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Charles Seplowin - Mandala Series

Artist Biography

Education

1968-1970

Master of Fine Arts, concentration in sculpture

Rhode Island School of Design


1963-1968

Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in sculpture

University of New Hampshire


Teaching Experience

2000-present

The City University of New York, C.U.N.Y. Lehman College

Chair Art Department 2004-2009


Associate Professor Of Art and Technology

1994-2000

Bloomfield College, 1994-2000

Creative Arts and Technology

Professor of Creative Arts and Technology

1989 1992:


Montclair State University, 1989-1993

Halftime Position:

Jewelry Department Supervisor

Fulltime and Adjunct Position: Sculpture Department

1986-1989


New York City Board of Education,

Learning to Read Through the Arts

Grades 5-9

New York, New York


1982-1986

Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program,

New York, New York

Sculpture with children –grades 5-8


Education

1968-1970

Master of Fine Arts, concentration in sculpture

Rhode Island School of Design


1963-1968

Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in sculpture

University of New Hampshire

Teaching Experience

2000-present


The City University of New York, C.U.N.Y. Lehman College

Chair Art Department 2004-2009

Associate Professor Of Art and Technology

1994-2020


Bloomfield College, 1994-2000

Creative Arts and Technology

Professor of Creative Arts and Technology


1989 1992:

Montclair State University, 1989-1993

Halftime Position:

Jewelry Department Supervisor

Fulltime and Adjunct Position: Sculpture Department


1986-1989

New York City Board of Education,

Learning to Read Through the Arts

Grades 5-9

New York, New York


1982-1986

Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program,

New York, New York

Sculpture with children –grades 5-8


Group shows:


2009:

Instituto National de Bellas Arte,

Ernesto de la Pena Folch, Director

Curator: Margaret Failioni


Consejo National para la Cultura y las Artes

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Show will travel for one year in Mexico


The Latin American Art Fair

Miami Beach Convention Center

Organized by Merrill Lynch


Grants:

2015 NYFA Grant

2007-2008 Fellowship Leave

2007- PSC-CUNY Award # 69058-00 38

2006- Shuster Award, Lehman College

2005- PSC CUNY Grant – sculpture with Maya 3D

2004- PSC CUNY Grant

Artist STATEMENT

Charles Seplowin

New York City

Artist Statement


Mandalas


For over 40,000 years, humans have used logographic symbols to communicate complex ideas. This ancient system of communicating ideas awakened my need to find reflections and visualizations of reoccurring experiences and forces that shape my life, such as aging, money, religion, love, justice, human rights, the rapid advances in technology, and now global warming.


In our 21st century with Internet access and the advent of digital communication, graphic symbols are used to express complex and important ideas and feelings at an ever-increasing rate.  Linking the ancient communication system of using logographic symbols with the graphic images of today, I fuse them in the form of a Mandala. Historically, a Mandala is an often-circular construction with a center point from which an array of symbols and shapes emanate. I use the mandala concept to create a visual that helps channel our thinking into more awareness.


I work with non-traditional material, Styrofoam, and ancient and modern symbols to create a contemporary interpretation of traditional Mandalas.


Once the symbols are created, the surface of the Styrofoam is treated with a mixture of powered metals and traditional acid patinas to look like heavy, old, rusted and tarnished metal, creating a trompe-l’oeil effect.  This symbolizes not only the passage of time and aging, but is also a testament to the durability of these concepts though time.  The purposeful contradiction between Styrofoam and metal appearance refers to the deceptions of our material reality.


The Mandalas reflect my inner explorations, observations, fears, and hopes for the world in a visual statement at this transformative time on our planet.


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