Wendy Klemperer | Biography


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Media Description: Sculpture

Wendy Klemperer was born in 1958 in Boston, MA. Raised in Cambridge and Watertown, she was most able to explore her passion for animals and nature during summers spent at her grandmother's country house in New Hampshire.The daughter of two chemists, she grew up with dual interests of art and the biological sciences, and received a bachelor degree in biochemistry from Harvard University before deciding to pursue art full time. She moved to NYC in 1980, and studied at Pratt Institute. The vitality of Klemperer's work stems from her physical involvement in the making of the pieces, a kind of action sculpture process, combined with a deeply ingrained, intuitively felt understanding of the form and movement of animals. In the early 1990's she started welding, and soon was concentrating on larger, outdoor sculpture. Scrap yards and construction sites provide raw material for her linear, gestural sculpture. She finds most of the forms already bent into the piles of rebar; her process is largely to select and cut, tack-welding the pre-existing curves into sculptural form. Wendy Klemperer lives in Brooklyn, NY and Nelson, NH. She has
exhibited her work throughout the United States.

Artist's Statement:
For years I have concentrated on large outdoor sculpture in a wide variety of locations: sculpture parks and gardens, city streets, on the banks of (and even in) rivers, placing natural imagery in many different settings. A lifelong study of animals informs my sculptural process; this naturalism is not the sole objective of my work, but a means to convey an expressive moment. The materials I use retain a raw, rough-edged quality, presenting the image with tactile directness. To make the sculptures I search scrap yards and construction sites for steel that has been discarded and ravaged by life in the yard. Bent and twisted, such pieces contain energy and a potential new life. The sculptures are ultimately not just about animals, but use the body language of animals to express a feeling or state of being. The driving force of the work is the dynamic line running throughout, conveying raw energy within a sinuous form to evoke a visceral response in the viewer.



EDUCATION:
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME, '84
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
B.F.A. Sculpture
1983 Harvard-Radcliffe College, Cambridge,MA
B.A. Biochem

PERMANENT PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS:
Portland Intl Jetport, Portland, ME
Sias International University, Xinzheng, Henan Province, China
California State University at Bakersfield, CA
City of Westminster, CO (in progress)
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL (longterm loan)
Key Plaza, Bangor, ME
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
LL Bean Company, Freeport, ME
Somersby Landing Sculpture Park, Newburyport, MA
Suffield Academy, Springfield, MA
Henry Lay Sculpture Park, Louisiana,MO
Pratt Institute Sculpture Park,Brooklyn, NY (longterm loan)
Newmark Real Estate, 560 Broadway, NY, NY
Andalusia Foundation, Bensalom, PA

COMMISSIONS:
Sias International University, Xinzheng, Henan Province, China
City of Westminster, CO
Portland International Jetport, City of Portland Public Art Collection, gift of William Hamill
Key Plaza, Bangor, ME
L. L. Bean Company, Freeport, ME
California State University at Bakersfield
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
Andalusians , Andalusia Foundation, Bensalom, PA 2002 Glade of Deer,
Bradford & Mary Gooch, Springfield, MA 2001 Circle of Wolves, Henry Lay
Sculpture Park, Louisiana,MO 2001
Muybridge Mural, Deb & Norman Sylvain, Marlborough, NH 1996

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2012 Waxing Wild, curated by Deborah Brown, Storefront Bushwick (project space), Brooklyn, NY
2011 Sculpture by Wendy Klemperer, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, curated by June LaCombe/SCULPTURE
2010 Re-Imagined: Sculpture by Wendy Klemperer , Maine Audubon, Falmouth
2009 Re-Imagined: Sculpture by Wendy Klemperer , Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME,curated by June LaCombe/SCULPTURE
2008 Shadow Migration, 38 Cameron Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Two Artists, Union College Gallery, Schenectady, NY
2007 Leopard, 38 Cameron Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2000 Suspended Animation, Gallery of South Orange, NJ
1999 Urban Pastures , Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, 560 Bway, NYC
1998 Anima Mundi, Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, NYC
1997 Featured Artist, Nelson Art Gallery, Nelson, NH

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2012
My Wildlife as an Animal, curated by Ron Richter, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York, NY
Sculpture Garden, curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller, Onderdonk House, Brooklyn, NY
Steel and Stone, June LaCombe/SCULPTURE, Pownal, ME
On the Wing, June LaCombe/SCULPTURE, Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME

2011
Between Earth and Sky, June LaCombe/SCULPTURE, Pownal, ME
Outdoor Sculpture, Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
Sacred Land (Featured Artist), Sculpturefest, Woodstock, VT
Sites for Sculpture, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, curated by Pam Brown
New Year/New Work/New Faces, Storefront Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn Curated by Jason Andrew and Deborah Brown

