Alan Binstock

I was born and raised in the Bronx. My formal fine arts education began in New York's High School of Music and Art, followed by undergraduate studies in Fine Arts at Hunter College. After teaching Fine Arts in a South Bronx Junior High School, and a year of travel, I settled in Boulder, Colorado, developing sculpture and jewelry of wood, stone, silver and deer antler. While working at Quest Foundry, I was exposed to all phases of wax modeling, bronze casting and finishing. I worked as a carpenter, building homes, and later, as a cabinetmaker for a sailboat manufacturer, learning about finely crafted details.

A four-year graduate program at the University Of Maryland School Of Architecture gave me a new perspective in three-dimensional design. I worked for many years as a Registered Architect in several area firms. This ongoing education in construction methods and materials, was a continuous source of rich subject matter over these past twenty years of exhibiting sculpture, and large public art.

My sculptor’s career is informed by twenty-two years at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. I had a continued exposure to near and deep space images as well as a bit of quantum physics which are all powerful influences on my work. My fascination with plate glass and shattered tempered glass is sparked by observations of apparent/outer forms and inner/subtle forms that are revealed by the telescope and microscope. As a lay person, I can both celebrate the frontiers of science and take poetic license with scientific theory in the creation of sculptural experience. Light is captured. Radiance becomes a part of my palette, through a matrix of re-purposed tempered glass, resins and dyes, I engage the changing qualities of daylight to inform and enrich these sculptures. I investigate forms that express the nature of the seeker’s inner passage while capturing the wonder of the explorer’s outward search to find meaning in the universe. I want my work to catalyze a sense of excited inquiry and quietude, and hopefully, a moment of self-reflection.

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