Entry Title: " Urban Air"
Name:
Stephen Glassman
, Venice, United States
Category: Sculpture, Professional


Entry Description:

Urban Air, 2010-2014; variable dimensions; reclaimed billboard, water, vegetation, technology: To be sited in 40 cities worldwide as a global call for reflection and activism: A symbol of our
sustainable urban future, each billboard is a site specific climate monitor, globally linked and wifi accessible

About the Artist:

LA-based sculptor Stephen Glassman first caught international attention in the early 1990's when he began creating freeform, large-scale bamboo installations in urban sites devastated by the
Rodney King Riots, Malibu Fires and Northridge Quake. These works became local symbols of resiliency as well as a springboard for the permanent, monumental-scale public works he creates today. Deaf
and unable to speak as a young child, Glassman seized art as a means of communication and self-expression. He received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and spent years traveling the country as a circus and
street artist. In 1979 he settled in the rough and weedy beach town of Venice, CA where the neighborhood alleys were dotted with the work spaces of artists like Dennis Hopper, Ed Rusha, and Black
Flag. Glassman was drawn to Venice's sun baked landscape of dilapidated piers, cracked bleached concrete, fallen fences, and vast horizons - a remote outpost on the edge of Los Angeles and a
hidden hub of raw creativity that would come to be known as Dogtown - the epicenter of modern skateboard culture. It was here that Glassman's signature work took root - organic physical gestures
of mass and velocity pulled directly from the urban landscape. Often formidable in scale, the work extends organically from a site and is distinct in its ability to invite, generate and celebrate
community. Glassman's work is noted for how it "dazzles in slo-motion (and) creates a bracing, humanist kind of spectacle ... that actually draws the viewer into the frame instead of
alienating"(David Cotner, LA Weekly). Significant projects by Glassman include a 4,000 square foot sculpture plaza at the LNR Warner Center, Fairmont Skate Park in Salt Lake City, Utah,
Arkansas' Southeast Shear (a White House Millennium Project), the Sylvia Campuan Bridge in Indonesia, Thornton Creek in Seattle, Port of Los Angeles master plan, and more. Glassman has
collaborated with architects and artists including Philippe Petit, Perry Farrell, and Jonathan Borofsky, Sasaki, Miller/Hull, Arup; venues such as The Paris Opera and Moscow Circus; and filmmakers
such as Kevin Kerslake and Catherine Hardwicke. Glassman is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the NEA, Nathan Cummings Foundation, LA Department of Cultural Affairs, and was a 2000
Chrysler Design Award nominee. He has lectured at schools and universities, and served as artist in residence for disenfranchised communities across the country. His studio work has been collected and
exhibited throughout Southern California, New York City, and internationally. Published reviews have appeared in Art in America, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, Artweek,
Landscape Architecture, Dwell, and more. Stephen Glassman still lives and works in Venice with his wife - critically acclaimed director/choreographer Sarah Elgart, and their two daughters. His
Venice studio is currently engaged in the creation of large-scale national and international public art works including architecturally integrated sculptures, civic monuments, plazas, bridges, and
transit developments.