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April, 2016

 

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MAN OF STEEL

A West Palm Beach artist may use hardened metals to sculpt his massive abstract figures, but the love and beauty that guide their fluid forms reveal a softer side.

 

West Palm Beach artist Alexander Krivosheiw has a background more colorful than a Lilly Pulitzer kaftan. He’s hopped from an apprenticeship in Greece with a marble
sculptor, to interviewing with the creature department at George Lucas’ film studio, to working with kinetic engineers in California, to perfecting his craft in New York, and finally settling down in South Florida. “Moving to Florida and the beach has heavily influenced my work,” he says. “Brooklyn is incredibly progressive, but sand feels a lot better on your feet than concrete sometimes. Immediately, I felt my life shift gears and open up to new ideas and global opportunities.” While spending 17 years in Brooklyn’s art-centric Dumbo neighborhood, though, Krivosheiw studied under abstract metal sculptor Kevin Barrett, whose work heavily impacted his current aesthetic and taught him about the business side of having a career in art. Today, Krivosheiw’s sculptures also follow abstract figurative silhouettes. But despite using heavy, imposing materials of bronze and aluminum, the artist gives a breathy weightless movement to his forms, creating dancer-like shapes in fluid, liquid finishes. “It’s like old-school blacksmithing,” he says, “but instead of heating the metal, I work with it cold and hammer it out.” Fabricating 18-foot-tall sculptures and casting works that weigh up to 3 tons requires more than just cranes and forklifts—there’s a delicate creative process that precedes the heavy lifting. “Creating oversize organic forms usually starts with a smaller model or maquette,” he says. “I draw a design on paper, cut out the shapes and start forming them. If I like the way they twist and curve, I trace them out on sheets of metal and handbend and contort those shapes, and then weld all of the metal sheets together. What follows is hours upon hours of grinding with numerous tools until I think it’s complete.”

 

 

“It’s like old-school blacksmithing,” he says, “but instead of heating the metal, I work with it cold and hammer it out.”

—Alexander Krivosheiw


Moore’s Canova, Krivosheiw’s current collection, pays homage to his icons Henry
Moore and Antonio Canova, and is influenced by the Greek mythological love story of Cupid and Psyche, as well as his own relationships. “Passion, love, comedy and tragedy—to have the experience of love is a muse in and of itself,” he says. But perhaps the most romantic aspect of all is the permanence of the artist’s creations. “Metal allows me to create a language that will exist far beyond my lifetime,” Krivosheiw says. “I’m creating beauty for people and the world to enjoy, and that’s something we all need in our lives today.”

 

Written by Bradley Nesbitt / Photography by Sonya Revell

 

 


 

 

January, 2016

 

THE GOLF AND TRAVEL SHOW INTERVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART 1
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PART 2

 

 

 


 

 

House Music, Art, Lifestyle, January 6, 2016

 

SCULPTOR ALEXANDER KRIVOSHEIW TO CREATE SCULPTURE IN FLORIDA

 

 

 

"It's wonderful to have sculptor Alexander Krivosheiw working and living in The City of West Palm Beach. A "local" talent with a global presence." Sybille Welter Art in Public Places Coordinator City of West Palm Beach, FL

 

A NEW ERA OF EXTRAORDINARY ART INSTALLATION

 

Join us for a spectacular press event & grand opening on January 9th, 2016 as
sculptor Alexander Krivosheiw has been commissioned to create a sculpture for Tara Cove Development in West Palm Beach, FL.

 

The City of WPB passes groundbreaking ordinance bringing extraordinary works of art to public spaces

 

Public Unveiling and Grand Opening January 9th, 2016
1-3 pm Tara Cove
Military Trail just north of Community Drive

http://www.alexanderssculptures.com/contact/
www.alexanderssculptures.com
RSVP: 561.682.0766

 

CALLIOPE

 

Alexander Krivosheiw's Calliope is the first art sculpture selected in West Palm Beach for the 1% public art law, passed into law.

"We are thrilled to have such a stunning art piece from Alexander Krivosheiw as the focal point of our entryway at Tara Cove. When we commissioned Mr. Krivosheiw we knew we have the unique opportunity to work with one of today's top artists, but we were nonetheless blown away by the finished piece. Mr. Krivosheiw's creation will be the signature for the Tara Cove community for generations to come."

