Howard Springer

Shadow Box Constructions

Coney Island Memory Totem #4
(80k GIF image)

Entrance to Dreamland
(85k GIF image)

Coney Island Memory Box #12
(85k GIF image)

The Paradise Fun House
(75k GIF image)

Bird House
(55k GIF image)

Construction #3
(75k GIF image)


The vocabulary of my sculptures is based on the architectural and the surreal. The forms are predominantly totems, shadowbox constructions, small houses, and building facades. The architectural references are drawn from traveling fairgrounds, circuses, amusement parks, and especially Coney Island. Other elements include many decorative building facades, shrines, and temples. My sculptures include the use of elements such as doorways, hallways, stairways, gargoyles, masks, columns, and collages. It intergrates many architectural styles. Drawing on the real and imagined, especially the world of the amusement park, which as a metaphor reflects the world of fun and danger, good and evil, moral and immoral, innocence and its many opposites and paradoxes.

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