2010
Outdoor Sculpture, Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT, Curated by Jocelyn Grayson

2009
The Sculpture Show,Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, Boylston,MA
Animal Attractions,The Fells, Sunapee, NH
Crest Hardware Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
Sculpture Invitational, Millbrook Gallery, Concord, NH
Return, June LaCombe/SCULPTURE, Pownal, ME

2008
Sculpture for New Orleans, curators Lundberg and Manjarris,LA
Water and Gravity, June LaCombe/SCULPTURE, Pownal, ME
Outdoor Sculpture: Creating Harmony with Nature, Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth, ME
Structures, Redmond-Bennet Gallery, Dublin, NH
Nature and Balance 2, Arsenal Ctr for the Arts, Watertown, MA
Medley, Visions West Gallery, Livingston, MT
Crest Hardware 10th Anniversary, Brooklyn, NY
Metal-Morphosis ll, Ernest Rubinstein Gallery, NY, NY
Gallery in the Garden, curated by Eileen Tognini, Hawk Mountain, PA

2007
Where Nature and Culture Meet, Maine Audubon Society and Coastal
Maine Botanic Garden, June LaCombe/SCULPTURE
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, curated by Janet Riker, Stockbridge, MA
Nature and Balance, Arsenal Ctr. for the Arts, Watertown, MA
Go Figure, curated by Eric Johnson,The Fells, Sunapee, NH
Sculpture Invitational, Millbrook Gallery, Concord, NH
Visions West Gallery, Livingston, MT
DUMBO Outdoor Sculpture, Jan Larsen Art, Brooklyn, NY

2006
River Elk, New Hope Arts Outdoor Sculpture, New Hope, PA
Catattack, Sculpture Visions Public Sculpture, Chapel Hill, NC
Cervidae, ArtinPlace Public Sculpture, Charlottesville, VA
Coming to Our Senses, June Lacombe/SCULPTURE, Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, Boothbay Harbor, ME and Hawk Ridge Farm, Pownal, ME
Sparring Stallions, Crosby Coughlin Fine Art, North Salem, NY
6th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Polk Museum, Lakeland, FL

2005
Faculty/Student Exhibit, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, Educational Alliance Art School, 197 E. Broadway, NY, NY
Selections, Jan Larsen Art, 63 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY
Outdoor Sculpture, Port Warwick Sculpture, Newport News, VA
Sculpture Installation, Hotcakes Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Sculpture in the Public Arena, Sculpture Now, Great Barrington, MA
Touchstones, JuneLaCombe/SCULPTURE,Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Harbor, ME and Hawk Ridge Farm, Pownal, ME
Sculpture Invitational, Hargate Gallery, St Paul's School and the Millbrook Gallery, Concord, NH

2004
Sculpture In and By the River, Sculpture Now, Housatonic River, MA
Artscape Public Art, Pittsfield, MA

2003
Sculpture in the Park lll, Rockland Ctr for The Arts, Nyack, NY
Faculty Exhibit, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, Ed. Alliance, NYC
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Curated by Janice Kean Dorgan, Chesterwood Museum, Stockbridge, MA
17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture, Appalachian State Univ.,Boone, NC
Third Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Sculpture Courtyard,Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL

2002
Six Sculptors, Long Island University campus, Brooklyn, NY curated by Kathleen Gilrain
Earthworks, North Carolina Zoological Park, Ashboro, NC

2001
Sculpture Installation, Artscape Public Art, Pittsfield, MA
The Sculpture Path, Forest Hills Educational Trust, Boston, MA
Sculpture Installation, Pratt Institute Sculpture Park,Brooklyn, NY
Celebration, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY, 2001
Sculpture in the Garden 2001, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
Contemporary Sculpture At Chesterwood 2001, Stockbridge, MA
The Madison Mile: Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture, Madison, CT
Harbor Walk: Sculpture on the Boardwalk, West Haven , CT

2000
Chain-hounds: an Installation, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
The Dog and Pony Show, curated by Leslie Heller, The Workspace, 96 Spring St, NYC
Sculpture Installation, Convergence Festival, Providence, RI
Bridgeport Sculpture Festival, organized by Peter Lundberg, Bridgeport, CT
Checked, organized by Cindy Tower, Museum of Modern Art (action on coat check room), NYC

1999
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, curated by Janice Conner, Chesterwood Museum,Stockbridge, MA
Examining the Equine, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
The Horse Show, Sylvia White Gallery, 560 Broadway,NYC
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH
Sculpture Installation, City of Poughkeepsie Sculpture Park, Poughkeepsie, NY

1998
Signs, Forms, Systems: Site-Specific Outdoor Sculpture, North 9th St and Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Escape Velocity, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture, Greene Gallery, Guilford, CT

1997
Crest Hardware and Soho Hardware, curated by Gene Pool, NY

1996
Brookworld: Installations by 25 Brooklyn Artists in a Soho Tenement Building, curated by Cindy Tower, 24 Thompson St, NYC
Nine Sculptors Outdoors, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
Cousins, Cape Gallery, Falmouth, MA (two-person)