TARA COVE DEVELOPMENT

 

The Tara Cove Development is a new gated community development of 50 town homes located on Military Trail just north of Community Drive.

Section 78-122 of the Code of Ordinances applies an art assessment of 1% of the vertical construction costs to new private development to fund the City's Art in Public Places programs and provide art for the public City-wide. The art assessment is applied to municipal, commercial, and multi-family.

 

 



 

Winter, 2015

 

FLORIDA DESIGN

 

 

 

 

 

Ever since Alexander Krivosheiw was a boy tinkering around with tools to build odd wood sculptures in his father's garage, his passion has been to create art. "I know I was meant to begin my life's work in that garage," the artist says. Today, his polished, handcrafted bronze and aluminum sculptures, that are curvilinear in form, express a "poetry of emotion" through the language of metal. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Krivosheiw creates imposing fabrications that reach heights of 18 feet, many of which reside in museums and private collections worldwide. He has garnered international acclaim with exhibitions from New York to Palm Beach to Monaco, and soon underway, a project for the International Olympic Committee. Inspired by "love, life, beauty and above all … expression," the artist often revisits that garage of his youth, "where," he says, "I had the freedom to be inspired."

 

An Internationally Acclaimed Artist Creates Dynamic Metal Sculptures And Functional Forms That Express Beauty And Motion.


Question: When did you first become interested in creating art?

Answer: Truly, my first real memory is when I was about six. The vivid picture I carry with me of being in my father's garage, using his tools and building abstract structures of wood, is indelibly linked in my DNA. As a child then and now as an adult, I still find myself passionately creating.

 

Question: What is your work mantra?

Answer: To be more efficient and constantly one-up my last experience. This requires constant discipline and commitment. You see, I am a perfectionist. But I also have to remind myself to have fun with it along the way.

 

Question: Who was your mentor?

Answer: My mentor was Kevin Barrett, a third generation artist and sculptor. He equipped me with all of the necessary tools and skills to catapult me forward as a metal sculptor. His instruction, coupled with his father-like love for me, grant him that place in my life.

 

Question: What makes your sculpture unique?

Answer: I work in the technique of metal fabrication. Some of these techniques require cold metal hammering as well as cold bending of sheet metal on custom designed jigs. Whether a piece is painted aluminum or mirror polished bronze, there are multiple and quite intricate ways into the finishing of the metal.

 

Question: What is your most prized piece?

Answer: At this time it is the Moore's Canova monumental commission. The sculpture will be installed at the new, luxury Solitaire Condo Towers in Taichung, Taiwan in December 2015.

 

 


 

 

December, 2015

 

FLORIDA DESIGN

 

 

 

Alexander Krivosheiw is an accomplished sculptor whose astounding, response-eliciting work is realized in bronze and aluminum, sings the song of movement, and recites the poetry of emotion. His creations are curvilinear dynamic monumental sculptures and functional forms created in the old school, laborious technique of metal fabrication. As a child, when Krivosheiw was tinkering in his father's garage, experimenting with tools and both disassembling and reassembling electronic devices, he didn't yet realize he was making art, though an awareness of his passion had been sparked. The need to create was in his blood, and even his subconscious. What else could explain his recurring dream about constructing a treehouse? He was a born artist. His interest in art was nurtured through early studies, which included Greek mythology, archaeology, and social anthropology. While enrolled at the School of Visual Arts, Krivosheiw embarked upon a seven year apprenticeship with sculptor Kevin Barrett, where he developed and honed his welding and fabrication skills for large-form sculpture. His works under Barrett's tutelage included bronze and aluminum sculpture reaching heights of 18 feet. I ntrigued by the fundamental nature of metal's longevity, strength, and inherent elegance, this became Krivosheiw's chosen medium, which he would learn to manipulate into extraordinary hand-welded, polished, and shaped creations. Krivosheiw is currently involved in a thrilling project for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). While the details are still being kept under wraps, it will offer a level of exposure the sculptor never dreamed possible.

 

 

"My sculpture brings permanence to my visions
and for that I am grateful."

