At Landmark: John Van Alstine, A Sculptor Journey 3/27/17

“The Art of Turning Negatives Positive – A Sculptor Journey” – John Van Alstine

With 45 years of living off his work under his belt, internationally recognized sculptor John Van Alstine traces his career and life from early student days through many ups and downs, pointing out “hinge” events that at first seemed negative, but through creative response actually turned positive, putting him and his work in a better place. “After forging a career as a working professional sculptor of over 40 years (first ten as a university professor), I have come to understand that there are pivotal moments in one’s career/life that at first seem like total disasters, and it is what you do in the face of these situations that generally has a big impact on where you end up.”

John Van Alstine’s work has been exhibited widely (including over 50 solo exhibitions) in this country as well as in Europe and Asia and the Middle East. He has completed many major large scale outdoor, site-specific commissions, recently installing a large outdoor work for the 2008 Olympic Park, Beijing, and a 35' tall piece for the new Indianapolis Airport. A new 28” work, “FUNAMBULIST,” was installed on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing in June 2010. Recent projects include a major outdoor piece for Tsinghua University – Beijing, China and a 30’h outdoor 9-11 memorial/sculpture using World Trade Tower steel remnants.

 

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