Alan Binstock’s public art installation – Convergence of Knowledge – has been installed in the center of the main reading room in the library. The site is located at 7414 Riverdale Rd. New Carrollton, MD. The sculpture, a series of overlaid translucent forms, suggesting a larger richer presence. The elements were cast on the floor of the artist’s studio encasing sheets of netting for visual cohesiveness and strength.
Alan Binstock also worked as a jeweler, carpenter, cabinetmaker, and yoga teacher, verging close to a monastic life in an ashram community. Binstock worked as an architect at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He found the continued exposure to near and deep space images, as well as Eastern metaphysics, powerful influences on his work.
Binstock investigates forms that capture the wonder of the of the explorer’s outward search to find meaning in the universe while expressing the nature of the seeker’s inner passage. Powers of Ten the 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray and Charles Eames made clear to Binstock the similarities between deep space and the realm of sub-atomic particles. This sparked his fascination with plate glass and shattered tempered glass and the interplay between the micro and macro worlds seen in telescopes and microscopes. He smashes glass and “cold fuses” it with resin—layered, sometimes chiseled, ground and polished like stone. Its transparency captures natural light and allows the viewer to see beneath the surface. Radiance becomes a part of the color palette, the changing qualities of daylight enriches the sculptures.
Binstock was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. His formal fine arts education began in New York’s High School of Music and Art, followed by undergraduate studies in Fine Art at Hunter College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. He later earned a Master of Architecture degree the University of Maryland – School of Architecture in 1985. Before going back to school, he taught Fine Arts in a South Bronx Junior High. Binstock became a Registered Architect, working in several area firms, and recently as an architect and master planner at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His work ranges from small pieces to large public commissions. His public pieces are in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. He has exhibited at the Katzen Museum, The American Center for Physics, and Grounds for Sculpture, as well in the local, region, New York and South Florida galleries.
(via Alan Binstock. Photo courtesy of Alan Binstock.)