RACSO Art Gallery is pleased to announce the November 2nd opening of Miguel Antonio Horn’s exhibition “ContraFuerte | Conceiving an Urban Sculpture.” ContraFuerte, the title of the colossal public sculpture designed by Horn, was commissioned as part of Philadelphia’s successful Percent for Art Program and is scheduled to be installed 20 feet above the 1200 block of Cuthbert Street in 2018. The title translates from Spanish to an architectural element, a buttress. There is a slight and intentional wordplay, where the title also translates to counter force, or against force. The exhibition encapsulates Horn’s artistic process over the two years working on ContraFuerte and includes works on paper, topographical scale tests in foam, studies in bronze, aluminum, and iron as well as the final approved commission. The opening reception is Thursday, November 2, 2017, and the exhibit runs through December 10, 2017.
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By Mónica Marie Zorrilla
Miguel Antonio Horn, local artist with Colombian and Venezuelan roots, will be installing an innovative and contemporary sculpture interposed in the bridge-like ramp on 12th and Cuthbert Street, down by Reading Terminal Market and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Horn will be one of the few Latino artists to have a piece of public art permanently located in Philadelphia, an artistic hub that rivals the likes of Paris and New York. Read more
by Anndee Hochman
On one wall of East Passyunk’s RACSO Art Gallery's "ContraFuerte": Conceiving an Urban Sculpture exhibition, several drawings hang: charcoal on paper, all quick lines and light contours, of human figures clambering upward. On the opposite wall are framed color images of data from a 3-D laser scanner, pixellated abstracts in sharp blues and hot red-oranges. To create “ContraFuerte,” a public sculpture that will be installed in summer 2018 above the 1200 block of Cuthbert Street, artist Miguel Antonio Horn drew on both traditional and nontraditional techniques. Read more.
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By: Anders Uhl
Sculptor Miguel Antonio Horn’s work is beautiful, organic and expressive. Starting with sketches and clay maquettes, he works out the details of his pieces before carving or casting. Digital tools have evolved his process, integrated into his work as an enhancement rather than a replacement. Uniquely, his sculpture maintains it’s soul while embracing cutting edge technological tools. This process is well represented in his current piece ContraFuerte, an architectural term which translates as “counter force.” Read more.