The Art of the Brick
exhibition features the work of former attorney Nathan Sawaya. The exhibit is described
by the museum as follows: Nathan's sculptures range from faithful recreations of everyday objects, to whimsical flights of fancy, to deeply emotional pieces that connect with the viewer on a visceral level
According to a statement featured at the exhibition, Sawaya said, "When I was a lawyer I quickly came to realize I was more comfortable sitting on the floor creating sculptures than I was sitting in a boardroom negotiating contracts. My personal search for overall happiness paved the way to becoming a fulltime working artist."
Sawaya is based in New York, NY where he has a studio in which 1.5 million colored bricks are housed. His bio
notes the following: Sawaya's ability to transform LEGO bricks into something new, his devotion to scale and color perfection, the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate an ordinary toy to the status of fine art
Sawaya's "Shocking Self-Portrait" is seen below.
A volunteer at the museum told me that Sawaya had been commissioned to do a number of pieces for the museum, and three of them are seen below: President Bill Clinton, a Razorback, and sculptures of the Clinton Museum Store and Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
Two of Sawaya's whimsical sculptures are featured below.
Other pieces from Sawaya's gallery
that are on exhibit at the Clinton Museum include "Gray," "Yellow," and "Skulls".
The Clinton Presidential Center
invites visitors to "See amazing sculptures out of LEGO bricks" at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. The Sawaya exhibit is on display through February 12, 2012.