Sculptor and video artist Jay Lagemann lives on Martha's Vineyard. He created the monumental sculpture "Swordfish Harpooner" located in Menemsha. Being a grandfather many of his sculptures are based on family themes. He shows at the Ganary Gallery, in West Tisbury, the Featherstone Arts Center and the Field Gallery. Jay's View is Shown on MVTV at 8pm on Wednesdays.
My name is Silvia Perea. I
am an architect, Ph. D,
and the curatorial
research associate of The
Baker Museum, in Naples,
Florida. We have a piece
by you in our collection
and I'd like to complete
information. Could you
please tell me your
country of origin and date
It is always nice be in another museum's collection.
Can you send me a picture of the piece and some
information about how it ended up in your collection?
It has been a busy year form me installing two large
bronze sculptures in public spaces on Manhattan and on
Here is a link to a nice article in the Martha's Vineyard
Times about the VIA57 Swinging Jenny:
Here are links about installing the
Swordfish Harpooner in Menemsha on Martha's Vineyard:
That's wonderful. Olga was one of my earliest supporters.
If I am thinking of the right piece, that "Lying Lady", as I call
it was the first piece I ever sold out of a gallery. I got to
know Olga and we had coffee at her house in Vineyard Haven. She
showed me her collection. It was very eclectic and lots of fun
for me. It was simply what she liked when she saw it. No
recognizable names, at least to me, just what she enjoyed having
in her house.
In 2013 I made a large version of the Lying Lady for Zack
Schiller, a movie producer.
Here are 3 of them at his Beverly Hills residence.
The next year I showed it at the Academy Art Museum in
Yours is made from casting black magnetite sand that occasionally
washed up on the south beaches of Martha's Vineyard mixed with
I was born in New York City on June 14, 1944.
PS Do you have a picture of Olga's piece? I would love to have
it for my records.
Oval is 63" long by 50" and is 6" wide
Total length (tip of head to tip of tail) 91 1/2"
Total width (tip of front flipper to tip of other front flipper) 93"
For casting we would just want to cast of the top side of the Peace Turtle and the rounded edges which would be about 3/4" wide. The parts in the picture below the red lines (marked with blue stripes) will NOT be in the final casting. Thus the final casting will have U shaped cross section (with the U being upside down). Thus only a one piece mold would have to be made.