Allen M. Spivack
- Community of Residence: Jamaica Plain
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.theothermanofsteel.com
- Phone: 617-620-1443
- Artist Biography: After working for 45 years in a variety of settings- fundraising, home renovation contractor, stay-at-home dad, and social work-I decided it was time to devote myself full-time to making sculpture, something I've wanted to do since my early 20s. So in 2013, I retired at age 65 and began my journey. My studio, OMOS Studios (meaning the Other Man Of Steel), is located in my converted garage. I’m self-trained and have taken classes at MASSART, Stonybrook Fine Arts Studio and been mentored by the renowned Vermont-based sculptor, David Stromeyer. My career as an artist started later in life, and my work reflects a wide range of themes and stories, inspired by social justice issues, Jewish themes, personal events or bizarre flights of the imagination. I’ve participated in a number of gallery shows in and around Greater Boston. I’ve exhibited sculptures in the annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA (2017-2020), two New England Sculpture Association-sponsored shows (2018-19) and participated in Jamaica Plain Open Studios for many years. I’ve also been part of the Studio Without Walls show in Brookline, MA (2019-2020). I’m a member of the New England Sculptors Association (NESA) since 2017 and currently serve on its board of directors. My wife, Sherry Grossman, and I have two adult sons and two grandchildren. I rejoined TBZ in 2018.
- Artist Statement: I think about many things behind my respirator, face mask and ear protection while I’m welding, cutting or grinding. Living during the time of Covid has fundamentally changed all of us. Our mobility has been severely restricted, our connections to family and friends curtailed and the world we know and expect has contracted. We depend on phone calls, online gatherings and our coping skills to manage our sense of isolation, heartache and disorientation. I've been deeply affected by all of this. During the first few months of the time of Covid I felt depressed and lost, my normal supports fragile and frayed and feeling like a 'stranger in a strange land.' My normal ways of engaging with others no longer worked and social distancing felt like real people separation distancing.
That said, I need to acknowledge just how fortunate we are. Our family has our health, a secure
place to live, supportive relationships and enough money to take care of our needs. Additionally for me,
I have my art studio where I can go each day and focus on my artwork. When I enter my studio, I go
into the ‘zone’-that special place where I feel energized and fully present. It would be a stretch to say that
while there I hold the world of Covid at bay, but it’s in my studio where I fully access my creative work.
This has been my anchor during these challenging times. If you have time, I invite you stop by my studio
in Jamaica Plain. I have a lot of sculptures in my backyard and I’d be delighted to spend some time
with you. Give a call or send an email to arrange a time to visit (at a safe distance of course).