Ice Age Mammals: Science Talk and Artist Walk 02/06/17 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Ice Age Mammals: Science Talk and Artist Walk
VINS Nature Center
6565 Woodstock Road
Route 4, PO Box 1281
Quechee, VT 05059

Free and open to the public.

Go back in time with us to the end of the Pleistocene epoch, 13,000 years ago, when glaciers covered North America. Discover what changes were taking place in the environment and why some animals survived while others, like masto-dons and sabre toothed-lions did not.

Science Talk: Jeffrey Kerby, is a Visiting Arctic Fellow at Dartmouth College. His research touches on elements of community, landscape, and behavioral ecology, and has recently focused on gelada monkeys and large Arctic herbivores. He is interested in how life history traits mediate species interactions, particularly in highly seasonal and rapidly changing environments of the Arctic and alpine regions of Africa.

Artist Walk: The contributing artists, Bob Shannahan and Wendy Klemperer will take us along the lighted pathway through the meadow to examine the Ice Age Mammals up close. We’ll explore the types of adaptations they used to survive the snow and ice-covered world just 13,000 years ago and learn about their processes in researching and building the life-sized sculptures.

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Following the walk, warm up with some refreshments and cocoa!

For more information call 802.359.5000.

WENDY KLEMPERER | SALVAGE WHAT YOU CAN Opening Reception: 02/10/17 7-9 PM

Shadows

STUDIO10
WENDY KLEMPERER
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.

STUDIO10 is located at 56 Bogart Street (Morgan Avenue stop on the L train) in Bushwick.

Gallery hours: Thursday through Sunday 1-6 pm or by appointment.
Contact: (718) 852-4396, www.studio10bogart.com

 

Drawing Exhibition at EWR Art & Lounge 12/01/16 – 04/01/17

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Wendy Klemperer drawings on exhibit at Art & Lounge, Newark airport, Terminal B. If you’re flying from Newark and looking for a good way to kill some time, check it out. Art & Lounge at EWR (Newark) Main corridor just before security, … Continue reading

Shadow Migrations move to Summit NJ with the Summit Public Art Program

Four Outside Locations in Summit, Nj 
11/01/16 through 12/01/17

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Shadow Migration exhibits animal silhouettes cut from steel plates and installed throughout four locations in Summit, NJ. Klemperer investigates animal populations that were threatened in the 20th century, but are now rebounding and showing up in “our backyard.” Wild animals are finding their way into suburban and urban environments even as human populations sprawl into their natural habitats. While many species populations have been destroyed, some are adapting and thriving on the largesse of urban and suburban life. Hawks dive from high rise cornices to feast on the rich urban population of pigeons and rats; bears walk through New Jersey neighborhoods; and coyotes are turning up many boroughs of NYC.

Klemperer’s animal silhouettes are shadows, essences of their worldly form that appear fleeting and at times fleeing. Migration is inherent to both humans and animals, as natural and manmade changes force movement to more hospitable regions. The steel forms are punctuated with cutouts in the shape of countries from around the world. Each animal is a melting pot, bearing countries on its body that are also represented in the US population, a country that has been and continues to be built on immigrants. The nations represented are also a record of where that animal once thrived, or, at times, where they are most threatened. Shadow Migration invites contemplation of nature in an urban setting and of the circumstances of natural diversity in a modern world.

The silhouettes in this exhibition are based on three-dimensional sculptures made from salvaged steel that Klemperer exhibits, some of them permanent, throughout the United States.

The pieces now sited at four locations in Summit ( two quadrants at the Summit train station, Elm Park, and downtown) were originally exhibited at Court Square Park, Queens, NY, thanks to a generous grant from the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award and NYC Parks.

Countries you may find in the animals: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Croatia, Dominican Republic Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Phillippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, & Yemen

NYC Parks Announces Wendy Klemperer As 2015 Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award Recipient

Shadow Migrations: Canine Shadow, 2016, hand cut plasma cut steel, ink, 50 X 96 X 3/16" photo: Joyce Klemperer

Shadow Migrations: Canine Shadow

NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program is proud to announce Wendy Klemperer as the 2015 recipient of the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award. Her work Shadow Migration is a site specific installation of 10 steel animals including deer, fox, bear, wolf and others.  The exhibition is on view in Court Square Park, Queens from November 7, 2015 through November 2016.  The $10,000 award is granted annually in memory of Clare Weiss, Parks’ Curator of Public Art from 2005 to 2009.

Shadow Migrations: Grazing Deer, hand cut plasma cut steel, ink, photo: Steven Speliotis

Shadow Migrations: Grazing Deer

Shadow Migration exhibits animal silhouettes cut from steel plates and installed throughout the park. Klemperer investigates animal populations that were threatened in the 20th century, but are now rebounding and showing up in “our backyard.” Wild animals are finding their way into suburban and urban environments as human populations sprawl into their natural habitats. While many species populations have been destroyed, some are adapting and thriving on the largesse of urban life. Hawks dive from high rise cornices to feast on the rich urban population of pigeons and rats; bears walk through New Jersey neighborhoods; and just several blocks from Court Square Park, a coyote found its way to a rooftop in Long Island City.

