The Directors of Marlborough Gallery are pleased to announce an exhibition of recent works by Tom Otterness entitled Creation Myth which will open on Wednesday, October 22nd with an opening reception from 6-8 PM and will continue through November 25th of 2014. Creation Myth will consist of over twenty sculptures in stainless-steel & limestone, bronze, and marble. The works range in scale from small to monumental.
In this exhibition, Otterness alludes to Ovid’s canonical story in the Metamorphoses in which Pygmalion carves a sculpture of a woman in ivory so beautiful and idyllic that he becomes enchanted by her. Upon praying to goddess Aphrodite for a bride, Pygmalion’s sculpture, Galatea, comes to life. The works in Creation Myth, however, feature a woman carving a male figure. Otterness overturns this classical parable in his inimitable style, which allows him to offer what art historian Alan W. Moore describes as, “hard lessons in reassuring tones.”