In her work, Wendy Letven juxtaposes contrasting visual languages and typologies of form. She is concerned with semiotics and the possibilities of conveying abstract thought through signs, symbols and esthetics. Working fluidly across a broad variety of mediums in paintings, and sculptural forms, she explores the physicality of her materials and the materiality of implied forms. She is interested in providing for the viewer an open-ended decoding experience when engaging with the work as it calls into question the connection and dialogue between human-made design and the naturally occurring structures they mimic. Letven investigates the ephemeral nature of color, shadow and light, always framing the poetry that exists in the tension between reality and illusion.
“It is my feeling that there are simply degrees of stability in all things. Shadows come and go, and so does paper and other things which we consider to be more permanent. All is ephemeral, a state which can be made visible in powerful ways, depending on the lens through which the artist chooses to frame it” –Wendy Letven
From a Spring 2018 BROOKLYN RAIL REVIEW...
"... it's Letven who comes closest to charting a viable new path for abstraction. Light and heavy, flat and full all at once, her work uses color not just to imitate space but to play with the very idea of it, to marvelous effect.
But it was her laser-precise paper cut-outs which left me thinking hardest. By consciously juxtaposing patterns drawn from technology and nature against each other in a highly stylized manner, all while employing high-tech implements, Letven seems to be interrogating humanity’s relationship to the world from which it sprang, discovering forms which blur the distinction we tend to make between ourselves and our ecology. " –John Micheal Colon
This fall, Wendy’s work can be seen in a number of places in the New York area. She has created a site-specific installation “Drawing the Invisible” at the landmark Flatiron building in New York for the Flatiron Prow Artspace program, which is curated by Cheryl McGuinness projects. She has a one-person show at Brassworks, an ArtSpace in Montclair, New Jersey. And she is exhibiting an outdoor sculpture for Summit Public Art in downtown Summit, New Jersey. Wendy’s work is part of an installation inside a dollhouse retrieved from Hurricane Sandy in the exhibit “Home is Where the Heart is”. The exhibit can be seen at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School, located at 2 West 13th Street in Manhattan.
Wendy holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Hunter College. She is an art professor at The New School, NYU and Montclair State University. She has been an artist in residence at The McDowell Colony in New Hampshire, at Dieu Donne in New York, and at Gallery Aferro in Newark . Wendy has created public art installations and outdoor sculpture for programs including Activate Market Street in Newark, I Love Playtime, Studio Montclair, and recently for Morris Arts in an exhibit of NJ Women Artists, “Approaching Vibrancy”, curated by Mary Birmingham of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Wendy has exhibited her work widely in the New York area at Site Brooklyn, Gallery MC, Equity Gallery, The Bronx Museum, The Montclair Art Museum, Aljira Gallery, Mayson Gallery, and other entities.
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