photo credit: Sabine Dworak–de Vries


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.

In her work, Wendy Letven Letven investigates the ephemeral nature of color, shadow and light, framing the poetry that exists in the tension between reality and illusion. In her sculptural works in paper and aluminum, she uses planar materials as patterns, graphic shapes and linear gestures, that extend into space, blurring the line between two and three dimensional work. She juxtaposes a growing vocabulary of visual languages, offering the viewer an open-ended decoding experience when engaging with the work. She calls into question the connection between human-made structures and the naturally occurring forms they mimic.

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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