Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Intarsia Artefactos, a solo exhibition of work by Roddy Wildeman in what will be his debut solo exhibition at the gallery.
Wildeman sees beauty in distressed and damaged surfaces and works solely with materials fitting that description. This self-taught artist began his career as a carpenter but had mixed emotions as he watched building debris pile up to be discarded, completely devaluing the history imbedded within objects. He began salvaging remnants from construction sites, historic renovations and city streets to create elaborate wall sculptures that utilize anywhere from one-hundred to seven-hundred strips of wood. Similar to intarsia, a form of wood inlaying that dates back to the seventh century, Wildeman’s work has an intricate, mosaic-like quality, which draws attention to the exquisite nature of weather torn surfaces.
The two main focuses of Wildeman’s work are historic preservation and sustainability. He collects wood from a majority of buildings that are over one-hundred years old and have a legacy of sentimental value attached to them. He elaborates, “For generations, people have lived, loved and died in the presence of these materials.” Everything that enters his studio gets incorporated into a phase of his process and his studio functions at a 100% sustainable level. Committed to his social responsibility to reuse and recycle, Wildeman views his practice as an effort to preserve our environment.
Wildman has a profound connection to all the objects he works with and views them as a catalyst to tell stories of people and time. Like the old saying - if these walls could talk - he describes, "There is something about knowing these items have been cherished that inspires me. I feel an intimate connection working with these materials knowing they have passed through the hands of others… My pieces are created with my own hands but have century’s worth of history within them.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Roddy Wildeman was born in Long Branch, New Jersey and has been based in Ocean Grove for the past decade. He is the owner of Torche' Galerie in Belmar, New Jersey. Wildeman is also the director and officer of US+U (Urban Studio Unbound) a non-profit organization and gallery based in Yonkers, NY. His work has been featured in John Peto Museum, Monmouth Museum and the Noyas Museum, published in magazines, featured at TEDx events and has been featured on national news shows.