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John Ahearn

877 Intervale Avenue

John Ahearn was not trained in sculpture. Schooled in painting, he switched to filmmaking; working on monster movies he became involved in designing the creatures’ faces, and also in casting his actors’ faces as an intermediate stage in the preparation of makeup. He enjoyed the process of sculpture-making more than filmmaking, and moulded his first series of public castings in the South Bronx in the prominent display window of the Fashion Moda gallery. Garish painting and bravura expressions reveal the theatricalized, carnival atmosphere of these early sessions. In time, the work fine-tuned itself away from stylization. As he has gained in sculptural fluency, Ahearn, in his pragmatic, no-frills manner, has taken a position in a community he has learned to love. On commission from the Borough of the Bronx, and assisted by a local statuary company, Ahearn and fellow-artist Rigoberto Torres

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