Shadow Migrations: Leaping Shadow Deer

Shadow Migrations: Leaping Shadow Deer

Klemperer’s animal silhouettes are shadows, essences of their worldly form that appear fleeting and at times fleeing. Migration is inherent to both humans and animals, as natural and manmade changes force movement to more hospitable regions. The steel forms are punctuated with cutouts in the shape of countries from around the world. Each animal is a melting pot, bearing countries on its body that are also represented in Queens’ population—the most diverse community in the world. The nations represented are a record of where that animal once thrived. Shadow Migration invites contemplation of nature in an urban setting and of the circumstances of natural diversity in a modern world.

View more images in the Outdoor Installations Gallery.

Shadow Migrations

Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award

Wendy Klemperer: Shadow Migrations

Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award: Wendy Klemperer Shadow Migrations

Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award: Shadow Migrations
Wendy Klemperer, Canine Shadow, 2015, Photo by Joyce Klemperer

November 7, 2015–November 6, 2016

Court Square Park, Queens

Enter at Jackson Avenue between
Court Square West and Thompson Avenue

Opening Reception

November 7, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
RSVP to artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov

PDF of Shadow Migrations Postcard

 

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?

 

Fellowship Artist at Franconia Sculpture Park.

Predator/Prey Constellation

Predator/Prey Constellation, Photo: Maddie Butler

This summer I was very pleased to be invited as a  fellowship artist at Franconia Sculpture Park.

Animal Instincts: A Look at the Work of Wendy Klemperer

There is a new form framing the horizon here at Franconia. Where there used to be corn fields now stands Predator/Prey Constellation, Open Studio Fellowship Artist Wendy Klemperer’s most recent creation. Her largest work to date, the new sculpture is comprised of seven steel animal silhouettes (the artist cut them from steel plate by hand with a plasma cutter, and welded the giant frame) suspended by chains from a 25-foot, x-shaped support structure. On windy days the beasts sway and clink in the breeze, and when the sun is out they cast shadows across the ground. The images are derived from silhouettes of previous sculptures that come together here in a new iteration. The work, monumental and raw, is both in line with and unlike any of her past pieces. 

Constellation Carousel

Constellation Carousel

Bird of Prey, photo: Maddie Butler

Bird of Prey, photo: Maddie Butler

For more information, see the “Meet the Artists” section for Wendy Klemperer on the Franconia Sculpture Park website.

VINS Eagle at Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Thanks to a generous donor, my sculpture VINS Eagle was permanently installed at the entrance of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science 6565 Woodstock Road,,
Quechee, VT
http://www.vinsweb.org/

VINS:

VINS Eagle Installed

VINS Eagle Installed

Motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee State Park, features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails. VINS places a priority on making high-quality, compelling, and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities.

VINS Eagle, 2015, steel, 180 X 120 X 72"

VINS Eagle, 2015, steel, 180 X 120 X 72″

Eagle with Artist, Photo Rachel Elkind

Eagle with Artist, Photo Rachel Elkind

The Ram

The Ram, installed on the campus of Farmingdale State College. The piece was commissioned by the class of 2014 as their gift to the University. I worked on the sculpture through out the fall at my NH studio, then transported it to Long Island in early December. Maintenance workers had gathered boulders from across the campus to build a rocky outcropping according to my plans as a site for the sculpture, and together we completed the installation on a snowy December day.

Ram Sculpture

The Ram, SUNY Farmingdale, Farmingdale, NY

Permanent installation in front of the student union building

Ram in snow at SUNY Farmingdale

Ram in snow at SUNY Farmingdale

 

Installation in progress….

Ram Installation in Progress

Ram installation in progress

Me in the bucket, welding horns

Welding installation ram

Me in the bucket, welding during Ram installation

Loading up in NH…

Loading Ram sculpture onto trailer with tractor

Great neighbor Rob Germeroth and assistant Philippe Donald load up the Ram

Working at night in NH….

Welding at night on Ram sculpture in NH

Welding at night in NH studio

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat nor gloom of night…”

Ram in Progress in NH after snowfall…

Ram sculpture after snowfall in NH

Ram sculpture after snowfall in NH, close to completion.

Ready to get started…..

Rebar, sculpture materials

Raw materials, ready to get started

A good collection to get started with! In my travels in Maine I fortunately passed a construction site piled high with thick, large old rebar from a demolished bridge, and was able to collect a couple tons for the Ram commission.

Artist in Residence, Stanislaus National Forest

In 2014 I was pleased be selected for a residency at Stanislaus National Forest in Sonoma, CA. I spent two beautiful weeks there in November,  staying warm at night in a cozy cabin, exploring the rugged and varied landscape by day. I hiked, rode horseback, photographed, drew, and worked on small sculpture. My residency included giving a day long stick sculpture workshop, and I will be donating a small sculpture to the National Forest’s collection.

Stanislaus National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest

http://www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus/