Wendy Letven was born in Pennsylvania in the US. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and her MFA from Hunter College in New York. At Hunter she studied with conceptual artists Robert Morris and Joan Jonas and painters Robert Swain and Vinnie Longo. She has exhibited her work at The Bronx Museum in New York, The Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey, among other places. She has created installations for The Flatiron Prow Artspace and Art on Paper in New York. She has been an artist in residence at The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and at Gallery Aferro in Newark, New Jersey. Ms. Letven teaches Art and Design courses at Parsons School of Design in New York and at New York University.
Working fluidly across a broad variety of mediums in paintings, and sculptural forms, Wendy Letven explores the the illusory aspects of light and color and it’s potential for defining space. She is interested in the suggestive nature of forms as symbols that trigger our sensory experience of space through the abstract memory. She provides for the viewer an open-ended decoding experience when engaging with the work. Often, it calls into question the connection and dialogue between human-made design and the naturally occurring structures it mimics. Letven frames the poetry that exists in the liminal space between reality and illusion in paint and in site-specific installations.
“It is my feeling that there are simply degrees of stability in all things. Shadows come and go, and so does paper and other materials I use as an artist. 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
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