Buoyant Force is a 50-foot steel sculpture by Sue Wrbican inspired by the paintings of American Surrealist Kay Sage (b. 1898, Albany, New York; d. 1963, Woodbury, Connecticut). Sage, who lived in the shadow of her husband, the surrealist Yves Tanguy, is now recognized for her paintings of scaffolded structures and furled fabric in desolate landscapes. Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) organized the first comprehensive exhibition of Wrbican’s work, entitled Well Past the Echo, in Fall 2017. The exhibition featured photography, maquettes of Sage-inspired structures, and a site-specific installation. It was featured in The Washington Post and East City Art. Based on the success of the exhibition, GRACE has commissioned Wrbican to realize one of her structures at full-size in Reston Town Square Park.

Information can be found below on Signed, Limited Edition Artwork Prints and an exclusive Artist Book created by Sue Wrbican.

AVAILABLE PRINTS

    

Left:
Sue Wrbican
Weight of Paint #1, 2020
Archival pigment print on Moab paper
8 ½ x 11 inches (paper size)
Signed, Limited Edition of 50
$125
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Right:
Sue Wrbican
Due East, Spring 2020, 2020
Archival pigment print on Moab paper
11 x 17 inches (paper size)
Signed, Limited Edition of 50
$150
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GRACE is pleased to launch the Buoyant Force fundraising initiative offering the opportunity to collect a special, numbered, limited-edition print signed by the artist, Sue Wrbican. The photograph, Due East, Spring 2020, places the sculpture in time and space making record of its current state and simultaneously prompting consideration of how changes may occur in coming seasons. Weight of Paint #1 is a digital image designed to determine paint color direction in the fabrication process. Though the colors represented in the image were not final, this rendering represents a pivotal point in the construction phase.

All proceeds of the Buoyant Force fundraising initiative will directly support GRACE’s remaining debt incurred in delivering this unprecedented community art project. Thank you for supporting GRACE, this project, and our contributions to increase contemporary arts education and experiences in the region and beyond.

GRACE is currently accepting pre-orders and shipping will begin at the end of July.

Click here to purchase Weight of Paint #1 at $125.*

Click here to purchase Due East, Spring 2020 at $150.*

Click here to purchase Weight of Paint #1 and Due East, Spring 2020 at special combination price of $250.*

*$12 Shipping Fee and 6% Sales Tax to be added at transaction.

 


AVAILABLE ARTIST BOOK

Sue Wrbican
Biography of Catastrophe and the Eventual Outcome of an Instant, 2017
Handbound by the author

In Biography of Catastrophe and the Eventual Outcome of an Instant, two narratives overlap documenting a shift from a hurricane in the Outer Banks to building a sculpture in Sugar Loaf, NY intertwining ideas of environment, weather, feminism, and art history. The sculpture, based on Hyphen, a painting by Kay Sage (1954), is the culmination of the book.

 

Worn-out sails from ships were used in different ways throughout the span of the project, either as charged objects or for utilitarian purposes. One of the sails featured in the book is the cover, permitting readers to hold the material referenced while reading. The sculpture, built on the Seligmann Homestead in Sugar Loaf, NY in 2015, was painted with colors inspired by the palette of Sage. One of the sails, used as a dropcloth while painting the work, retains traces of the painted sculpture and is apparent in some, but not all, of the covers.

The book was released in the Fall of 2017 in concert with the exhibition Well Past the Echo at GRACE.

Click here to purchase Biography of Catastrophe and the Eventual Outcome of an Instant, at $300.*

70% of proceeds will support the artist.

*$20 Shipping Fee and 6% Sales Tax to be added at transaction.