—Alexander Krivosheiw

 

 


 

 

Palm Beach Daily News, April 10, 2015

THREE FACES OF SCULPTURE ON VIEW
AT CULTURAL COUNCIL

 

 

Forget that nonsense you've heard about stones communing with sculptors about the forms hidden inside them.


"I've never heard a stone say anything," said Jupiter sculptor Gert Olsen. When he gets an idea for a sculpture, he goes out into his yard, looks through his stacks of marble and picks stones to fit it.


True, there are occasional exceptions, but even then the stones aren't talkative. "Sometimes I find a stone and just want to do something with it," he said.


Olsen's abstract and figurative sculptures are on view in Sculpture Selections from the Studio, along with works by Alexander Krivosheiw and Jeff Whyman, at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth.


The council's exhibitions showcase Palm Beach County artists. With this show, "I wanted to illustrate the diversity of sculpture being created," said Nichole Hickey, manager of artist services.


All three sculptors have spent decades working on their craft. Their art has been exhibited at galleries and museums and acquired for public and private collections.


Olsen started as a carpenter who made wood carvings in his spare time. He fell in love with marble in the 1980s during a trip to Italy's quarries.


The show features several of the expressive bears he's carved for more than 40 years. But he prefers abstract work, such as Moon Flower, a delicately balanced assortment of geometric shapes in three colors of marble.


Krivosheiw muscles metal into curvilinear biomorphic forms in his West Palm Beach studio.

 

 

"They're abstractions of things I see in nature, they're almost thought forms. I see movement and I try to hold it in sculpture."
—Alexander Krivosheiw

 


Calliope, an 11½-foot welded and painted aluminum piece, masses multiple curves in the center of the piece, as though the artist were tracking the gestures of a conductor leading an orchestra.


Recently, Krivosheiw discovered that segments of larger bronze works made as part of the casting process could stand alone or be grouped in independent configurations. Several versions of the reclining Moore's Canova are his first efforts in this direction.
Whyman's practice is a prime example of the old saw that one man's junk is another man's treasure.


The artist, who lives in Lake Worth and has a studio in Delray Beach, is still using the nearly 12 tons of steel he bought when a Delray Beach building was leveled four years ago. One of his greatest finds was a piece salvaged from a post-World War II water treatment plant in The Bahamas.


Using an acetylene cutting torch and arc welder, he fashions steel into whimsical, slightly bigger than life-sized figures with cut-out hearts and big smiles. Birds and flowers decorate their bodies and dogs dance at their sides. The cheerful colors are a mixture of new paint and the residue of the metal's former lives.


"They're all about love, joy, celebration, rejoicing and the place we're all hoping we can be saved to," the artist said. They might not talk, any more than Olsen's stones do, but he hopes they commune with viewers.


The council hopes that works like these will alert viewers to the quality of work being created close to home.

 

By Jan Sjostrom, Daily News Arts Editor

 

If You Go
What: Sculpture Selections from the Studio
When: through May 2
Where: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth
For information, call 471-2901 or visit PalmBeachCulture.com

 

 


 

 

Palm Beach ArtsPaper, March 2015

ALL-SCULPTURE SHOW RIVETING AT
THE CULTURAL COUNCIL

 

 

At the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the walls of the main gallery have gone white. Not a single piece of two-dimensional art is on display. Instead, the focus is on the three-dimensional art of acclaimed sculptors and Palm Beach county residents Alexander Krivosheiw, G.E. Olsen and Jeff Whyman.

 

Krivosheiw expresses himself through hand-forged bronze and aluminum. Olsen works in marble, which he personally chooses from quarries in the United States and Europe, to create free form works as well as his signature bears. And Whyman, who also is a painter and ceramic artist, creates large, playful figures using steel.

"I chose these three artists because they work in different materials," says Nichole M. Hickey, manager of artist services at the Cultural Council. And with Whyman in the south in Delray, Krivosheiw in more central West Palm Beach and Olsen in Jupiter, the art in this exhibit spans the county. Hickey describes Krivosheiw's art in bronze and aluminum as "lyrical" and "very fluid" and calls the artist himself "a rising star."G.E. Olsen works in marble and he said to me (that) he turns out 1 to 3 pieces a week, which I think is phenomenal," Hickey says. "Jeff Whyman is an Artists Alley artist and I just love the raw beauty of (his work), how he takes the raw material and basically has it dance in front of you." The 29-piece exhibition, which is titled "Sculpture Selections from the Studio," is on display until May 2.

