Robin Antar, 718-375-4878
For Immediate Release
‘FREEZING’ EVERYDAY OBJECTS
IS REMARKABLE SPECIALTY OF
AWARD-WINNING BROOKLYN ARTIST
Brooklyn-based sculptor and mom Robin Antar is a unique artist who
reproduces everyday objects – from brand name shoes, clothing and candy
– into meticulously carved stone sculptures.
The result is a staggering and challenging trompe l'oeil for the viewer:
is it a sculpture or is it the real thing?
Her works include a
logger boot, a pair of Diesel
jeans, a bag of Milano
cookies, a bottle of Chateau
Haut-Brion, a bottle of Heinz
ketchup, a pair of boxing
gloves, and a bag of M & M’s
They are among the many icons of American culture that comprise
the unique works of NYC artist Robin Antar, one of 17 artists
honored by the NYC Mayor’s
Office for People with Disabilities last year. In addition to many
distinguished honors and awards,
Antar was also recently named in the
Best of American Sculptors.
Antar sculpts visual duplications of the products of our culture in her
studio, “freezing” the objects in time.
“I record markings and symbols that reflect an object’s life and
use, including their wear and tear in the form of creases, folds, dents
and crevices,” said Antar, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts.
“Most of the carvings are done in life scale and are intended to
defy the viewer to discern the sculpture from the original object.”
Indeed, her artwork is amazingly lifelike. An Italian shoe shows
the ever-so-slight signs of wear, and a plate of cookies, stacked just
so, forces an observer to look twice before considering whether to swipe
one. At a recent exhibit,
her artwork had to be roped off because many people felt the urge to
She can spend anywhere from three to six months on a piece.
To create a boot, for example, Antar cut lines and made deep
scratches in the stone to mimic the sole.
She tinted it with a thin coat of black, letting the grains of
the stone show through. She
then applied a thicker coat on the sole, creating the look of rubber.
Sculpting since she was 14 and a student at Lincoln High School
in Brooklyn, Antar typically works at all hours of the day and night.
In contrast to the order of her home and the gallery-like quality
of her living room where she rotates her favorite pieces, her studio
houses 20,000 pounds of stone (which spills over into her garage),
and the unusual tools of her trade (including heavy drills that
seem far too bulky for the slight Antar to lift, much less sculpt with).
She sculpts both objects that catch her fancy and commissioned
pieces that can range from one’s favorite pair of clothes to a family
heirloom (e.g. a tallis, or Jewish prayer cloth).
Her work can be found in many homes and private collections,
including that of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.
“The work is physically demanding and the fine detail requires an
immense amount of focus and time,” said Antar, who has also developed a
clientele for another aspect of her work, Judaic ceremonial artwork.
“The money and the recognition are nice, but you do this
Antar’s works in progress include a
cowboy hat life size and
oversized bottle of French
mustard, a bottle of scotch
and a larger-than-life sized bag
of chips, 6000 pound worth – brand to be determined.
Ms. Antar’s sculptures have graced the windows of
Paul Stuart’s flagship fashion
retail store on Madison Avenue in NYC, and have been exhibited at the
Blue Hill Cultural Center in Pearl River, NY, and at the National Arts
Club in NYC, among many other venues.
She recently appeared on HGTV’s
That’s Clever, where she
transformed a block of stone into a life-like boot.
She sells her original pieces range from $500- $126,000
Photos, DEMOS of Ms. Antar’s sculpting and additional information
are available. For more
information visit her website at:
www.rantar.com, or contact Vicki Garfinkel,
Robin Antar, USA