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Late Brooklyn Artistís Mystery Solved
New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Doyle Murphy

Posted on 04/16/2014 2:38:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Marty Resnick installed his sculpture on the grounds of Kingsborough Community College before moving in 1975 to live off the land in Southeast Ohio. The origins of the scrap metal artwork puzzled faculty members for decades.

Friends of an enigmatic artist have solved a Manhattan Beach whodunit that has stumped locals for four decades.

A rusting sculpture on the campus of Kingsborough Community College has puzzled faculty members who long ago had lost the identity of its creator — if they had it to begin with.

“When they were doing the inventory they had no record of the sculpture,” Kingsborough Art Gallery Director Peter Malone told The News. “So it was this mysterious thing.”

The sculpture was eight feet tall, made of scrap metal and somehow anchored into the ground between a pair of trees. It survived Hurricane Sandy and widespread construction on the campus, but no one seemed to know its origins.

“They didn’t know what to do with it,” said Malone.

That changed late last year with a call from Ken Gordon.

The Brooklyn film historian and Kingsborough alum wanted permission to hold a memorial service for his pal Marty Resnick, who died in August of cancer of the esophagus — and they wanted to do it next to his baffling sculpture.

“They had no idea who he was and what that thing was,” Gordon told the Daily News Monday, nearly 40 years after the sculpture was installed on the edge of the 70-acre Manhattan Beach campus, near a school gymnasium.

Resnick and Gordon attended Kingsborough in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Howard Fields, a friend of Resnick’s from James Madison High School, was a frequent visitor.

They were into music and art. Resnick and Fields played together in a band called Home Grown. Eventually, Resnick grew tired of the hustle of his home borough, bought 200 acres of forest land in Southeast Ohio and moved out. He left his sculpture, “The Ten Commandments,” behind and probably never saw it again.

Resnick’s back-to-the-land move to Ohio wasn’t novel in the early 1970s, but Gordon and Fields said he’s one of the few who never gave up. He spent the next 40 years living in cabins he built himself, scratching a living from his artistic talents and refusing to take a conventional job.

Fields, who became a drummer for Harry Chapin’s band, stopped by while on tour in 1979.

“Marty never had running water for 40 years,” Fields recalled. “He lived like Grizzly Adams.”

Fields returned last July after learning his friend had cancer of the esophagus. Resnick died a month later.

Gordon and Fields have planned a memorial for 11 a.m. on May 15 with the help of the college. A new plaque will identify Resnick as the artist and explain a little about how the sculpture was made, but not why — that’s still a mystery.

“It is enigmatic, just like him,” Gordon said. “And it is a puzzle, just like he was.”


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Education; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: art; brooklyn; eyesore; junk; martyresnick; scrapmetal; tencommandments

1 posted on 04/16/2014 2:38:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
I must be low brow, because to me that sculpture is to art as rap is to music.
2 posted on 04/16/2014 2:44:43 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s “art”?


3 posted on 04/16/2014 2:48:09 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Mastador1

It looks like the things on the bottom are the top of Hebrew letters.


4 posted on 04/16/2014 2:49:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Gay State Conservative

And then you get an artist says he doesn’t want to paint at all
He takes an empty canvas and sticks it on the wall
The birds of a feather all the phonies and all of the fakes
While the dealers they get together
And they decide who gets the breaks
And who’s going to be, who’s going to be
In the gallery


5 posted on 04/16/2014 2:54:58 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: nickcarraway
Looks like Hebrew letters to me, too. Perhaps it's meant to resemble a fragment of scripture. Dead Sea Scrolls maybe. Torah?

It's not as awful as I was expecting.

6 posted on 04/16/2014 2:57:12 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam
Looks like Hebrew letters to me, too. Perhaps it's meant to resemble a fragment of scripture. Dead Sea Scrolls maybe. Torah?

According to the article above:

He left his sculpture, “The Ten Commandments,” behind and probably never saw it again.

7 posted on 04/16/2014 3:17:57 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: Mastador1

Art? Hell, that’s 20 minutes walking around in a scrap yard.


8 posted on 04/16/2014 3:18:47 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: nickcarraway

Surprisingly I think I get it and I have to say the work is perhaps ahead of it’s time or the artist was a visionary. The article said it was called “The Ten Commandments.” Think about it, that is exactly what is happening to morality in this country as well as the rest of the world. The Ten Commandments are no longer taught in schools and fewer kids go to to Sunday school, so the basis of the evolution of our societies in the west is rusting away and falling apart. Which to me is what this piece of “art” represents. Sad.


9 posted on 04/16/2014 3:30:33 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: nickcarraway

Heavy scrap metal.....$200 a ton.


10 posted on 04/16/2014 3:52:53 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: This I Wonder32460
Surprisingly I think I get it and I have to say the work is perhaps ahead of it’s time or the artist was a visionary. The article said it was called “The Ten Commandments.” Think about it, that is exactly what is happening to morality in this country as well as the rest of the world. The Ten Commandments are no longer taught in schools and fewer kids go to to Sunday school, so the basis of the evolution of our societies in the west is rusting away and falling apart. Which to me is what this piece of “art” represents. Sad.

Well said and I agree. It's no wonder they didn't know what it represented. Seems not very many people know right from wrong these days.

11 posted on 04/16/2014 4:02:50 PM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: nickcarraway

The poet Blake said a “thing of beauty is a joy forever.”


12 posted on 04/16/2014 4:03:00 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: nickcarraway

Lots of bad outdoor sculpture on college campuses along these lines. I wonder if this is the piece that started the trend.


13 posted on 04/16/2014 4:08:28 PM PDT by Yardstick
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Ten Commandments?! ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS?!!!!

Oh my science! This has to be removed immediately!

14 posted on 04/16/2014 4:19:00 PM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: nickcarraway

Does that say “Danforth” at the bottom?...


15 posted on 04/16/2014 4:52:35 PM PDT by Hatteras
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Eyesore.


16 posted on 04/16/2014 5:09:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: WorkingClassFilth; nickcarraway
The poet Blake said a “thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

That's what I thought, too, when I married my now ex-wife. Turned out not to be the case.

17 posted on 04/17/2014 1:25:09 AM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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