 

For the past year and half, Krivosheiw, whose studio is in West Palm Beach, has been focused on a new body of work in bronze based on the abstraction of a woman falling in love.

 

"Each individual sculpture is a dream of falling in love."
—Alexander Krivosheiw

 


In one, a woman tilts her head back for a First Kiss; in Le Rêve she falls into a dream of love; and in Amour she wakes out of the dream, Krivosheiw explains. "It's my own language," he says. "That's the beauty of art and artists. You're trying to communicate an idea in a language that people are unfamiliar with."

The full expression of a woman in love is on display in Moore's Canova. And if you look closely you can see the inspiration for the smaller works within the larger, abstracted piece.

The largest piece in the exhibition is a surrealistic, aluminum piece by Krivosheiw called Calliope.

"It's 12 feet tall and it's painted very similar to an automotive car. And it was based on a commission I did for a woman who was an ice skater," Krivosheiw says. "It's kind of a crossbreed of a hummingbird and an ice skater."

 

By Lucy Lazarony

 

Gallery hours at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free. Alexander Krivosheiw will be speaking on April 14. Both lectures begin at 3 p.m. To reserve a spot at the lecture, please call (561) 472-3336.

 

 


 

 

Hamptons Art Hub, March 2015

ART ON THE ROAD: Visiting Artist Studios,
Palm Beach Style

 

 

Private visits to artists' studios always feel incredibly special, entering entire creative worlds, seeing work in progress, past work and also the objects—pictures, books, models—that so often fuel the whole fire.

 

Recognizing how special such an experience can be, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has set up an Art on the Road program for a limited group of its members to take a bus tour to the studios of some of the top tier artists in the county. One tour is offered each month from January through March. All are different, with galleries and museums on the itinerary for some tours instead of studios.

 

For the March 10 tour, we met at the Council's beautiful headquarters in downtown Lake Worth, a renovated Art Deco building that houses offices as well as art galleries and meeting rooms for various organizations. The Cultural Council was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization through the vision and leadership of Alexander Dreyfoos, a successful business owner and activist who believed in the value of arts and culture in enhancing the quality of life in all communities.

 

The day of the tour, the Council had up a great and varied show of local artists, some of whom also happen to be international artists. There's a shop filled with artist-made crafts and an information area filled with brochures and magazines from all the different arts groups in the area, including those devoted to dance, film and music.

 

After seeing the show and receiving a tote bag packed with helpful information, our group of about 20 art lovers boarded the bus for the ride to the studio of former Brooklyn resident sculptor Alexander Krivoshiew.

 

"Alexander Krivosheiw is an artist of vision and passion. His ideas are of a mature artist, and the craftsmanship is extraordinary; in both casting and fabrication. I feel as though his career is unfolding on a global level and he is truly an artist to watch." —Hans Van de Bovenkamp

 


Born in New York in 1976, Krivoshiew holds a BA with honors degree in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts. He developed his interest in sculpture through studies in Greek mythology, archaeology, and social anthropology, as he lived and apprenticed on the island of Crete, in Greece, for seven years.

 

After moving back to the U.S., he began working in metals. As he started working larger, he outgrew his cramped Brooklyn studio and relocated to West Palm Beach, where space to make his large-scale metal works is more widely available.

 

This praise from renowned Long Island sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp is included on Krivosheiv's website: "Alexander Krivosheiw is an artist of vision and passion. His ideas are of a mature artist, and the craftsmanship is extraordinary; in both casting and fabrication. I feel as though his career is unfolding on a global level and he is truly an artist to watch."

 

Primarily working in metals—steel, aluminum and bronze—Krivoshiew has arrived at a gorgeous, fluid abstract style in his work, turning human, animal and even graphic forms into sleek, swooping, tapered, interactive shapes.

 

His studio is located in an upscale warehouse bay, with the orderly front office designed as a business and computer design area. There are drawings, sketches and photos covering the walls, tracing the progress of his work. Another glass enclosed display case holds some smaller tabletop sculptures.

