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The Birth of an Ikon: Striking sculptures come to Garment District Space for Public Art

NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance unveiled the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, titled Ikon Series, by New York City-based artist, Edward Jackson.

Located in a street-level window at 215 W. 38th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public from July 1st through July 30th and is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art, which showcases local artists throughout the year.

“The Ikon Series is a remarkable installation that embodies the bold, vibrant character of the new Garment District,” said Barbara Blair Randall, president of the Garment District Alliance. “These pieces are extraordinary, and we are absolutely delighted to help showcase Edward’s work through the Garment District Space for Public Art.”

The Ikon Series sculptures combine re-cast busts with reclaimed metal and wood objects in a quick and almost improvisational manner. The piece takes its name from the use of variations on the cross or crucifix form as a basis of composition. The works to be shown are: “Egyptian Moderne”, constructed from found objects, steel, and Hyrdocal plaster, and “Greek Ikon”, which is made from found objects, steel and casting wax.

Edward Jackson is a visual artist who has occupied studio space in or near Manhattan’s Garment District for more than 25 years. He has exhibited work in several group shows, both juried and invitational. While working in other mediums, his primary focus has been wall-mounted sculpture. Edward’s artwork replicates museum reproductions of classical Greek, Roman and Egyptian sculptures and reinserts them back into an art context. These copies, long removed from their original function and meant as an aesthetic souvenir of the museum experience, are re-cast using traditional preparatory materials (plaster, wax) and combined with tropes of modern sculpture: industrial materials, repetition, found objects and architectural elements. The result is a re-presentation of these objects that straddles two worlds, leading the replicas out of their inherent banality.

The Garment District is home to thousands of people working in the "creative economy,” including fine and performing artists, designers, architects, photographers and more than a hundred theaters, galleries, performance spaces and studios.

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