered that it cannot be put back together?  Or is okay? Can it make it back to life? Imagine watching Paige examining anxiously the shattered pieces on the floor…the nervous silence, the heavy seconds that follow a violent accident.  And then imagine a Soul emerging from the chaos. Imagine Paige raising her head, looking around the room with a smile of relief: It has made it!  All there is to do now is to give It its body back.

I don’t think there can be as emotional and as magical as a moment in the making of a piece of Art.

“I’m sorry” said Paige, “I really like to do this sort of thing in private”.

And that’s easy to understand. Like giving birth in a way, with all the excitement and uncertainties this event holds, one wants to keep this vulnerable, emotional and special moment for themselves, in privacy and in humility.

So we will share the happy news when Momentum will join us, after its metamorphosis.

 

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

 

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

 

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

FRAUD – WARNING to Artists and Galleries!

Dear All,

I caught a fraud attempt on my work in extremis and would like to share details with you so that you can be more aware of suspicious requests should they come to you.

I have recently received an email from a so-called Frank Saylor ( email address: franksaylor01@gmail.com )  inquiring about one of my paintings to offer to his wife.

The “client” said he was moving to the Philippines and needed the painting to be picked up by a shipper ASAP.  He then “fed-exed” me a questionable check and asked me to pay the shipper directly via wire transfer. At this point I became highly suspicious and started some research on the internet.

I found a gallery had been victim of the same fraud attempt on them, and thank God they wrote about it on the net: http://www.siliconinvestor.com/readmsg.aspx?msgid=29394404

A couple of days later I received a similarly suspicious email from a so-called Larry Douglas larrydouglas9090@gmail.com

I hope you will not have to deal with such requests, and if you do, I hope my note will have been a little helpful.

Here are links on how to report a fraud:

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-a-fraud/how-to-report-a-fraud

http://www.stopfraud.gov/report.html

All my best,

Paige

Women, the Sacred

As a young female born in the twentieth century, I have become more and more saddened by the loss of feminine power that generations have seen within the last thousand years.  I have grown up in a man’s world where women are finally coming to power so they can sit as equals with men.  Only to find out that long ago we once held that same seat; we were appreciated, empowered and even considered sacred.

The female body is a miraculous creator of life.  Even though the days of the red tents may be gone, we do not have to claim ignorance to our power to give life.  Growing up with dirty jokes, instead of wise women that share their own experiences, has taken its toll on many generations of women.

I know too many women who are shamed by their age; stretching out their wrinkles, injecting themselves with anti-age poisons, and squeezing out every bit of proof of the experiences and wisdom they have earned.

I have lost a history that I never knew.

I have lost a power that I could have had.

I have lost a family that I should have felt.

We have repressed a magic source of nature just because we could put no measure to it.  I hope we will become a society who no longer covers up who we are, but discovers who we were meant to be. We can learn to love our experiences and show them without shame.  Growing wise and understanding that beauty does not lay in an elixir, but rather tapping into the energy nature has gifted us.  It takes courage to be beautifully unique and powerfully real.

 

The Visionary, bronze by Paige Bradley

The Visionary, bronze by Paige Bradley

 

Barbie on Sports Illustrated?!

Hurrah to all the ballet companies and fashion designers that no longer celebrate the anorexic women.  Hurrah to all of them for supporting a healthier female.  Why can’t Sports Illustrated do the same?  Don’t they know that their swimsuit edition has a great effect on how young women see their bodies?

They chose Barbie to celebrate the 50 years of S.I.’s 2014 swimsuit edition.  There are a lot of iconic ’50’ year olds they could have put on the cover, instead of Barbie.  I doubt Barbie has worked as hard as Christie Brinkley (60), Carol Alt (53), Elle Macpherson (49), Cindy Crawford (47), Linda Evangelista (48),  Estelle Lefebure (47), or Kathy Ireland (50), Paulina Porizkova (48).  Those are the women that we should be celebrating!

Barbie on Sports Illustrated

Barbie on Sports Illustrated

The Real Barbie would:

  • Have to crawl to support her top-heavy frame.  And she would be over 6 feet tall!
  • Only have room for a radius OR an ulna in her arms.
  • Only have room for a tibia OR a fibula in her legs.
  • Only have room for an oesophagus OR a trachea in her neck (she could either eat OR breathe . . . she will choose to breathe)
  • Wear a size 3 children’s shoe
  • Have a severely distorted face (like the pictures of aliens), due to the almost triple average size of her head.
  • Not be able to wash or get dressed because her arms are much too short.

Thanks to Barbie, young girls all want to look like her and end up suffering from various eating disorders.  The USA alone spends $11 billion a year on elective plastic surgery procedures.  Over the past 15 years the number of cosmetic procedures has increased by 197%. (The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)