 

Krivoshiew looks like someone sent by central casting. Handsome and well-spoken, he charmed the crowd with a walk-through of his design and production process. The back area is his workshop, replete with large cutting, grinding and polishing machines; tables are laid out with pieces of ks in progress.

 

One current project is a sculpture of the interlocking rings of the Olympics, commissioned by the International Olympic Committee. Krivoshiew has taken the circular shapes to an extreme, as if they were made of a soluble material that has been dropped in water, the inks in primary colors melting and floating in liquid.

 

He won the commission through pure serendipity. After he ran an ad in a Florida design magazine, that magazine found its way onto a plane flying to Switzerland. After the plane landed and took off again, the passenger in the particular seat with the magazine tucked into the seatback pocket happened to be a member of the IOC searching for sculptors.

He is also experimenting with human forms and mass production of his work, which requires a whole different design thought process, as the sculpture needs to be made in sections for casting.

 

"I'm also interested in functional pieces," he said, pointing out the large overhead fan with aluminum propeller shaped blades, and the racy motorcycle he designed with a sleek pod shaped tank and radically designed exhaust tubes.

 

Krivoshiew will soon unveil a major-league commission, a 20-foot-high version of his bronze sculpture Moore's Canova to be unveiled later this year at a luxury residential complex in Taiwan directly across from the Opera House.

 

By Sandra Hale Schulman

 

 


 

 

From South Florida OPULENCE, Winter 2015

THE METAL ENIGMA OF ALEXANDER KRIVOSHEIW: Sculptor Expresses the Song of Movement & Poetry of Emotion

 

 

From his studio in West Palm Beach, Alexander Krivosheiw finds his creative passion and a creative component of language and expression through sculpture – working with fabricated and cast bronze and aluminum, straddling the line between abstraction and representation.

"I think through my work – and I create physical shape through thought," said Krivosheiw. "This celebration reflects my world. I can communicate things I have no other way of expressing." As a boy, Alexander discovered he had an innate attraction to movement and natural forms. His ability to conjure metaphoric designs in his mind translated seamlessly to his hands, allowing him to project his language in tangible forms. His sculptural shapes, many with the fluidity of moving water, are cast in metal, hand-welded, polished and shaped. Inspiration comes from industrial design, ancient Greek cultures, and modern design aesthetic.

Ron Cavalier, who recently featured Krivosheiw's sculptures at his gallery in NYC on 57th Street in an exhibition titled 'Color, Light, and Movement,' describes his work, "Each of his sculptures embodies an enigma: the story of life, told by stopping time, and capturing sensation through experiences from the past with such grace and juxtaposition that the eye cannot help but to sense the motion of the lines, shapes, and textures."

Krivosheiw was born in 1976 in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a B.A. with honors in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His intrigue with art gained further momentum while studying Greek mythology, archaeology, and social anthropology in Crete. Afterward, Alexander apprenticed for seven years with sculptor Kevin Barrett to hone his skills for monumental pieces, as well as with painter Tom Wesselmann to create wall reliefs.

Krivosheiw's sculptures appeal to a wide array of art collectors with price points ranging from $1,000 to over $1 million. In South Florida, Collection Privee Gallery in the Design District, Baker Spondor Gallery at The Boca Raton Resort and Gallery Biba on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach have a representation of his work.

 

"My sculpture brings permanence to my expressions,
and for that I am grateful."
—Alexander Krivosheiw

 


This past spring, the Jacobson Foundation purchased Krivosheiw's 'First Kiss' sculpture. "The moment I saw the beautiful sculpture I recognized its importance to American Contemporary Art. The gleaming reflections of the polished bronze and the sinuous form, coupled with the effects of light and shade, made this an 'object of desire', " said Diane DeMell Jacobsen, PhD, Trustee, Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Foundation.

The highlight in Krivosheiw's career so far is the major-league commission to create a monumental 20-foot version of his bronze sculpture Moore's Canova (shown below). The piece, to be unveiled in 2015, will grace the grounds of an exclusive luxury residential complex in Taiwan directly across from the Opera House.


Krivosheiw's sculptures will be on display during Art Basel Week in Miami at the Scope Art Fair. In 2015, Art Palm Beach, Art Stage Singapore, Art Dubai, Scope New York and Art Monaco are on his schedule.