Elisa Lendvay, ‘Conch Dark Echo’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Elisa Lendvay, ‘Conch Dark Echo’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Though I explore the form and content of my art in different ways, both are related to the same search and internal vision —a poetic and visceral probing of matter, materiality and movement, and a way of making physical what I know and don’t know. My process is multifaceted as I work in different series that include floor, wall, table top sculptures and assemblages, drawings, and shaped paintings of experimental materials. I often alter and combine found objects eroded by the elements as a way of recycling and responding to narratives of the city, nature, consumption, place and memory. The materials influence the forms and color so that the formation of each piece is not a struggle against the medium, but a digging down into the essence of a physical moment.

Linking these explorations together is a system of forms and personal iconography of symbols. I allow my process to lead to each new piece while a system of forms has evolved. Abstracted from observation are loops, arches, bands that curve, and forms that fan out and stack. Some forms parallel the body while others act as objects existing in space, architecture or landscape. They point to an implied narrative or archetypal space between. In drawings or modeled forms of clay, pigmented papier pulp or plaster and steel, they read as symbols, placements in space, signs, orientations, the body in space, movement, converging forms - sky and earth.

The pieces included in this selection all share ideas of network, structure and connection. They appear in lines, multiple parts that together make up solid shapes and those shapes are placements in space. Line is used as a way of fusing, connecting and suspending color, form and fragments by the use of of wire, steel rod or the painted mark. Fragmented forms and found objects are suspended with bits of color. Repetition in forms and lines is to reiterate a way of thinking about time, how things change and transform. Things are organized as similar yet different within these groupings. The following two examples of images exemplify some of these concepts and loosely describe some of the things happening.


Giampietro Gallery, Under the Apple Tree: Elisa Lendvay and Becky Yazdan. New Haven, CT
Giampietro Gallery, Power Boothe and Elisa Lendvay, New Haven, CT

Giampietro Gallery, Moon of the Moon, New Haven, CT

Jason McCoy Gallery, Elisa Lendvay: Small Sculptures, NYC

V&A, Force of Things, NYC

Moti Hasson Gallery, Fabled Agents, NYC

Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Accretions, Dallas, TX


Underdonk, The Giving Body, Brooklyn, NY

Matteawan Gallery, post-magic-symbiosis, Beacon, NY

Glenlily Grounds 2017, annual outdoor sculpture and installation exhibition in Newburgh, NY

583 Park Avenue, Sculpture Installation for NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit, NYC

Act 1, organized by Kristen Dodge & Dawn Breeze, Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY

Hygienic Gallery, Object and Influence, organized by Jason Silva, New London, CT

TSA, Drawing for Sculpture, curated by Courtney Puckett, Brooklyn, NY

Underdonk, Onion by the Ocean, Organized by Essye Klempner and Elisa Soliv-en, Brooklyn, NY

Sardine at Atlas, Silent Shout, Curated by Lacey Fekishazy, Newburgh, NY

Glenlily Grounds 2016, annual outdoor sculpture and installation exhibition in Newburgh, NY

Lorimoto, Till Death do Us Part, Ridgewood, NY
Perimeter Gallery, Bodies, curated by Ilse Murdock, Belfast, ME

George Segal Gallery, Faculty 2015 Department of Art and Design, curated by John Rasmussen, Director and Curator at the American University Museum, Montclair State University, NJ

Lesley Heller Workspace, Object’hood, curated by Inna Babaeva and Gelah Penn, NYC

Howard Payne University, I-10, National Exhibition of Contemporary Two-Dimensional Art, curated by Christopher Schade, Brownwood, TX

Glenlily Grounds 2015, annual outdoor sculpture and installation exhibition in Newburgh, NY

Asya Geisberg Gallery, About a Mountain, curated by Holly Jarrett, NYC

Jason McCoy Gallery, Domesticity, curated by Stephanie Buhmann and Samantha McCoy, NYC

Rare Gallery, Quiet Please, NYC

Underdonk Studio, Improvised Showboat #3, Brooklyn, NY

The Bruce High Quality Foundation, The Last Brucennial, NYC

HKJB, Genesis Forward Battery, Brooklyn, NY

Underdonk, Underdonk Selects, Brooklyn, NY

Bantom Switch Factory,Your Spirit Don’t Leave Knowing, Bantom, CT

Orgy Park, Alone Together, Elisa Lendvay and Adrian Ting, Bushwick, NY

Glenlily Grounds 2014, annual outdoor sculpture and installation exhibition in Newburgh, NY

Nurture Art, The Order of Things, curated by Jamillah James, Bushwick, NY

HD Projects, In Denial, Black Bile, Curated by Nicole O’Rourke, NYC

Brooklyn Parlor, Parlor Antics, Brooklyn, NY

Kansas Gallery, Cheat Chains and Telephone, NYC

Clifford Art Gallery, Colgate University, External Original, Hamilton, NY

George Segal Gallery, Montclair University, Montclair University Art & Design Faculty Exhibition, Montclair, NJ

Radiator Gallery, This is How my Brain Works, curated by Michael Lee, LIC, NY

Jason McCoy Gallery, Paper Band, curated by Stephanie Buhmann, NYC

EJ Hauser’s Studio, Waivers, curated by EJ Hauser and Rob Nadeau, Brooklyn, NY

Bushwick Open Studios, Ab/Ob/Ob, curated by Liz Ainsle, Brooklyn, NY

Sardine Gallery, Pieces on Earth, Brooklyn, NY

Joe Ballweg’s Studio, Wide Field, curated by Joe Ballweg and Andrea Bergart, Ridgewood, NY

The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Harderer. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer, Brucennial, NYC

Softspot/University of Massachusetts Amherst Museum of Art, Have You Seen This Guy’s Work? (online)

Standpipe Gallery, Taking Shape, NYC

Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Temporary Antumbra Zone, Brooklyn, NY

St. Cecilia Gallery, Black Sunday, Art Book Club, curated by Saira McLaren, Brooklyn, NY

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Iced, Staten Island, NY

Samson Projects, Chain Letter Exhibition, Boston, MA

Small Black Door, small.black.show., Brooklyn, NY

Christopher Henry Gallery, Friends in High Places, NYC

Artjail, Painting Comes Alive! Curated by Erik den Breejen, NYC

The Exhibition Agency, Uncrumpling This Much Crumpled Thing, Chicago, IL

Secondhome Projects/Temp IX, Born to Die, Curated by Jay Henderson, Berlin, Germany

Daily Operation, World’s Greatest, NYC

Bushwick Open Spaces, Half-Invisible, POI, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

The Dirty Dirty, Yard Art, Brooklyn, NYC

Verge Art Fair, ANTIDOTE Gallery, NY, New York

Fun Times Gallery, No Plans for Today, curated by Vicki Sher, Brooklyn, NY

Daily Operation, Folksmusic, Brooklyn, NY

Mike Rollins Fine Arts, Crotalus Atrox (or fat over lean), Curated by Liam Everett, NYC

Daily Operation, I Wanna Be Somewhere, NYC

Bushwick Open Spaces, Time Bandits II, POI, Brooklyn, NY

Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Tensegrity, Brooklyn, NY

PS122 Gallery, 122@122, NYC

Bushwick Open Spaces, Time Bandits and Portraits of Yoda, POI, Brooklyn, NY

Flux Factory, Secret Clubhouse, LIC, NY

V&A, You Are Not Here, NYC

Arthouse at the Jones Center, New American Talent, Austin, TX

Powerhouse (Lawn), VA4398UV, Curated by Virginia Overton, Memphis, TN

Galapagos Art Space, Holiday Pageant, Brooklyn, NY

Tyler Estate, Breaking and Entering, NYC

Conduit Gallery, Paper Tigers--Exquisite Corpse, Dallas, TX

UBS, Bard MFA Thesis Exhibition, Redhook, NY

Tanabe Tanaka, The Bushwick Sketchbook Biennial, Brooklyn, NY

OK Harris Gallery, Vote With Your Art, Win Back Respect, NYC

Arlington Museum of Art, Sunny Side Up, Arlington, TX

500X Gallery, Sleeve, Dallas, TX

Arlington Museum of Art, Home Sweet Home, Arlington, TX

500X Gallery, Feisty, Dallas, TX

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, W, Dallas, TX

Rockwall Alliance for the Arts, Art 2001, Selected by Nancy Whitenack, Rockwall, TX

