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.

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


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

Osprey Landing

Osprey Landing (2012-2014, steel) was installed October 31, 2014 at the new Martin’s Point Bridge connecting Falmouth and Portland.

Osprey Landing

Osprey Landing installation in progress, I’m in the bucket with another welder from the construction company

More information on Osprey Landing can be found at the Martin’s Point Bridge Replacement Project website.

View article and photo of Osprey Landing in Portland Newspaper, The Forecaster.

At Maine Audubon 


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)