Albert Paley’s “Soliloquy”
at The Memorial Art Gallery
and North Goodman Street
It was a gorgeous morning and I was just driving by today when they were installing the latest Albert Paley sculpture titled “Soliloquy”. Now a soliloquy is often a dramatic speech where a character talks to himself ( or herself ) without necessarily acknowledging an audience. If you listen to Albert Paley speak about this sculpture ( there was a short interview on the radio) this gets confusing – because you know that public art is there to address those who come to the museum by car or foot, and it would seem that they are the intended audience. This “Soliloquy” occupies its own little circle just by the new driveway to the Memorial Art Gallery on North Goodman Street. Albert Paley has colors – many of them in this work, and they include a bright banana yellow, green leaf green and sky blue, and this work has an electricity that is very jazzy and upbeat.
This is just the icing on the cake, for Albert Paley has been on view in a big way this summer in New York City with Paley on Park Avenue, and there is a rumor that there will also be a new sculpture installed at R.I.T. in the future. I think you will enjoy the new art that has come to rest in the sculpture park, here in our community.