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Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930's: “SKYSCRAPER SLAYER,” “BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB” read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again—and enthrall the nation. The young man who committed the murders would come to be known in the annals of American crime as the Mad Sculptor.
The charismatic perpetrator, Robert Irwin, was a brilliant young sculptor who had studied with some of the masters of the era. But with his genius also came a deeply disturbed psyche; Irwin was obsessed with sexual self-mutilation and was frequently overcome by outbursts of violent rage.
Irwin’s primary victim, Veronica Gedeon, was a figure from the world of pulp fantasy—a stunning photographer's model whose scandalous seminude pinups would titillate the public for weeks after her death. Irwin’s defense attorney, Samuel Leibowitz, was a courtroom celebrity with an unmatched record of acquittals and clients ranging from Al Capone to the Scottsboro Boys. And Dr. Fredric Wertham, psychiatrist and forensic scientist, befriended Irwin years before the murders and had predicted them in a public lecture months before the crime.
Based on extensive research and archival records, The Mad Sculptor recounts the chilling story of the Easter Sunday murders—a case that sparked a nationwide manhunt and endures as one of the most engrossing American crime dramas of the twentieth century. The book evokes the faded glory of post-depression New York and the singular madness of a brilliant mind turned against itself. THE MAD SCULPTOR-The Maniac, The Model and the Murder that Shook the Nation-Harold Schechter
ArtSees Diner Radio is pleased to bring you week 4, of Conversations On Creativity, with guest host Susan Block. Week 4 brings you Richard Keibdaj. Keibdaj is an exceptionally versatile sculptor. He carves stone and wood and fabricates with cast metals, bronze, steel and other alloys. His varied mediums have been appreciated by an equally diverse audience. Kiebdaj’s clients include Roger Ebert, Hugh Hefner and former Chicago Bear Willie Gault. Keibdaj has been a working artist for 40 years. His public sculptures have been on exhibition in Chicago neighborhoods and in Northwest Indiana including Southern Shore Art Association gallery in Michigan City and the campus of Purdue North Central. Keibdaj is a multi-talented craftsman. He has worked in bronze, steel, stone, and wood.
Susan Block brings with her a vast knowledge of the arts and creativity. She is LaPorte County Poet Laureate Emeritus, playwright, writing workshop leader, art exhibition curator and cultural arts advocate. "Conversations On Creativity" is the brainchild of Block.
Series co-producer is Mary E. LaLuna, executive producer/creator of ArtSees Productions and host of “ArtSees Diner,”
Randy Cooper has had many jobs and careers, ranging from lumberjack in the woods of the Pacific Northwest to serving as a special education teacher, from an operator at a Westinghouse plant to a developer and teacher of the Total Quality Management program at two of their facilities. As an artist, he credits his attention to detail to this latter experience at Westinghouse. Randy's mother was a master carver of birds and gunstocks, and one of his sisters is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and author. It wasn’t until Randy was nearly 50 that he discovered his own penchant for art. His first experience with art education was taking a 6-week course with sculptor Wren Prather-Stroud. He also attended a week-long course with Tuck Langland at the Scottsdale Artists' School. After working successfully in clays, artificial stone, and bronzes, Randy discovered wire mesh, which soon became his medium. He began creating intriguing and magical sculptures in wire mesh and has developed all of the techniques that he uses in making his “Shadow Sculptures” on his own. These are forms created in wire screen that cast lovely shadows on the wall when lit with a light source. Indeed, sometimes the shadows seem to show more detail than the original sculpture and instill a feeling of magic into the creation. These “Shadow Sculptures” have been sweeping the United States and the world for the past few years, highlighting many private collections throughout the world, and Randy Cooper has become a major force among America's contemporary artists. Randy works as a full-time sculptor and lives in New Mexico with his wife, Susan, a former environmental engineer who is now a writer and an artist who has worked primarily in pastels, oils, and acrylics. Join Dave Nassaney, The Caregiver's Caregiver, author, speaker, life coach, and radio talk-show host for caregivers. DaveNass.com , Call (213) 943 3630 to listen.
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Our guest on Thursday, August 21st at 3:00 pm PST/ 6:00 EST on Metalsmith Benchtalk is Fred Crist.
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Fred Crist established FACrist/Metalsmith in 2007. He is an educator in great demand whose work is widely collected and exhibited. The following is an excerpt from his 2011 interview with Iceforge.
