Imagination in Space Presents David Safhay in Extrapolating Nature through Saturday at 2 Rivington Street

May 7, 2015

David-Safhay-Compostion-of Compositions

Fusing natural elements with man-made materials, sculptor and fine artist David Safhay creates an astonishing range of distinctly inventive works in various media. Presented by Imagination in Space — in partnership with Parasol Projects  — David Safhay‘s first New York City solo show remains on view at 2 Rivington Street through Saturday. Here’s a glimpse:

Nefertiti, Bone, fossil, shells, stone, epoxy


Witch’s BrewBone, found objects, shell, colored pencil, epoxy


Glyphtich, 1 of 3, Formica color core laminate, cherry wood, ebony inlay


Psychedelic Relic, Polythermal clay baked on composite abhor vitae skeleton 


Photos: 1 courtesy of Imagination in Space founder Greg Spielberg (pictured above); 2, 4 and 5 Lois Stavsky; 3 City-as-School intern Diana Davidova

Note: First image pictured, Composition of Compositions, walnut casing, wood, iron, rock, fossil, mixed media

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David Safhay May 7, 2015 at 9:43 pm

I want to thank Lois, Diana, and the folks at Street Art NYC for their kind attentions. It is nice to know that they “get” my work. I should never have left New York. It feels great to be back in my old stomping grounds of the Lower East Side where my fancy was first taking flight. Sincerely, Dave Safhay


David Safhay May 7, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Cooper Union had a lot to do with my growth as an artist here. If you ever saw my “Victorian Burlesque” on my website, you would see a walnut liqueur box that I used as a found object in that sculpture. That walnut case came from the wholesale antique district around 4th Ave and 11th St. when I was walking to Cooper from my apt. on 12th street every day. I saw that box in the window and had to have it for a sculpture I was dreaming up where the box would look like it continued growing in walnut. This was the first “Organic” or “Supranatural” piece I ever created way back in 1976. Little did I know that I would revisit this concept in a big way from 2005 to the present culmination of “The Composition of Compositions” that I just finished last month. “Victorian Burlesque” may have been an orphan then, but now it is the solid precursor of my main aesthetic thrust. So “Made on the Lower East Side” is actually true in this case of the case! – DSafhay


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