View studio visit #1 with Elisa Lendvay https://vimeo.com/33352340
View studio visit #2 with Elisa Lendvay https://vimeo.com/194305148
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.
On the steel rod framework, forms are arranged and suspended as if orbiting around each other and the base hemisphere. Orbiting forms include a ball of old wax with glitter, a wedge of rubber, and concave, curved and carved plaster parts with pigments. The celestial palate, movement and gestures of the hand reference forces of nature.
A bent grid of found rusted and folded wire reshaped to support an arrangement of found and modeled bits, monochromatically categorized by the color orange and the textures of material. The overall form capturing these collections like a net, is a curve like a wave but also has references to the human head.
2013 Moon of the Moon, project space, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven. CT
2012 Elisa Lendvay: Small Sculptures, Jason McCoy Gallery, NYChh
2009 Force of Things, V&A, NYC
2007 Fabled Agents, Moti Hasson Gallery, NYC
2003 Accretions, Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX
2002 To Flow, Ice House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX
2014 About a Mountain, curated by Holly Jarrett, Asya Geisberg Gallery, NYC
Domesticity, Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC
Your Spirit Don’t Leave Knowing, Bantom Switch Factory, Bantom, CT
Alone Together, Elisa Lendvay and Adrian Ting, Orgy Park, Buskwick, NY
The Last Brucennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, NYC
Genesis Forward Battery, HKJB, Ridgewood, NY
2013 In Denial, Black Bile, Curated by Nicole O’Rourke, HD Projects, NYC
Parlor Antics, Brooklyn, NY
The Order of Things, curated by Jamillah James, NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY
2012 External Original, Clifford Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Montclair University Art & Design Faculty Exhibition, George Segal Gallery,
Montclair University, NJ
This is How my Brain Works, Radiator Gallery, LIC, NY
Paper Band, Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC
Cheat Chains and Telephone, Kansas, NYC
Ab/Ob/Ob, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
Waivers, curated by EJ Hauser and Rob Nadeau, Brooklyn, NY
Wide Field, Ridgewood, Queens, NY
2011 Have You Seen This Guy’s Work?, Softspot/University of Massachusetts
Amherst Museum of Art
Taking Shape, Standpipe Gallery, NYC
Temporary Antumbra Zone, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery,
Black Sunday, curated by Saira McLaren, Art Book Club, St. Cecilia Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Iced, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY
small.black.show. Small Black Door, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Painting Comes Alive! Curated by Erik den Breejen, Artjail, NYC
Uncrumpling This Much Crumpled Thing, The Exhibition Agency, Chicago, IL
Born to Die, Curated by Jay Henderson, Secondhome Projects/Temp IX, Berlin
World’s Greatest, Daily Operation, NYC
Half-Invisible, POI, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
Yard Art, The Dirty Dirty, Brooklyn, NYC
No Plans for Today, Fun Times Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Folksmusic, Daily Operation, NYC
Friends in High Places, Christopher Henry Gallery, NYC
Verge Art Fair, ANTIDOTE Gallery, curated by Christopher Schade, NYC
2009 Crotalus Atrox (or fat over lean), Curated by Liam Everett,
Mike Rollins Fine Arts, NYC
I Wanna Be Somewhere, Curated by Jon Lutz, Daily Operation, NYC
Time Bandits II, POI, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Tensegrity, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
122@122, PS122 Gallery, NYC
Time Bandits I, POI, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Secret Clubhouse, Flux Factory, LIC, NY
2006 You Are Not Here, V&A, NYC
New American Talent, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
VA4398UV, Curated by Virginia Overton, Powerhouse Lawn, Memphis, TN
2005 Holiday Pageant, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
Breaking and Entering, Four Artists, Tyler Estate, NYC
Paper Tigers--Exquisite Corpse, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
Bard MFA Thesis Exhibition, UBS, Redhook, NY
The Bushwick Sketchbook Biennial, presented by Tanabe Tanaka,
2004 Win Back Respect, OK Harris Gallery, NYC
2003 Sunny Side Up, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX
2002 Sleeve, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
Home Sweet Home, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX
2001 Feisty, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
W, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Art 2001, Selected by Nancy Whitenack, Rockwall Alliance
for the Arts, Rockwall, TX
2000 Drippings, Casa de Cameron, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
1999 Art in the Metroplex, Templeton Art Center, Fort Worth, TX
1998 Form+Image, Works By Four New Artists, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
a Posteriori, charlieuniformtango, Dallas, TX
Heavy, The Wong Spot, San Antonio, TX
Expo ’98, Selected by Ted Pilsbury, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
1997 Mostra D’Arte, Santa Chiara, Castiligion Fiorintino, Italy
1995 Women’s Work, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
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.
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
Paddy Johnson. There’s no Place like Kansas. The L Magazine. February 1, 2012
Painter’s Bread, Visual Sustenance, Elisa Lendvay: Painting, Sculpture, and No Boundaries.
November 12, 2011
Gorky’s Granddaughter, November 2011
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. (http://wagmag.org/reviews.php)
James Wagner. Elisa Lendvay at Moti Hasson. JamesWagner.com. April 13, 2007.
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