Yesterday the Armory Show 2013 unveiled Cary Leibowitz's installation on the Hudson River Park in NYC. The site-specific installation by Cary Leibowitz, also known as Candyass, is called “I Need to Start Seeing a Therapist.” The unique sculpture is located on the Hudson River Park just north of Pier 94. It is impossible to miss the wood and steel letters than can be seen from the West Side Highway. The 275 feet long and 12.5 feet high sculpture highlights the humor of this self-effacing public declaration.
On Sunday, March 10 at 12 pm, Leibowitz will hold an artist talk at the site of the sculpture on Hudson River Park. He will talk about the work itself, which is his largest installation to date. He will also review the arc of his twenty-plus year career as well as whether or not he needs to start seeing a therapist. The Armory Show 2013 promises to be an exciting program of cultural events and exhibitions taking place across New York City from March 7 through March 10.
Cary Leibowitz, commonly referred as Candyass, was born in 1963. His work had been shown around the world in museums and institutions such as the Jewish Museum and the Guggenheim Museum in New York as well as PS1 MoMA in NYC. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the Hirschhorn Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York. Leibowitz’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, the New Yorker and more.
Leibowitz is a painter and multi-media artist driven by neuroses and anxiety. He expresses his debilitating anxiety through art. His persona is one of light narcissism with elements of social and institutional critique as well as therapy and interrogation. His expressions are also much like a stand-up comedy routine. In the past, Leibowitz has filled galleries with text-paintings of one-line jokes writing in a childish script. He has also created multiples in incredibly large editions. His works entertain and confound at the same time. They are layered with self-loathing but also reach out toward like-minded communities.
This project was made possible by the generous support of Fred and Nancy Poses. More of Leibowitz’s work will be on display at the Invisible-Exports’ booth #96 at the Armory Show Pier 94. He will also be mounting a solo-exhibition at Invisible-Exports’ Lower East Side gallery this fall 2013. Invisible-Exports is located in the Lower East side at 14A Orchard Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11-6 pm, and by appointment. To find out more, call (212) 226-5447.
Art pieces have always been an integral part of the Hudson River Park landscape. It is the longest waterfront park in the United States. Five miles of parking lots and decaying piers along the west side of Manhattan are now a premier NYC destination with gardens, biking and pedestrian paths, public art, kayak launches and ball fields. In the past the park has worked with the Public Art Fund, Whitney Museum, Gagosian, Minetta Brook and the Marlborough Gallery on other temporary art installations. To find out more about art at the park, visit the Hudson River Park website.