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Video on John Udvardy April 21, 2011

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Watch this video shot by Paul Falcone of WCAC-TV on the exhibition “John Udvardy: A Sculptor’s Vision” which is currently on view at the gallery. In this interview I discuss John’s creative process and the experience of putting together the exhibition.

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Boston Phoenix March 29, 2011

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An image of John Udvardy’s sculpture “Bonampak” is featured on the arts listing page of the Boston Phoenix this week!

Installing “John Udvardy: A Sculptor’s Vision” March 28, 2011

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John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

We had a very busy day in the gallery this past weekend installing the sculpture exhibition “John Udvardy: A Sculptor’s Vision”. John arrived with his crew around 2:00pm, and we had indispensable help from Wellesley students Whitney Sheng, Alina Zalucki, Emma Smith, and Anne Tuan during the installation.

This installation was by far the most complex and ambitious undertaking that we’ve done since I started as gallery director three years ago: the exhibition features sixteen sculptures, each with their own pedestal.  All of the sculptures were wrapped and packaged in a specific way to be sure that everything arrived safely into the gallery, requiring special handling and care. Please join us for this extraordinary exhibition at the opening reception next Thursday, April 7 from 4:00-7:00pm!

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

Upcoming Exhibitions November 29, 2010

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We’ve got a number of great exhibitions coming up soon in the gallery. My ARTS 314 Advanced Drawing class will be featured in “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” opening on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 4:45pm. Students in the exhibition will include Jacob West, Serena Eastman, Ali Crank, Sophie Wang, Yoojin Chung, and Eliza Tibbits.

Deconstruct/Reconstruct poster

Our first professional exhibition “Trigger and Reconfigure” will be on view in January and February. The exhibition features artists Abbie Read, Laura Evans, Jessica Straus, and Antoinette Winters. The show is curated by Jessica Straus and Antoinette Winters.

Trigger and Reconfigure

Applied Arts: Robot Sculptures November 15, 2010

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Robot Sculpture Workshop

This past Saturday we had an Applied Arts workshop on Robot Sculptures, taught by artist Ann Smith. Ann specializes in robot-like sculptures which are assembled from pieces of old electronics. Her work has been exhibited in galleries all over the US and she has had her work published in several publications as well.

Robot Sculpture by Ann Smith
(above) one of Ann’s robot sculpture pieces.

Ann brought an amazing range and quantity of old electronics, many of which were sorted in bins by shape and color.  There was one bin full of all different kinds of wires, one that was full of circular shapes, etc. Ann showed some of her pieces, and then let everyone rummage and go through all of the bins to collect parts for their sculptures. Part of the fun of this process was hunting for the specific parts and pieces that would come together to create the sculptures, or by being inspired by seeing a material that would be visually engaging.

Robot Sculpture Workshop

Assembling the sculptures had a lot to do with problem solving. All of the individual parts somehow have to stay together, and it took all of us lots of troubleshooting to figure out how all of the parts could fit together. We used a range of different adhesives and techniques to put things together: duct tape, double stick tape, a glue gun, copper wire, etc.  It was wonderful to see all of the various solutions people came up with.

Robot Sculpture Workshop

Below are several of the finished sculptures, it’s amazing to see what people were able to accomplish in just three hours! You can view all of the images from the workshop on our Flickr page.

Robot Sculpture

Robot Sculpture

Robot Sculpture

Call for proposals: Art at the Wellesley College Botanical Gardens and Greenhouse July 23, 2010

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The Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College invites artist proposals for outdoor sculpture to be temporarily installed at the Wellesley College Botanical Gardens and Greenhouse.  Proposals must be created as a specific response to the space and environment of the Botanical Gardens and Greenhouse.  Works using materials harvested from the botanical gardens will also be considered.  A visit to the botanical gardens and greenhouse prior to submitting a proposal is strongly suggested.  Admission is free, and the gardens and greenhouse are open daily throughout the year, 8:00am-4:00pm.  The gallery will cover publicity and a small stipend for an artist talk; all other exhibition costs will be the responsibility of the artist. Projects which require major construction will not be considered.

panoramic image of the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses by Alex Hart

The Alexandra Botanic Garden has specimen trees and shrubs from around the world in a picturesque landscape. A tiny brook winds through the garden from a waterfall to Paramecium Pond. The Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses feature plant life from the deserts of Mexico and Africa to the rainforests of Malaysia and Brazil. Seasonal displays combine with permanent collections to present an ever-changing immersion in the wonderful world of plants.

TO SUBMIT: Email the following by Dec. 31, 2010 to Gallery Director Clara Lieu at clieu@wellesley.edu. No phone calls please.

1)link to your website with images of your work
2)proposal, maximum 1 page written description*
3)artist statement*
4)curriculum vitae*
*Please attach all text documents as a PDF or MS Word document.

panoramic image of the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses by Alex Hart

Tamara Al-Mashouk on installing “Senior Thesis Exhibition” May 11, 2010

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Today’s blog post is by Tamara Al-Mashouk, class of 2010 who completed work on her thesis in this year’s Senior Thesis Exhibition. Below you can read her thoughts on working in the gallery this past week.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

The installation of my work began with setting up the standing bookcase. I decided where I wanted to place it, then laid out the eleven frames and four wall shelves. I had had an idea for how I wanted my side of the gallery to be arranged, but chose not to finalize my plans. I wanted the set up to come together as fluidly as the work itself; organically with very little sketching and planning.

