Alan Binstock

ARTIST STATEMENT:
My studio work is focused on stone, glass and steel with occasional pieces in other materials. The current body of work tends to be self reflective. Stone and steel balance, support and cantilever their way towards a visual resolution. Each piece is a silent witness, in dynamic tension. Influences include Noguchi and David Smith as well as architects Le Corbusier and Mendelsohn. Compositions bring the unique qualities which each material manifests into dialogue, and when successful, offer a moment of reflection.
BIOGRAPHY:
I was born and raised in the Bronx. My formal fine arts education began in New York's High School of Music and Art, followed by undergraduate studies at Hunter College.
After teaching Fine Arts in a South Bronx Junior High School, and a year of travel, I settled in Boulder, Colorado, developing sculpture and jewelry of wood, stone, silver and deer antler. Work at the time was greatly influenced by the amorphous forms of Jans Arp and Henry Moore. While working at Quest Foundry, I was exposed to all phases of wax modeling, bronze casting and finishing. At this time I became a student of Yoga, later a teacher and director at the Boulder Integral Yoga Institute. This pursuit was continued at the Satchidananda Ashram in Connecticut. I worked as a carpenter, building homes, and later as a cabinetmaker for a sailboat manufacturer, learning about finely crafted details.
A four-year graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Architecture gave me a new perspective in three dimensional design. I have worked for many years as a Registered Architect and Project Manager in several area firms and at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. This ongoing education in construction methods and materials, and my studies in Yoga continue to inform my sculpture and challenge my aesthetic directions.

PAST EXHIBITS:
Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts

A Celebration of Glass, Steel and Stone: A 10 Yr Solo Retrospective, University of Maryland UC Adelphi, MD 2005

Capitol Hill Group Show, Washington, DC 2004
Meriweather Post Pavillion, Columbia, MD 2004
Elizabeth Roberts Gallery (solo show) Washington, DC 2004

92nd Street Pier - Art Fair, New York City 2003
QI Art Gallery (solo show) Brooklyn, NY 2003
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD 2003

1111 Pensylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 2002
Ocharo Gallery, Washington, DC 2002

QI Art Gallery (solo show), New York 2001
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware 2001
National Symphony Orchestra Show Home 2001

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J. 2000
Cast Iron Gallery, New York City, N.Y. 2000
Washington Square, Washington, D.C. 2000

Okuda Gallery (solo show) Washington, D.C. 1999
Washington Square, Washington, D.C. 1999

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, N.Y. 1998 - 2002
Sculpture Court, Southampton, N.Y. 1998
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 1998
Gallery 505, Washington, D.C. 1998
Washington Design Center, Washington, D.C. 1998
Gallery 10 (solo Show) Washington, D.C. 1998
Finer Side Gallery, Salisbury, MD 1998
Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Headquarters, Hyattsville, MD 1998
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD 1998

University of Maryland Conference Center (solo show) 1997
1010 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD (solo show) 1997
U.S. Air Arena Gallery 1997

Federal District Courthouse, Greenbelt, MD 1996
Riversdale Mansion Tricentennial Art Exhibition, Riverdale, MD 1996

AFFILIATIONS

Washington Sculptor's Group
International Sculpture Center
Maryland Arts Council, Baltimore, MD
Prince George's (county) Arts Council
The Mount Rainier Arts Guild
The Mount Rainier Design Review Board
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, NYC

REVIEWS
Alan Binstock, sculptor, yogi, and NASA architect uses his art to give shape to the spiritual and intellectual searching that has informed his life. His elegant Minimal forms are honed to a poetic accuracy that illuminates complex statements through form, contrasting materials and especially color. The purity of these forms is such that Binstock's mellifluous combinations of steel and glass seem to have been born without his intervention.
- Nancy Ungar, Sculpture Magazine
A compelling hybrid of the primitive and the futuristic, his stone and metal constructions explore what Binstock, a yoga-practicing architect, calls "dynamic tension." Suspended or supported by elaborate steel frames and stands, the fragments of limestone, sandstone, flagstone and steatite hang in cantilevered balance, like arrowheads caught in mid-flight.
- Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
Binstock, an artist architect and yoga devotee from Mt. Rainier, has had some outstandingly original, individual works in group shows around town over the past few years. The same can be said of this exhibition, his first solo show in a commercial gallery...Beautiful as the materials and craftsmanship are, it is the evocative power that makes "Orb" extraordinary. Through a sphere suspended between two rectangles, Binstock calls to mind simple and complex molecular structures, a planet locked in ice, the birth of the cosmos and intimations of the Godhead... He's worth watching.
- Ferdinand Protzman, Washington Post.