I will exhibit a suite of watercolors based on my recent travels in Costa Rica, Brittany, Hungary, and Italy.
SALVAGE WHAT YOU CAN
Feb 10th – March 5th, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 2017 7-9 PM
Studio10 is pleased to present Salvage What You Can, Wendy Klemperer’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Working in the alternating environments of the New England forest and a rough yard in Brooklyn, Klemperer makes sculptures using material collected from scrapyards and construction sites. Networks of steel lines create the forms of animals, and imbed the surrounding physical space. In the dark, under strong light, the sculptures come alive, no longer terrestrial objects, but luminous creatures casting evocatively ambiguous shapes. Working at night led Klemperer to an exploration of shadow and the silhouette, stepping away from the solid and into the liminal.
Here fragile paper, echoing the heavy steel original, hangs and swings unpredictably. Raked with light, the shadows multiply, forms mutate, and narratives continuously unfold in a liminal space. The silhouettes are delicate remnants, but loom large, suggestive of transformation, extinction, and the evolution of new forms.
Wendy Klemperer holds a B.A. in biochemistry from Harvard University and a B.F.A. in sculpture from Pratt Institute. She has exhibited work extensively, including Socrates Sculpture Park, Bridgewater-Lustberg Gallery, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Southern Vermont Arts Center and UNH Museum. Residencies include Skowhegan School, ME, MacDowell Colony, NH, Ucross Foundation, WY, Sculpture Space, NY, IKONS, Newfoundland, Denali National Park, AK, and SIAS University in China. She has many large-scale permanent installations on college campuses across the country. Permanent public installations include Portland International Jetport, ME, Lay Sculpture Park, MO, and Newport News Public Art, VA. Klemperer lives in Brooklyn, NY and Nelson, NH.
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Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award
Wendy Klemperer: Shadow Migrations
November 7, 2015–November 6, 2016
Court Square Park, Queens
Enter at Jackson Avenue between
Court Square West and Thompson Avenue
November 7, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
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Shadow Migration probes the phenomenon of animal populations threatened in the 20th century, which in recent years made startling comebacks to the wilderness, to ever expanding suburbs, and further still into the urban world. Bears are in the garbage, deer in the garden, hawks dive from the cornices of high rises to feast on the rich urban population of pigeons and rats. Like the latter “pests”, synanthopic wild animals adapt and thrive on the largesse of urban life.
How far will these creatures infiltrate? What is the response from urbanites accustomed to wildlife mainly through zoos or Facebook animal dynamics to this “intrusion”? The sculptures portray a range of species, many of which are now showing up in “our backyards”. Cut from steel plate, these silhouettes (of large gestural sculptures I have made over the years) are shadows, essences of the original. They appear fleeting, and sometimes fleeing, as many migrants are, both animal and human.
Negative spaces delineate the animals’ form, at times taking the shape of countries. Contours of many nations meld with the abstract shapes forming the sculptures. The park environment shows through this network structure, filling in the silhouettes. Each animal is a melting pot in itself, a species bearing on its body the maps of many countries. All of these nations are represented in the population of Queens- the most diverse community in the world. The countries mapped on each animal are ones where that animal once thrived and are often now endangered.
Creatures adapt as environmental shifts demand. Migration is inherent to animals and to humans, as changes- natural and manmade- force movement to more hospitable climes. Evolution is always in flux.
This installation invites contemplation on the nature of Nature in an urban setting, and under what circumstances diversity prevails.
Who does belong? Who can “We” accept?
Tiger and Sambar, 2014, steel sculpture silhouettes
Henry’s Rooftop Bar at Roger Smith Hotel
Opening Wednesday, 6/11/2014, 6-8pm
Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10017
Exhibition continues through 10/31/2014
The piece will be on extended exhibition in front of First Federal of Bucks County, 275 West Bridge St, New Hope, PA.
Organized by New Hope Arts, and Harry and Wendy Gordon
Restraint and Release: A larger than life Caribou flanks the front entrance to the Paul Creative Arts Center. Three Chain Hounds mounted on the outer walls guard the entrance through the Mills courtyard. Curated by Kristina Durocher, the exhibition runs through September 2015