1995
Sculpture Survey Show, curated by Mariella Bisson, One Main St Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY
Exposure and Vulnerability, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park Brooklyn, NH
Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Gallery, 39 Mercer St, NYC
All Media Summer Exhibition, Contemporary Artist's Ctr, North Adams, MA

1994
11211: Williamsburg Artists, Jadite Gallery, 413 W.50th st, NYC
Art-Terre: A Site-Specific Art Exhibit, Buckingham, Canada

1993
Four-Walls Fundraiser, David Zwirner Gallery, 97 Green St, NYC
NY/93/50, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NYC
Outdoor Sculpture , OIA sponsored exhibition, Ward's Island, NY
Wild Kingdom, Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, NYC

1992
Reclaiming Land: an Exhibition of Site-Sculptures, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY
The Neurotic Art Show, Artist's Space, NYC
New Dimensions, Bridgewater/ Lustberg Gallery, NYC.

1991
In the 3rd Dimension, Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, NYC
Habitat and Plein Air, AMMO, 135 Plymouth St, Bklyn, NY
Alumni Show, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1989
Three Artists, The Gallery, 30 Bond St, NYC

1987
Bridge Space Exhibition, 40 Old Fulton St, Bklyn, NY

1986
Indoors/Outdoors: a sculpture invitational, curated by David Hacker Charas Cultural Ctr, 9th St at Ave B, NYC
Room to Swing a Cat: a multimedia exhibit, 40 Hoyt St, Bklyn, NY

VIDEO COLLABORATIONS:
My Pretty Pony and Summertime,with Chris Schiavo and Kara Cressman, screened at Four Walls,Brooklyn, NY ,The Kitchen,NYC and Artist's Space, NYC

GRANTS,FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS:
Residency Fellowship, SIAS University, Zhengzhou, China, 2008, 2010
Residency, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY, 2007
Sculpture Prize,Warwick Sculpture Fest, Newport News, VA, 2005
Award, Rosen Sculpture , Appalachian State U,Boone,NC, 2003
Lotos Grant, Pratt Institute Outdoor Sculpture, Brooklyn, NY 2001
Merit Award,Chesterwood Museum and Sculpture garden, 1999
Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, 1998
Funded Residency, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, 1995
Residency, IKONS, Newfoundland, Canada, 1992
Residency, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, 1986
Residency, Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, 1986
Scholarship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME, 1984

LECTURES,PANELS, TEACHING:
Visiting Artist, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, 4/22/2011
Visiting Artist, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 11/18/2010
Shop Club Talk, Harvard University Faculty Club, Cambridge, MA, 2009
Artist Master, Catalyst Program, Dreyfus Foundation, 2008
Welding Instructor, 3rd Ward,Brooklyn, NY, 2006-present
Instructor, Carving Studio & Sculpture Ctr, Rutland, VT, 2004
Welding Instructor, Educational Alliance Art School, NYC, ongoing
Workshop Artist, Morris-Jumel Mansion, NY, 1998
Workshop Artist, Brooklyn Arts Council, NY, 93-4
Panel Discussion,Outdoor Sculpture, Madison, CT 2003
Visiting Artist, Franklin Pierce College, Ringe, NH 2002
Artists' Talk, Forest Hills Cemetary, Boston, MA, 2002
Artists' Talk, Gallery of South Orange, NJ, 2000
Cast Iron Workshop, Convergence Festival, Providence, RI, 1999
The Job Show Panel, Organized by Four Walls, Ronald Feldman Gallery,NYC, 1996
Pilgrims:Wayfarers, Visionaries, Eccentrics, organized by Cindy Tower, at Four Walls, Brooklyn, NY1995
Outdoor Sculpture Lecture, at BOCES Community College, Utica, NY1995
Curator's Choice, Artists Talk on Art, NYC 1993

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Showcase, Maine Home and Design, Rebecca Falzano,1/2011
Animal Dreams, Portland Press Herald, Arts Cover, Bob Keyes, 6/3/10
Hardware Art, New York Times, Justin Porter, 7/12/08
Recycling as Art, Prattfolio, Adrienne Gyongy, 6/08
Sculpture as Poetry, Yankee Magazine, Edgar Allen Beam, 7/08
Sculpture in New Hope, Philadelphia Enquirer, Victoria Donohoe, 6/8/08
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A Celebration of Art, The Keene Sentinel, Victoria McGrane, 9/2/03
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Arts and Entertainment, Falmouth Enterprise, W.H.Adelman, 8/27/96
Visual Heartland, Ottowa Express, Kirk Finken, 8/24/94
Art -Terre, Ottowa News,Sherry Chayat 8/19/94
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Nature as Subject and Substance, The New York Times, Andy Grundberg, 4/20/9