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Local Arts Index: Eric David Laxman

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Eric with “Spirit Rising” sculpture at RCC 9/11 Memorial Garden,

For over a century, our region has been home to extraordinary artists. Local Arts Index highlights the work of individuals who continue our community’s rich creative legacy.

How Did You Become an Artist?

I have enjoyed drawing and making things since I was a small child.  I always spent hours and hours creating elaborate projects for school assignments and intricate costumes for Halloween (the Hallowwen obsession continues to this day!). Starting at the age of  9, I took clay sculpture and ceramics classes at The Rockland Center for the Arts.

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“Self-Portrait,” Detail, Steel, Found Objects and Photos on Transparency Film

In college, I graduated with a BS in Chemistry, but I had a strong interest in studio art and decided to take figure drawing and clay figure modeling. In my junior year at Tufts University, I enrolled in a stone carving class at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. That evening class changed my life.

I followed that up with an intensive summer workshop in Vermont with the same teacher and when I came home I made the decision to pursue a career as a sculptor and to enroll full time at the Museum School.

What Kind of Art Do You Make?

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“Munich 11 Memorial” at JCC Rockland, West Nyack, NY, Corten Steel and Stainless Steel

I create both abstract and figurative sculptures in a variety of materials including steel, stainless steel, bronze, marble and granite. In some of my artwork, I enjoy incorporating found objects and I am working on a series of photographs that are framed using found metal parts. I also create functional art including custom furniture, railings, mirrors and storefront signage.

Recently, I have been commissioned to create public sculptures in numerous locations in Rockland County including a sculpture for the  9/11 Memorial Garden at Rockland Community College and the Munich 11 Memorial for the Jewish Community Campus in West Nyack.

What’s Your Muse?

I am inspired by many things.  The materials themselves….marble, steel and found rusty objects speak to me and the more I work with them the more the properties of the materials themselves become a source of inspiration.

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“Plow” Torso Detail, Forged Steel, Stone and Found Objects

I also am very compelled by ancient classical art, African tribal sculpture and primitive art.

When I work with clients to create functional pieces, I enjoy the process of collaborating to help designers, architects or residential clients realize works that will be lived with and utilized on a daily basis.

What’s Next?

I am currently working on some interesting custom steel coffee tables and an art deco inspired vanity base.

In terms of my more personal art I am beginning some new mixed media sculptures combining marble and steel as a well as a series of wall mounted sculptures that combine a variety of materials and found objects.

A number of Eric David Laxman’s works will be on display at the Outside In as part of Piermont’s first annual art festival, Saturday, June 22, from 11a – 7p.

To see more, visit Ericdavidlaxman.com

Laxman portrait photo credit: Collette Fournier

 

Local Arts Index is sponsored by Maria Luisa, 77 South Broadway and ML Gifts & Accessories, 75 South Broadway, Nyack, NY


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