Recent Exhibit

Cast Resin Sculpture by Arlene Abend
January 18 – March 22, 2013
Joan Lukas Rothenberg Gallery at The Redhouse Arts Center, 2nd floor
201 S. West St., Syracuse, NY 13202, 315.425.0405 or
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 AM – 10 PM and before and after every Redhouse event

Opening Reception and Film Screening- Thursday, February 28, 2013- Artist Talk in the gallery at 6:30 PM followed by a screening of “Stretching Boundaries: The Life Work of Sculptor Arlene Abend” at 7:30 PM in the Main Theatre. Refreshments at 8:30 PM

Artist in Attendance: January 18, January 19, February 21 and March 21 prior to Theatre Performances, during Theatre Intermissions and during Th3, The Third Thursday.


The cast resin works of “Within” represent both mystery and metaphor. The use of clear resin and lost wax surfaces allows me to capture, reflect and diffract light to create a constantly changing vision. The surfaces of the sculpture act as a mirror or prism and offer the contrast of surprise yet familiarity. I find a strong connection between the material and myself. Time disappears. There is a kind of magic that takes place during the act of creating art.

To create these works, a liquid resin and catalyst is poured into a five sided mold which contains a wax sculpture. Other elements are occasionally included, such as wire, acrylic or small metal figures. The heat created in the curing and hardening process melts the wax. The liquid wax is poured from the mold, leaving a translucent, hollow image of the original sculpture within the resin.

As a result of this process, cast resin encloses a hollow space, yet reflects from within. The inclusion of figures and objects implies personal metaphors of time and space in addition to introducing scale. The shapes and gestures imply emotional states such as curiousity, confusion, fear, and wonder.