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 Alan Sonfist  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: sculpture-environmental

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Alan Sonfist
from Auction House Records.
The Naked Earth of New York, 2001
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
Education at the University of Illinois then on to Ohio State University where he came under the influence of Hoyt Sherman.

Moved back to New York and progessed into sculpture.

Influenced by Asher Durand and his "Letters on Landscape Painting" he created a series of works entitled "Dreams with Asher B. Durand" which involved finding the scenes that Durand had painted and then photographing as they are now. Another creation was "Element Selections--Frozen in Time" which had him placing twigs and leaves from a given site in the forest and then placing them onto a canvas in the same configuration. This was then returned to nature where he allowed natural decomposition to occur.

In 1975 he created a work called "Gene Banks" which dealt the idea of the forest as a time capsule. One of his most ambitious projects was "Time Landscape : Greenwich Village, New York" which attempts to reproduce the forest that covered Manhattan three hundred years ago.

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