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.

Installation at Henry’s Rooftop Bar, Roger Smith Hotel, Opening Wed. 6/11, 6-8pm

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

An installation by Wendy Klemperer 6/11-10/31, 2014

An installation by Wendy Klemperer
6/11-10/31, 2014

“Vapors and Squalls, or Mediums” at Centotto

I was extremely pleased to be including in this unique show curated by Paul D’Agostino featuring myself, Karen Marston, Kate Teale, and Jonathan Quinn, at Centotto, 260 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY

I exhibited three small bronze sculptures in this tempestuous yet tranquil show

I exhibited three small bronze sculptures in this tempestuous yet tranquil show

Bushwick Open Studios June 1-2, 2013

I’ll be participating in Bushwick Open Studios June 1st and 2nd, 12-7pm. I’ve invited artists Cindy Tower and Luisa Caldwell to exhibit work as well. Please come visit the studio indoors and outdoors, 12-7 Saturday and Sunday. The entrance is at 181 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

My Wildlife as an Animal opens Oct. 3rd

My Wildlife as an Animal, Oct. 2-13, curated by Ron Richter.

I’ll have several pieces in this group show

Opening Wednesday, Oct 3, 6-9 pm.

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Ctr, 107 Suffolk St, NY, NY

Exhibiting artists: Michael Ballou, Linda Griggs, Amy Hill, Julius Klein,Wendy Klemperer, Raken Leaves, Joe Heaps Nelson, Ron Richter, Lawrence Wells