“Forging metal has always been my choice of material and process as a sculptor and craftsman. From the time I was first introduced to this direct manipulation of metal as a student at Philadelphia College of Art in 1974, (under the direction of Jack Andrews) I was captivated by its potential as a sculptural medium.
Upon graduation, with a BFA in Sculpture, I began working at Samuel Yellin Metalworkers in West Philadelphia in 1977. This studio, renowned for its excellence in hand forged architectural works dating back to 1906, was to be my training ground for the next eleven years. Here I began as an apprentice and worked my way up to Head Blacksmith. While at the Yellin Studio I assisted and lead on many major projects, involving reproduction of original Yellin work as well as restoration of works in need of repair."
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Ottawa sculptor Norman Pirollo uses wood as his primary medium, drawing inspiration from its inherent beauty. Born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, he pursued studies in the technology sector. Norman also began to explore art and working with wood as a medium. He pursued alternative studies to master this form of art and today he creates wood art in all forms ranging from sculpture to wall art and one of a kind studio furniture.
Norman continually challenges himself with new techniques and processes, which result in clean, contemporary works celebrating the natural organic forms surrounding us in our environment. His contemporary styled sculptural and wall art are a creative combination of subtle yet dramatic features where his unique designs incorporate unusual graphics found in vibrant woods. His sculpture and wall art are composed of figured woods with unique characteristics to which he infuses colour to depict an image he envisions.
Norman is a member of various art associations and has been the recipient of arts awards as well as participating in numerous juried art shows. His work has also been featured in the following books: "Studio Furniture: Today's Leading Woodworkers", "Wood Art Today 2" and "500 Cabinets" as well as various international magazines. Most recently Norman has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious NICHE Award 2013 in his category.
Norman currently fulfills his quest of creating unique studio furniture through Refined Edge Design. Norman also provides instruction through WoodSkills which he developed to make available the knowledge and expertise he has acquired over the years.
Media Nite Radio welcomes to the airwaves Sculptor, painter, photographer, muse, model Niki Sabet. Niki Sabet is blazing her unique trail as a multi-medium artist. Born in Iran, Sabet grew up between France and Canada. She was writing poetry at seven and was a featured student poet at The National Education Convention. At eight, Sabet was wood carving, and her sculptures were showcased at The City Art Fair. Upon graduating high school at 16, she was signed to the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency. Sabet traveled the world, establishing herself as an international model. She spent years living all over Asia in cities such as Hong Kong, Bangkok and Boracay Island. She later lived, for a time, in Europe and South Africa. Upon her return to North America, she studied Interior Architecture at Ryerson University in Toronto. She quickly realized her passion was in creating with more of a hands-on approach rather than the world of academia. In search of new inspiration, Sabet relocated to Los Angeles, California and soon thereafter made Silverlake’s well-known La Fonderie Atelier her primary studio. Her secondary studio is in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It is there where she began working on her first monumental bronze sculpture for 50 Varick (the Tribeca Film Festival building) in NYC. She currently resides between Los Angeles and New York. When film and fashion industry movers and shakers began taking notice, Sabet found herself being lured back into the entertainment industry by photographers and directors. However, now her creative peers are regarding her as a muse for their endeavors.
The success of Michele Brody’s work thrives on the interaction with new communities and environments. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1989 and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. She has utilized a background in the liberal and fiber arts to create site-specific, mixed-media installations, and works of public art generated by the history, culture, environment, nature and architecture of a wide range of venues. While living and working in France, Costa Rica, California, the Midwest, Germany, and her home of New York City, Brody’s art career has developed into a process of working in collaboration with each new community towards developing an interpretation of the sense of a place as an outsider looking in.She has had one person shows in the U.S. and internationally. Brody has also won distinguished awards and grants. During the spring of 2006 she completed three major permanent public art installations in New York and Texas. In 2007 she was commissioned to create a permanent lobby installation for the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan, and debuted the first interactive performance of Reflections in Tea at the 11th Annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival, in Brooklyn, NY. In 2011 she was awarded Best 3-D Entry at the international competition Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI. She is also in the process of preparing for an outdoor sculpture exhibition for Créations sur-le-champ Land Art at Mont-Saint Hilaire in Canada, and as the Costume designer for an international environmental art pageant in India for the Vaigai River Restoration Project.
