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Take a trip to Fall River: The Art of the (LEGO) Brick

If your kids love LEGOS, you’ll want to see this. The Art of the Brick exhibit looks amazing.

October 7 – November 19, 2011
The Narrows Center for the Arts: 16 Anawan St # 1, Fall River, MA 02721

The Narrows Center in Fall River presents “The Art of the Brick,” featuring sculptures and artwork created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York based artist Nathan Sawaya. The exhibit presents 32 awe-inspiring works including large scale sculptures and oversized mosaic portraits. Sawaya uses only toy building blocks as his artist’s medium. The resulting and captivating artwork ranges from whimsical to complex and will present a new perspective on imagination and creativity.

“The Art of the Brick” is the first exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO® as an art medium. Sawaya’s ability to transform LEGO® bricks into something new, his devotion to scale and color perfection and the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate an ordinary toy to the status of fine art. Sawaya has taken a small scale toy and transformed it into one of the largest and most popular exhibitions touring the country.

Nathan Sawaya | Artist Statement

The primary medium for my work is LEGO® plastic bricks. I use this as a medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the medium. The right angles. The distinct lines. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves. It takes weeks to complete a life size human form. The long hours of creating a new piece bring me immense satisfaction. When I am working on a project I enjoy, I completely submerge myself into the project, going into a trance-like state.

The fundamental purpose to my art is to captivate people for as long as I can keep their attention. I strive to create artwork that is interesting and that is unlike anything they have seen before.

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Fall River Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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