Stuart Kusher will show sculpture and installations from throughout his more than 50-year practice, as well as select two-dimensional works. Brandon Kusher will exhibit black-and-white and color photography of his latest series.
Stuart Kusher, master sculptor, works primarily in bronze, combining classical Renaissance style with 21st century contemporary thought. Kusher considers each sculpture in the context of a greater narrative, moving beyond the simple formal aspects of the work. The paradigm of Heaven and Hell, or of virtue and evil, figures prominently, as does the wing, reminiscent of the angel to which it belongs. Hints of religiosity can be found throughout his work and references to skulls (catacombs of the mind), candles (pillars of humanity), and various symbols of mortality and immortality appear throughout as well.
Kusher sculpts without the use of sketches, models, or maquettes, relying solely upon imagination and visualization. Each work becomes a surreal extension of the artist’s mind, intuitively engineered and executed with deft precision. In the words of art critic and writer Shana Nys Dambrot, Kusher’s is a “finger-based thought process.”
Brandon Kusher began his practice of photography at the early age of 15, borrowing his father’s Nikon 8008 camera during a trip to New York City. Working with black and white slide film, Brandon wandered the streets, inspired by the people and urban texture. This early inspiration continues to inform Brandon’s practice today.
Brandon now travels the world, meeting strangers in each new location he visits. He connects and converses, learning about their identities, their histories, and their cultures. The most significant aspect of Brandon’s photographic process is this initial encounter—the human component. From this encounter, Brandon develops each image to convey his understanding of each individual’s identity. He communicates the rare moments of spontaneity, intimacy, and authenticity.
Brandon's work has been regularly featured in the pages of National Geographic over the past few years.
Each artist has a keen and critical eye, and an unwavering commitment to finding the heart, the essence and the humanity in the works that they create.