Senior Thesis: Installation in Progress

After working out the structure of the show, I started bringing in the tiny objects I had created. I placed them sporadically, moving from the bookcase to the shelves, and onto the frames. I aimed to create a perfect chaos. When all the objects were finally in the gallery I sought to rearrange them to create interactions and an ethereal atmosphere. -Tamara Al-Mashouk

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Senior Thesis Exhibition: Installation Complete May 10, 2010

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The Senior Thesis Exhibition, featuring seniors Tamara Al-Mashouk and Ji Young Lim completed installation into the gallery at the end of last week.  To view all images from the exhibition, visit the Jewett Art Gallery’s Flickr Page.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Join us as we close the 2009-2010 gallery season with an opening reception on Tuesday, May 11, 4:45-6pm. The opening also includes the 350 senior photography exhibition “It’s Personal” featuring EB Bartels & Eleri Roberts, and “In the Rough”, sculptures by students in Professor Carlos Dorrien’s ARTS 317 course.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

(above) detail of Ji Young Lim’s installation.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

(above)detail of Tamara Al-Mashouk’s installation

Thesis Exhibition: Tamara Al-Mashouk April 23, 2010

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We will be concluding the 2010-2011 Jewett Art Gallery season with this year’s 2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition, featuring seniors Tamara Al-Mashouk and Ji Lim. Below is a preview of Tamara’s work and her artist statement.

Tamara Al-Mashouk, Class of 2010

Imaginary worlds exist within our minds. Music, painting, film making, writing, are all means of pulling them into the sensual world, in order for us to escape our reality and to experience. I consider daily how to bridge the gaps between these imaginary worlds and day-to-day life.

Throughout the year I explored the architectural elements that would de-root us from reality and allow us to escape. I aimed to create a setting that actualized another world in which we are the visitors. The result, is a cabinet of curiosity; an accumulation of objects belonging to an alternate reality.

Tamara Al-Mashouk, Class of 2010

By closely interacting with these objects as single pieces, or as parts of a whole, a window is opened to the intricacies of another world. The objects are all very fragile, almost untouchable. In this world, objects manifest themselves. There is no creator. They are formed by living elements, naturally coming together.

Tamara Al-Mashouk, Class of 2010

When making the objects, I did not work from a sketch, or plan. I simply worked with materials, my minds eye guiding the process. Allowing the objects to manifest themselves within our world.

I began to notice certain repeated tendencies, such as the shape of a pentagon. The structure became a building block for some of the objects. I did not measure and cut pieces of material, rather placed them where they felt comfortable. This process created a series of beautifully distorted intricate objects belonging to a world of fantasy. -Tamara Al-Mashouk

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Studio Visit: John Udvardy April 16, 2010

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As Gallery Director, I’m constantly looking around for potential artists, themes, and ideas that can be assembled and brought together to form future exhibitions and events at the gallery.  I look specifically for artists who I think would be a good fit for the intellect, diversity, and range of ideas in the Wellesley College community, especially in terms of crossing fields and disciplines.   One of the most exciting and stimulating parts of this process is doing studio visits with artists.  Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to visit John Udvardy’s studio in Warren, RI.  Udvardy taught Three-dimensional Design in the Division of Foundation Studies at RISD for 34 years, and retired from teaching in 2008.  Since then, he’s been working steadily on his sculptures in a space that used to be an auto repair shop that he’s converted into his studio space.

John Udvardy's Studio

Put simply, Udvardy’s studio represented a lifetime of collecting objects:  Udvardy explained that he’s on a constant search to find and collect objects for his “palette”. What astounded me was the incredible range and quantity of objects in his studio, and his choices and selections.   Many of the objects were clearly recognizable:  a gourd, a spoon, the leg of an old table, a piece of scrap wood, part of a fence, a branch, etc. What especially intrigued me were the objects that were not instantly recognizable, that ask you to question what their original purpose was and what kind of history they visually demonstrated.  At several points during the visit, I would pick out an object and ask Udvardy what it was, to which he would reply that he had no idea. As diverse as all of the objects were, it was clear that they all demonstrated a passion for surface, texture, and form which was beautiful, subtle, and bold. I was amazed at what Udvary saw in each object, that in a piece of old broken rusted metal that most of us would toss into the trash, Udvardy saw a form ripe for placement in one of his sculptures.

John Udvardy's Studio

Seeing Udvardy’s tools was a wonderful way to get insight into his work process, which is driven almost entirely by the use of manual tools.  Looking at his collection of tools, it seemed that every possible tool or adhesive that one could possibly harness was available to him. The enormous range of materials and objects that he works with requires him to be very innovative and creative in terms of the putting the sculptures together.  In his tools and sculpture, it was clear the profound understanding and sensitivity to materials and tools Udvardy commands in creating his work.

John Udvardy's Studio

One room was entirely dedicated to cast iron objects that Udvardy has collected over the years.  The cast iron works are done separately from the other objects because they have to be welded together.  Udvardy has welding equipment that he uses outdoors to create cast iron sculptures.

John Udvardy's Studio

Cast iron objects, waiting to be assembled into a sculpture.

John Udvardy's Studio

To view more images from my studio visit with Udvardy, visit the Jewett Art Gallery’s Flickr page. For more information about John Udvardy and his work, visit his website at www.johnudvardy.com