Thomas Stavovy

New York Studio School

20 Jay Street, 307

Thomas Stavovy, Untitled 1 (2019). Plaster, Wire Cloth, Cardboard, Threaded Rod, Aluminum Flashing, 36 x 14 x 14 in.

Thomas Stavovy received an MFA in Painting (2013) and a Certificate in Sculpture (2018) from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He received the Larry Einbender Travel Award in 2017 and the NYSS Dumbo Sculpture Residency in 2018.  In 2019 he began assisting NYSS faculty Jilaine Jones in developing and implementing new exhibitions and residencies for the Dumbo space.

During his Dumbo sculpture residency, Stavovy has focused on process, with attention to the different spatial and critical contexts in which the sculpture is being made and exhibited.  The residency provides work space adjacent to exhibition space, a useful arrangement for relating process and materials to the respective architectural spaces of work and exhibition. The idea is to consider changes in attitude towards the sculpture as it transitions from idea and conversation, to work in process, to a sculpture declaring itself as ready to be exhibited.

Currently, Stavovy is considering landscape both as a view, implying a fixed perspective, and as a place one enters into, encountering things that are within reach and have a tactile presence.  Each of these considerations, landscape as a view, and landscape as a place, asserts a claim for what is real. The contest between the two takes form in the studio, in conceptualizing the sculpture as both object and place. The title for his project is Room without a View, Landscape without Land.

About New York Studio School

The New York Studio School is located at 8 West 8th Street, Greenwich Village. The School offers full-time studio-based programs in painting and sculpture leading to a Master of Fine Arts Degree or a Certificate of Completion. The School also offers drawing, painting, and sculpture marathons, and evening and Saturday classes. In addition to the main building on West 8th Street, the School maintains a Sculpture Studio and Gallery in DUMBO.