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

cut paper and projected light installation, dimensions variable

Salvage What You Can, 2017

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.
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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

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?


20th Anniversary Show at Pierogi Gallery, N.9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Sept. 5- Oct 5, 2014

A show celebrating Pierogi Gallery’s 20th year as one of the first (and still the best!)gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Brainchild of Joe Amrhein, the hardest working gallerist/artist in town. The show includes work by over 200 artists who have been associated with the gallery over the years.

Second Family, group show on the LES, curated by Julie Torres, 9/24-9/28, 2014

Please join this extended family of artists and friends for some collectively conceived, collaboratively organized fun.

‘SECOND FAMILY’ is an expansion of, and cousin to, our recent ‘Family Style’ artist-run exhibition, fostering community and camaraderie.

We hope to see you for this gathering of new friends, past loves, and a family reunion of sorts.

It’s a Family Love Affair, the sequel!
On view for ONE WEEK ONLY…..

2 Rivington Street (btwn Bowery/Chrystie)
LES, NYC 10002
Opening Reception: Wednesday September 24, 6-9pm
On view Thursday – Sunday, 12-6pm, through September 28
Closing Party: Sunday September 28, 3-6pm


Liz Ainslie, Julie Alexander, Meg Atkinson, Polina Barskaya, Emily Berger, Kristen Biles, Caetlynn Juniper Booth, Rachel Cañas, Melissa Capasso, Susan Carr, Jake Cartwright, Maanik Singh Chauhan, Lauren Collings, Jonathan Cowan, William Crump, Diane Dwyer, Terry Ekasala, Georgia Elrod, Sessa Englund, Ryan Michael Ford, MaDora Frey, Barbara Friedman, Justine Frischmann, Daniel John Gadd, Kyle Gallup, Enrico Gomez, Rachael Gorchov, Julie S. Graham, Alexis Granwell, Fred Gutzeit, Elizabeth Gourlay, Levi Haske, Jay Henderson, Robert Hickman, Pete Hust, Will Hutnick, John Kesling, Wendy Klemperer, William Eckhardt Kohler, Barbara Laube, William Lawler, Geddes Levenson, JJ Manford, Eric Mavko, Leeza Meksin, Joan Mellon, David T Miller, Katherine Mojzsis, Christopher Moss, Seth Mulvey, Helen O’Leary, Fran O’Neill, David Pollack, Jamie Powell, Allie Rex, Elizabeth Riley, Russell Roberts, Christopher Rose, Anne Russinof, Cecilia Salama, Julia Schwartz, Vicki Sher, Polly Shindler, Karen Schiff, Greg Singer, Marian Brunn Smith, Elisa Soliven, Melissa Staiger, Maxwell Stevens, Christina Tenaglia, Polixeni Theodorou, Austin Thomas, Claudia Tienan, Patrick Todd, Jill Vasileff, Kati Vilim, Zak Vreeland, Albert Weaver, Suhee Wooh and Becky Yazdan.

Curated by Julie Torres

Brooklyn Gravity Racers, Pierogi/The Boiler

I participated in the fast, furious,festive and HISTORIC
BROOKLYN GRAVITY RACERS at The Boiler, 191 N.14th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Unfortunately, I got so caught up in fabricating the KLEMPERESS (plasma cut and welded steel horses and charioteer) I forgot to ensure it could move. So it was a static contender, and did not make it to the track.
Congratulations to all the speedy competitors! And to Pete Kreider for winning the fast race!

Brooklyn Gravity Racers Twentieth Anniversary Event at The Boiler Dedicated to Gary Bachman Racers on view: 13 – 20 Sept (Noon – 6pm, Thur – Saturday)

Gestures of that Other Life


Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center’s Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
“Gestures of That Other Life” is a solo exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Wendy Klemperer, curated by Kate Mullen.

Using salvaged steel to create her work, Klemperer displays both an innate and intellectual understanding of wildlife’s expressive gestures and their physical anatomy. The exhibit’s title is an excerpt from Providence-based poet David O’Connell’s poem, “Banished, They Return to Us”. O’Connell wrote this poem in direct response to the sculptures exhibited in this year’s show. O’Connell is the 2013 recipient of the Philbrick Poetry Award from the Providence Athenaeum.

Opening July 21, 1-3pm

Wendy Klemperer will give a walking tour of her work and David O’Connell will have a poetry reading and discuss his collaboration on the project. Catamount:Gestures

This event is part of the South Coast Artist Open Studio Tour which will be taking place in Tiverton, Little Compton, Dartmouth & Westport.

Gestures of that Other Life: The Sculptures of Wendy Klemperer
July 11, 2013- Sept 1, 2013
Free & open to the public during daylight hours.

Thanks to Isa Images for all photos of the exhibit!