The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

"A Life in Art" works by Edwin Lynch at Pulp Gallery



WHAT: "A Life in Art" works by Edwin Lynch
WHEN: Public Opening September 11th from 4 to 7pm
WHERE: Pulp Gallery 80 Race Street Holyoke, MA. 01040
                Regular Hours are FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY 11:00AM - 4:00PM

"What I have wanted to do always, was to make beautiful things with my hands. My attempt at art, my sculpture, is driven by a simple idea, to bring a love of craft to life, to be more fully in touch with those around me."

-Edwin Lynch

Artist Edwin Lynch has had a long career in the arts. His NYU thesis film, "A Question to Mr. Humphrey", was innovative double-screen, funded by a grant from the American Film Institute, distributed nationally into theaters by Walter Reade, and collected by the Museum of Modern Art. He worked for 25 years in film and television as a producer, director, and cinematographer on Oscar winning “Woodstock” and “Hearts and Minds”, and directed the first television production of Time Man of the Year. The broadcast, along with the magazine, revealed that Deng Xiaoping’s decision to open China to the West made him their choice as the year’s most influential.. As organizer and founder of AIVF, the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, Ed held monthly meetings in his loft, gathering a sense of community. He testified before House and Senate committees on the behalf of independent productions. His response to committee Chair Senator Pell provided a welcomed sense of humor, a story that pre-social media, but traveled nicely. His open space for meetings in TriBecca also was a creative invitation to sculpt more actively. while managing a photo lab, he used the studio to shoot large transparencies for Bond Street neighbor, Chuck Close. His heart, though, remained in continuing to sculpt.


Edwin’s work has become part of the lives of his friends and family, as well as loyal collectors. Now a resident of Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts, he continues to work and his membership of Salmagundi Art Club in New York City. A membership show exhibited his bronze “Friend of the Family”, an American version of the historical Asian Tomb Guardian. It won a best of show, and was selected for the Club’s permanent collection.

An overview of Edwin’s work, and his interviews, reveals a personal style and his need to balance the ephemera of film with the timelessness of stone. His early imaginative pieces in soap stone and alabaster led him to casting limited editions in aluminum and bronze. His new work, figurative bronzes, speak to contemporary issues, through “Working Woman” and “Thinking Woman”. The later is a maquette cast in hydrocal, a proposal for a large, public reproduction. His most recent bronze piece, “Boxer” and “Gallery”, presents a young man prepared to make his place in the world. Currently he’s at begun “Woman and Dog”, what he describes as a light touch, a modern contribution to the passionate history of art.


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