"Art into Land", (a mini Tower retrospective)

Tower recently lost her tobacco barn art storage and is attempting to raise money to buy public coastal land with proceeds from her two-day art sale extravaganza.

Cindy Tower “Art into Land” Branford Land Trust Benefit

For two days only, Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, From 2 -6 P.M., Branford’s Hammer estate will host Cindy Tower’s “Art into Land”, a Branford Land-Trust benefit art show. Tower will be selling tree-themed paintings and sculptures.

This particular body of work was featured in “Westward Expansion Inwards,” a 1993 solo exhibition at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City that saw Tower create a national park of painted recyclables for her viewers to hike through. The exhibition’s aim was to forge a personal connection between her youth spent pioneering the Brooklyn art scene and the life of her great, great grandfather, Galen Clark, a founding father of Yosemite National Park. Tower discovered Clarke through an old photograph, and learned that he was one of three men to write Abraham Lincoln regarding the preservation of Yosemite Valley, the area that would go on to become the country’s first land grant.

In keeping with her ancestral history, Tower hopes to preserve land through the sale of her work and will be donating 50% of the show’s profits to the Branford Land Trust.

Tower has had an extensive career in installation, performance and painting. Her most recent works feature depleted industrial landscapes from the heartland accompanied by site painting videos. Tower is represented by the Bruno David Gallery in Saint Louis and has recently taught at Hamilton College, Savannah College of Art and Design, The New York Studio School and Washington University in Saint Louis. She is currently painting on location in the west.

The Hammer estate is located at #591 Main Street, Branford, CT, 06405 (exit #54 on Interstate #95), through the gate, behind a twenty-foot stonewall.

Branford’s “Hammer Estate” was owned by the Hammer Manufacturing Family. In 1864 the Malleable iron Fittings Company was established which covered 20 acres of surrounding land. Garden walls are comprised of ship ballast. The family mansion, “Elverhoi”, was dismantled during the great depression, though several original structures remain. The sale will take place around the Hammer grounds (including the inside of the family bowling alley) and ancient garden beds.

Upcoming Solo Show at the Bruno David Gallery

"Decadense", Bruno David Gallery, March and April 2010, Saint Louis, MO

KDHX, Great Day Saint Louis, Channel 4, Cindy Tower painting live to plug for

&See live footage by Laurent Torno III

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