Description The term originates from the French gargouille, originally 'throat' or 'gullet'. Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from the root gar, 'to swallow', which represented the gurgling sound of water.A chimera, or a grotesque figure, is a sculpture that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental or artistic function. These are also usually called gargoyles in laymen's terminology, although the field of architecture usually preserves the distinction between gargoyles (functional waterspouts) and non-waterspout grotesques.
Jeffrey Drexler, Park Slope, Brooklyn Member Since May 2009 Artist Statement ACEDARTER
1951-2013 (actual date of death unknown)
Acedarter was considered one of the true Renaissance figures of Park Slope, in Brooklyn’s formative years. As a writer, artist, photographer, architect and accomplished lover, he embodied what is now imitated by those who hang onto coat tails. His images are clear, yet haunting with a definite narrative quality, although he has no idea of what he is saying. His colors have unique depth if you wear the 3D glasses .
Acedarter’s first photographs are as yet undiscovered, as he forgot to put film in the camera. Ace studied photography under Arnold Gassen and Architecture under John Hejduk. He is a featured photographer for the Toy Museum of NY and the website Enjoy Brooklyn. Ace’s Pig Heads photo was an Editor’s Pick for 2009 by the Smithsonian magazine. Mr. Darter shot the advertisement photos for “Waiting for a Hug” by Green Groupies in Earnshaw’s September 2010 issue. He is still waiting. He has had photos submitted and accepted by the NY Daily News for no good reason whatsoever.
As an Architect, he has three NEA grants to his credit for the College Bound Program, teaching public school students Art and Architecture. High school kids will believe anything.
The bulk of Ace’s portfolio represents an Oeuvre cut short by his untimely death. Some say Acedarter was executed Mafia style, in an abandoned parking lot by the editorial board of Lurch Magazine. Others, insist he was beaten to death by two drunken transexuals under the Boardwalk at Coney Island. The Estate of Acedarter maintains that neither of these stories are true and that the artist died of natural causes brought on by a broken heart.
Acedarter is a member of the Brooklyn Council for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Advanced Photography Network. He has websites in North America, South America and Europe.