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Cheryl McGinnis Projects presents:
﷯ Wendy Letven juxtaposes contrasting visual languages and typologies of form in her sculptural works, installations and paintings. Working fluidly across an array of mediums, she explores the physicality of her materials as a means of communicating the poetry at the boundary between reality and illusion. Letven states: “In my mixed media practice I work with an ever-expanding vocabulary of contrasting visual languages I have culled from both man-made and organic structures. Much of what I do has it’s root in observation, but is synthesized to a point of abstraction at which it becomes a more open-ended sign or symbol. My process begins with sketches and drawings, as I study the intrinsic similarities in patterns of growth and the invisible forces that define the universe. Layering shape, upon shape and juxtaposition colors I am after a kind of energy, rhythm and vibration contained in complex combinations. Spatially, I employ figure/ground reversals to delight and confound the eye, but also to unify the work. Most of all I am interested in the communicative aspect of the visual language I am developing. I want to offer people a very open-ended decoding experience when engaging with my work.”
Wendy holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Hunter College. She has been an artist in residence at Dieu Donne in New York, Gallery Aferro in Newark and The McDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Wendy has created public art installations and outdoor sculpture for programs including Activate Market Street in Newark, as an invited artists for I Love Playtime at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC, for Summit Public Art in Downtown Summit, and recently for Morris Arts in an exhibit of New Jersey Women Artists, “Approaching Vibrancy”, curated by Mary Birmingham of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Her work is currently included in a collaborative installation inside a dollhouse for the exhibit “Home is Where the Heart is” at The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the Newschool in New York.
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