Monday, May 23, 2011

Epic Sculptural Installation Corrugated Fountain at 709 Penn Gallery


Veronica Corpuz
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
(412) 471-6082

James Grashow: Corrugated Fountain

June 3 – July 2, 2011

709 Penn Gallery

709 Penn Avenue at Seventh Street

Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District

PITTSBURGH, PA: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a program of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents the epic sculptural installation Corrugated Fountain by East Coast artist James Grashow at the Trust’s 709 Penn Gallery. James Grashow’s ambitious, large-scale work recalls the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Steeped in classical mythology, the room-sized installation fills 709 penn Gallery with a mammoth sculpture of Neptune, Tritons, rocks, waves, fish and dolphins. As homage to the achievements of classical and baroque artistry, Grashow uses his signature cardboard material to breathe playful new light into old stone. Three years in the making, Corrugated Fountain is James Grashow’s most ambitious work to date.

About James Grashow

James Grashow is a renowned sculptor and woodcut printer. Born in Brooklyn, Grashow studied at the Pratt Institute, where he received his BA and MFA in painting and sculpture. Growing up as son of a light industrialist, Grashow had access to a constant supply of cardboard as a child and discovered early on his facility with this medium. From intricate cardboard and twist-tie birds to the delicate and colorful Houseplant series, in which buildings seem to grow from blossoming wood and paper flowers, the artist’s varied oeuvre is marked by a contagious sense of humor and a longtime fascination with quotidian materials.

James Grashow will conduct workshops in Point Park during Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 3 – 5. Visit for more information.


709 Penn Gallery is located on 709 Penn Ave. / Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District

Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Important: 709 Penn Gallery hours will be from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday during Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, which runs June 3 – 12, 2011.

709 Penn Gallery is a Project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Education & Community Engagement department.

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