Sculptor Wendy W. Gordon of Lambertville is featured in this early Spring exhibit, #Concatenations, at Sidetracks Art Gallery from March 18 through April 30, 2017. Co-owners Ricky Godinez and Paul Murphy are honored to host an Artist Reception on Saturday evening, March 18, from 5 to 8 PM.
Concatenation is an old word – Middle English from Latin for chains coupled together – made new again in such diverse fields as string theory, computer programming, and data processing and analysis. Wendy Gordon brings this dusty word to lusty life in her one-woman show of her opaque and fluid art.
Gordon’s sculptures consist of repeated organic forms, each element subtly unique, yet joined together to make new and cohesive wholes. As she states, her art studies the underlying structures of objects in nature, exploring both the similarities and differences among them. She is passionate about botanical and microscopic structures tending toward simplicity and symmetry – prime building blocks toward more complicated forms of life. Her artistic exploration is inspired by our precarious relationship with the world that enfolds us.
Her artwork flows from nature observed and the structures it utilizes to survive and flourish. Survival is life’s most basic instinct, and I am interested in exploring how it is achieved. I am also immersed in women’s creative work from the past – quilting, knitting, needlepoint and weaving (which spring from much the same sources).
Wendy’s works both large and small are made luminous through resin, cast rubber and paper, and are strengthened by wood, bronze and steel in varied supporting roles. A separate category of her work on exhibit is even more delicate, formed from silver-soldered brass wire. Her latest 2016 creations on view are more literal concatenations, formed from hand-made chain mail, in both galvanized steel and aluminum.
Over the last decade Gordon’s artwork has been featured in group shows from Projects Gallery in Miami to Gerald Peter’s Gallery in Manhattan, from the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Michigan to the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, and locally to Trenton (both the Ellarslie and New Jersey State Museums, as well as to New Hope Arts in New Hope (Jurors Choice award in 2013) and its neighbor, Sidetracks Art.
Her Sculptor’s credits were earned at Syracuse University with special study at its Florence campus. They were honed over almost a decade at the Johnson Atelier Institute of Sculpture in Mercerville. And they were richly applied as co-owner of her family sculpture installation business with husband and fellow-sculptor, Harry H. Gordon. Her own studio espies both home and business on a rocky outcrop of Lambertville. Sidetracks Art welcomes her home.