For more information: http://michelebrody.com
Nathalie Miebach is a sculptor who is fascinated with weather and how it interacts with the environment and affects people. She researches weather data, makes detailed drawings of the various numbers and then starts the slow process of basket weaving the drawn scientific information into three-dimensional sculpture ranging in size from a corner piece, a wall hanging to filling a room. Telling a story by creating a visual language based on scientific data is what makes Nathalie unique. And she is taking this notion of storytelling into another realm – that of sound as well – by developing musical scores from collected weather data. Are Nathalie’s sculpture pieces an expression of science, art or language? Tune in as host Kita Szpak talks to Natalie about her “newfound” stories on A Kind Voice on Big Ideas and Philosophy.
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Dr. Elliott Maynard defines his master paradigm as "a new operating systems for the human race." Join us as he describes the characteristics of this new man, how we can access this quantum mind and how this is important for the ultimate survival of humans and Planet Earth.
Dr. Elliott Maynard is a leading-edge consciousness scientist and conceptual designer. He earned his Ph.D. in Consciousness Research and served on the faculties of Adelphi University and Dowling College in New York. Dr. Maynard is Founder and President of Arcos Cielos Foundation in Sedona, Arizona and has been active with the World Future Society, the Aerospace Technology Working Group and the London-based Humanitad International. His fourth and newest book, Brave New Mind: Living in a Future-Science World, presents his new master paradigm for personal and planetary transformation. Dr. Maynard is also an accomplished artist, sculptor, musician, underwater photographer and documentary film producer. Visit www.arcoscielos.com
Renae Francis has worked with some of the most recognizable brands on Earth. CNN, People Magazine, Porsche, and Disney are some of the fortunate ones that have had the privilege to work with her. Renae is well established in the world of PR and Brand Architect. Her expertise, connections and diligence has created a well-rounded niche for herself in the industry. She has worked with top media houses and brands.
Renae appeared on various TV shows, interviewed top celebrities, orchestrated great events, and has worked with top brands, just to mention a few from her prestigious profile, She is more than that. She is a publicist Extraordinaire, Executive Vice President, Business Developer, Entertainment Consultant, Senior Account Executive, Brand Strategist, Lifestyle Manager, Crisis Communications Adviser, Marketing Director, Media Specialist, and an Image Sculptor.
She has been able to stay on top of her game even when other entertainment consultants and publicists remain aloof due to her determination and urge for success. This is evident as her clients cannot get enough of her and the list seems to be building very fast.
Her versatility will not stop to amaze many as she seems to combine lots of talents in one single body. She directs media campaigns, appears on top TV stations as a contributor on a wide range of topics. She is a respected event designer, brand developer, celebrity procurement and crisis manager.
With over 13 years of experience in the industry, she has made her mark in virtually every sector you can think of. She has got everything from connections, to experience, to sophistication and of course beauty.
“I am interested in people, their feelings and how to best elevate their most desirable assets". Those are her exact words and she has demonstrated this in every work she has done.
Judy and Daniel Hauben will discuss THE BRONX ARTIST DOCUMENTARY PROJECT. The first event of its kind in the Bronx -- and perhaps in the world -- the Bronx Artist Documentary Project has paired Bronx photographers with Bronx painters, sculptors, printmakers, graffiti and street artists, collage, textile and other visual artists to create a documentary portrait of a vibrant and often overlooked artistic community. The Project was designed to create more awareness of all the artists in the Bronx and to shine a light on their vital and positive contribution to the life of our borough.
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Special Guest: Willard Wigan is a sculptor from Birmingham, England, who makes microscopic art. Willard’s micro-sculptures are so minute that they are only visible through a microscope. Each piece commonly sits within the eye of a needle, or on a pin head.
Willard’s artwork has been described by many as “the eighth wonder of the world”. Such accolade resulted in him being honoured by HM. Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE for his services to art, which was presented by HRH. Prince Charles in July 2007.
Owners of Willard’s work now include: HRH. Prince Charles, Sir Elton John, Sir Philip Green, Lord Bath, Mike Tyson and Simon Cowell to name but a few. Willard’s latest piece, the Coronation Crown was requested by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in tribute to her celebration to her Diamond Jubilee. http://www.willard-wigan.com
Special Guest: Horologist Stephen Forsey partner in the Greubel Forsey watch making company. In 1999 Greubel and Forsey began working on a new generation of tourbillon specifically designed to improve the timekeeping of the mechanical watch. Four years later they unveiled "Greubel Forsey" and stunned horological aficionados with their innovative Double Tourbillon 30°, a timepiece clearly demonstrating their twin goals of innovation and excellence. http://www.greubelforsey.com
Art Piece 1 is collaboration between Robert Greubel, Stephen Forsey and Willard Wigan, and features one of Wigan’s micro-sculptures, observable through special optics.
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