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Making Fine Art with Plexiglass

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"Double Take - A Fresh Vision of the West"

Many artists in the 1950s and 60s experimented with the transparency and malleability of plexiglass and its ability to signal the futuristic innovations of the space age. Naum Gabo made three-dimensional sculptures with plexiglass such as Linear Construction in Space No. 3, with Red,1952-53. Anish Kapoor, Philip Guston, and Claus Oldenburg all created with plexiglass.


Acrylic, commonly known as Plexiglass, is a thermoplastic with outstanding strength, optical clarity, and scratch resistance properties. Invented in the 1930s and further developed by the military during World War II, it became one of the most widely used plastics that dominated the commodity culture of the postwar period.

Artists today often paint on plexiglass and much contemporary sculpture made with plexiglass is geometric and lineal. Very few artists are shaping plexiglass into recognizable forms the way Maeve Eichelberger shapes her plexiglass sculptures. She creates unique, saddle-shaped sculptures combining rustic charm with contemporary art, sprinkling in pops of vibrant color. The works are collaged in vibrant crayon box colors, with photographs and etching by hand or laser to create layers of shapes and textures that overlap and change as the viewer moves around the three-dimensional works.


“I’m terrible at slowing down,” Maeve admits. “We are so quick to swipe and scroll. I want people to be engaged differently. I want to challenge perception, the material, and the viewer.” 

Artists today often paint on plexiglass and much contemporary sculpture made with plexiglass is geometric and lineal. Very few artists are shaping plexiglass into recognizable forms the way Maeve Eichelberger shapes her plexiglass sculptures. She creates unique, saddle-shaped sculptures combining rustic charm with contemporary art, sprinkling in pops of vibrant color. The works are collaged in vibrant crayon box colors, with photographs and etching by hand or laser to create layers of shapes and textures that overlap and change as the viewer moves around the three-dimensional works.


“I’m terrible at slowing down,” Maeve admits. “We are so quick to swipe and scroll. I want people to be engaged differently. I want to challenge perception, the material, and the viewer.” 

One Woman Show in Sorrel Sky Gallery SOHO Location

Sorrel Sky Gallery presents Maeve Eichelberger's Double Take - A Fresh Vision of the West, at 419 W. Broadway on July 18, 5-8 pm.

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