Herron Gallery Hosts its First Sculpture Invitational
The Herron Gallery hosts its first Sculpture Biennial Invitational Exhibition to showcase the work of 15 artists, each represented by a single work. Tour Herron's sculpture gardens to see the work of participating artists Katrin Asbury, David Bellamy, Barbara Cooper, Wim Delvoye, Casey Eskridge, James Wille Faust, Don Gummer, Greg Hull, Edward Mayer, Arny Nadler, Eric Nordgulen, Tom Otterness, John Ruppert, Tom Sachs and Judith Shea.
Katrin Asbury, “Young Saanen” 2005. Asbury's favorite work focuses on personal moral ambiguity, which is strongly related to the ambiguities of technological and social progress. She has worked a great deal with different forms of narrative, from the subtly implied to the explicit voice-over.
David Bellamy, “Woman with a Knot” 2005
Working in steel, Bellamy creates larger than life figurative abstractions. He is a local sculptor who received his B.F.A. from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis.
Barbara Cooper, “Split Sycamore” 2005
Utilizing glue and veneer scraps from furniture factories, Cooper constructs organic forms that seem frozen in the act of growing and expanding. Inspired by plants and animal architecture, her large sculptures echo and enlarge upon the life processes of creation and evolution. Cooper’s work can be seen in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Greg Hull, “Out of Round” 2005
Hull is a sculptor working with a variety of media including metal, wood, stone, glass, video, and light. He teaches undergraduate sculpture and three-dimensional design at Herron School of Art and Design. Hull has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and is a recent recipient of an Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship.
James Wille Faust, “Herron Arch” 2005
Faust is a graduate of the Herron School of Art and Design. The piece included in Herron’s Public Sculpture Invitational is the first full-scale realization of these efforts. “Herron Arch,” the colorful sculpture gracing the northeast corner of Herron’s property is the only permanent piece in the exhibition.
Casey Eskridge, “Torso Fragment” 2005
Eskridge is best known for a naturalistic approach to the figure, recognizing human imperfections and the character within the figure. In 2002, he received his M. F. A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He now works in Avondale, Pennsylvania as a professional sculptor.
Wim Delvoye, “Trophy” 1999
Born in Wervik, Belgium in 1965, Delvoye currently lives and works in Ghent, Belgium and Berlin. The artist has gained international recognition through his participation in major exhibitions including the Venice Biennale in 1990 and 1999, and Documenta IX in 1992. Recent projects include an exhibition for the Public Art Fund entitled “Wim Delvoye: Gothic,” on view in Central Park and at Madison Square Park (June 2003), and survey exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Contemporain,
Lyon, France (June - October 2003) and the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, in Prato, Italy, (October 2003 - early 2004.)
Edward Mayer, “Bloculus” 2005
Mayer is a sculptor whose primary focus for the past 25 years has been site-specific installations. His projects involve using simple, readily available materials to create complex constructions, which respond to and affect the environment in which they are presented. These projects assert the historical values of formalist thinking in sculpture, while at the same time, de-emphasizing the value of sculpture as a distinct and permanent object - since they exist only for the duration of the exhibit.
Arny Nadler, “Imminent” 2004
Nadler was born in 1969 in Chicago. He lives in St. Louis where he is an Assistant Professor at Washington University's School of Art. He says of his work, “While the content of my work continues to evolve, there are common threads found throughout. Engagement with materials is intimate. Whether I am bending and twisting tubular steel or cutting thousands of flat stock pieces to fabricate a skin, my intention is to make objects that command their environment and engage the viewer viscerally.” Nadler’s art is on display on the south side of Eskenazi Hall.
Eric Nordgulen, “Anatomy Vessels (Saplings)” 2003-05
Nordgulen is a sculptor and educator who sees his work as a means to explore one’s relationship to his or her surroundings. “I use my work to generate physical questions that allow one to rethink their position based on what they see and what they know.” Nordgulen has exhibited extensively throughout the US and is a recent recipient of an Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Herron and recently assumed the position of chairman of the department of fine arts.
Tom Otterness, “Fallen Dreamer” 1995
Considered one of the premier public artists working in the United States, Tom Otterness has exhibited widely and completed commissions in the U.S. and abroad. His stylized bronze figures combine into sculptural ensembles that explore the range of human experience, from grand ambition to common foibles, plucking imagery and themes from popular culture and subtly transforming them into humorous commentary. Tom Otterness in Indianapolis represents the largest public art exhibition ever to be hosted in the city. “Fallen Dreamer” graces the northeast corner of Eskenazi Hall.
John Ruppert, “Orb” 2005
Ruppert’s work is influenced by the materials he is drawn to and also by the manipulation of these materials. Ruppert's work has been shown at the Laumeier International Sculpture Park and Museum, St Louis, MO; Fields Sculpture Park-Art Omi International Arts Center, Omi, NY; John Davis Gallery, NYC; C. Grimaldis Gallery and the Evergreen House, Baltimore; the Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA; SECA, Winston Salem, NC; and Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA.
Tom Sachs, “Hello Kitty” 2001
Visual artist Tom Sachs has often courted controversy in the art world. Earlier in his career, Sachs contributed a diorama to a holiday window display at Barney’s Department Store. It was a nativity scene that cast “Hello Kitty” as the Baby Jesus and Bart Simpson in triplicate as the Magi. Sachs' aim is to build each of his operative sculptures from scratch, using codes he has invented. By making reverse use of popular brands or characters, Sachs attempts to send ironic — some have suggested searing and bitter — messages toward modern consumer society.
Judith Shea, “Job” 2005
Shea’s early “clothing” work was in the Whitney Bienniel in 1981. Two years later she began casting them into iron and bronze directly from cloth, allowing the work to change from intimate to monumental. Shea’s work is in the collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery, Wash., and others. She has won The Rome Prize Fellowship, the Saint-Gaudens Fellowship, and two NEA fellowships for Sculpture, among other awards.