Casa de Cameron, Drippings, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Templeton Art Center, Art in the Metroplex, Fort Worth, TX

500X Gallery, Form+Image, Works By Four New Artists, curated by Kate Budd, Dallas, TX

charlieuniformtango, a Posteriori, Dallas, TX

The Wong Spot, Heavy, San Antonio, TX

500X Gallery, Expo ’98, Selected by Ted Pilsbury, Dallas, TX

Santa Chiara, Mostra D’Arte, Castiligion Fiorintino, Italy

Bennington College, Women’s Work, Bennington, VT

Gorky’s Granddaughter, November 2016,

Tiana Wang. Between Lovely Lines. Yale News, November 4, 2016

Jason Andrew. Greenpoint Open Studios: 10 Must See Artists. Norte Maar
April 25, 2016

Paddy Johnson. Katherine Bradford and Drawing for Sculpture: Swimmers and Gender Politics. Art F City, January 22, 2016

Etty Yaniv. Till Death Do Us Part at Lorimoto, a Marriage of Art. ArtFuse. January 13, 2016

Two Coats of Paint. Revitalization by contamination: OBJECT'hood at Lesley Heller. August 2, 2015

Elisa Lendvay in “About a Mountain” at Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York Art Tours, August 2014

Speed Dating with Art: Fast times at Bushwick Beat Nite, March 5, 2014

New Works by Melissa Brown and Elisa Lendvay at Fred Giampietro Gallery. Artscope, New England’s Arts and Culture Magazine. November 21, 2013

Daniel Wiener. Elisa Lendvay Small Sculpture, Art Seen, The Brooklyn Rail, February 2013

The Order of Things, Curated by Jamillah James, Exhibition Catalog, NURTUREart, 2013

6 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before January 7th. Gallerist NY, The New York Observer. January 4, 2013

William Eckhardt Kohler. Elisa Lendvay: How the Eye Speaks. Huffington Post. October 25, 2012

Kevin Kinsella, Randomly Determined. Bomb Magazine. September 26, 2012 (http://bombmagazine.org/article/6842/randomly-determined)
Paddy Johnson. There’s no Place like Kansas. The L Magazine. February 1, 2012 (http://www.thelmagazine.com/newyork/theres-no-place-like-kansas/Content?oid=2207301)
Painter’s Bread, Visual Sustenance, Elisa Lendvay: Painting, Sculpture, and No Boundaries. November 12, 2011

Gorky’s Granddaughter, November 2011,

Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint, Making our post-neo-faux-expressionist-prefigurative-protoconceptual heads spin. September 24, 2010

Julia V. Hendrickson. Review Uncrumpling This Much Crumpled Thing/The Exhibition Agency. New City Art. August 30, 2010

Nora Griffin. Tensegrity. artcritical.com. August 2008.

James Kalm. Tensegrity. Wagmag. July 1, 2008.

James Wagner. Elisa Lendvay at Moti Hasson. JamesWagner.com. April 13, 2007. (http://jameswagner.com/mt_archives/006194.html)

Amanda Douberly. From Stuff. Austin Chronicle. July 14, 2006.

Jean Claire Van Ryzin. Diverse Show of ‘New American Talent’. Austin American-Statesman. June 29,2006. pg.16

Sunny Side Up, Exhibition Catalogue, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX 2003

Tom Sime. Flow Art. Dallas Morning News. October 16, 2002

Mike Daniel. ‘Feisty” At 500X. Dallas Morning News. September 21, 2001

Silo Publication, Bennington College, Bennington VT 1993, 1994

Student Portfolio, Art in Focus. NY: Glencoe, 1994, pg.335

About Elisa Lendvay

The work of Elisa Lendvay starts on the way to the studio, where she accumulates the objects that make up her sculptures. She transforms these found objects with paint or by combining them with materials like plaster, papier-mâché, and wire, creating microcosmic works that look as though they were washed up on a beach or bleached by the sun. Her work explores the relationship between painting and sculpture, and much of it walks the line between the two mediums, whether through the use of paint to emphasize line and form in the style of Jean Dubuffet, or in three-dimensional paintings with layers of built-up details that protrude from the wall. “I’m interested in rendering movement and a sort of energy in different ways of working and thinking with the hands,” Lendvay has said of her multifaceted practice.

American, b. 1975, Dallas, Texas