Tom Nussbaum

Welcome to the U.S.A, 2018

Acrylic on paper and steel

25 x 17 x 2 inches

 

 

Tom Nussbaum

Cloud, 2014

Acrylic on steel, epoxy, plaster

48 x 32 x 30 inches

 

Tom Nussbaum

Don Quixote, 2014

Acrylic on steel

40 x 24 x 12 inches

Tom Nussbaum

Watership, 2015

Acrylic on paper and wire

27 x 27 x 8 inches

Tom Nussbaum

Space Station, 2013

Acrylic on plaster, styrofoam and welded steel

46 x 14 x 14 inches

Tom Nussbaum

Step Right Up, 2018

Medium density fiberboard with acylic

8 foot 6 inches x 33 feet

Tom Nussbaum

Step Right Up (working model), 2018

Acrylic on paper

9 x 33 inches

Tom Nussbaum

Queenie, 2013

Acrylic on paper and welded steel

35 x 9 x 9 inches

Tom Nussbaum

Woman III, 2013

Acrylic on plaster and welded steel

36 x 14 x 14 inches

Tom Nussbaum

East Orange Boogie Woogie, 2015

Acrylic on steel

47 x 64 x 1 inches

Tom Nussbaum

Night Sky, 2014

Giclee print on archival paper

10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

Edition of 20

Tom Nussbaum

Study for Home Sweet Home, 2002

Acrylic on mat board

6 1/2 x 12 inches

Tom Nussbaum

Night Sky, 2002

Acrylic on mat board

11 x 14 1/2 inches

 

Tom Nussbaum

Blue, 2002

Acrylic on mat board

10 x 13 inches

Tom Nussbaum

Red and Blue, 2016

Giclee print on archival paper

10 x 13 inches

Edition of 20

Tom Nussbaum

Pin Wheels, 2015

Giclee print

10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

Edition of 20

Tom Nussbaum: Recent Constructions

Octavia Art Gallery | Houston

July 14 – August 31, 2018

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present Tom Nussbaum: Recent Constructions. Included in this exhibition are Nussbaum’s jovial sculptures, mobiles, paintings, prints, and installations.

 

Tom Nussbaum works from his studios in East Orange, NJ and Burlington Flats, NY. His intuitive and colorful sculptures are created out of welded steel and paint. They reference vessels and baskets, the architectural frameworks of buildings and towers, and the human figure. His paintings and prints reflect the three-dimensional works in terms of color and the freedom that they convey. Nussbaum’s current body of work is an exploration of connections between the human figure and forms found in nature, art, architecture, and technology. Many of these works also reflect his life-long interest in creative practices found outside of the main-stream art world, such as folk art, sign painting, quilt making, indigenous architecture, and hand-made objects from around the world.

 

Tom Nussbaum: Recent Constructions includes several free-standing sculptures that are delicate in appearance, but constructed of sturdy welded steel rods and wire. These artworks are rooted in a methodological approach to architecture and objects, as exemplified in both Watership andDon Quixote. Using the same techniques, Nussbaum also creates relief paintings that hang slightly off the wall, each casting its own unique galaxy of shadows. His work is also informed by the history of abstract art in both painting and sculpture, and a formal exploration of color and form, as seen in the large wall work East Orange Boogie Woogie, which directly references the 1943 Piet Mondrian painting Broadway Boogie Woogie. The centerpiece of the exhibit is Nussbaum’s 34’ long wall installation Step Right Up. Built especially for this exhibition, this exuberant and expansive wall relief brings together many of the themes running throughout the show.

 

Tom Nussbaum has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Montclair State University, and Rowan University, NJ. He has served on award juries for the Sculpture Space residency program, NY; the Scholastic Art Awards, NY, and for both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Arts grant programs. He was awarded two New Jersey State Individual Artist Fellowships and has been a three time MacDowell Colony Fellow. Nussbaum’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally; he has completed over thirty site-specific public works in plazas, train stations, schools, hospitals, libraries, environmental centers, and playgrounds. Nussbaum’s work is found in several public and private collections including the Montclair Museum of Art, NJ; Princeton Public Library, NJ; New Jersey Transit, NJ; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers, NJ; Chase Manhattan Bank, NY; Hasbro Inc., RI, among others.