Artists: Altmejd, Pondick and Johnson

Three extraordinary contemporary artists: David Altmejd, Rona Pondick and Howard B. Johnson Jr. create work that is unexpected and leaves us with a long after lingering feeling of “must see more”.

David Altmejd

David Altmejd, a New York City artist originally from Canada, is currently exhibiting his work at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.  He creates on a grand scale giving us a feeling of Alice in Wonderland.  His recent installations are clean, fresh and precision inspired towers of excellence.

David Altmejd Inthebellyofthebeast Jan 26 2012

 In the Belly of the Beast

 

 

 

 

 

David Altmejd installations from 2011 shown below.

David Altmejd untitled 2011 installation

 

David Altmejd Untitled 2011 work

 

Some of Altmejd’s earlier work from 2001 through 2009 below.

 

 

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David Altmejd E

 

 

 

David Altmejd B

 

 

 

David Altmejd A

A strong , raw sexual installation from David Altmejd’s early years in his career.

 

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Artist David Altmejd

 

 

David Altmejd I

 

 

 

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This installation by David Altmejd is eloquent, complicated and begs the viewer for interpretation.

 

 

 

 

Rona Pondick

 

Rona Pondick , a New York City artist, has exhibited internationally as well as at the Brooklyn Art Museum in New York and the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts in 2009.  Some of her sculptural works portray human heads on bodies of animals and human limbs as part of animal bodies.  Hair is also examined in Pondick’s sculptural works and all of her work is deeply rooted in ancient and present day societal and cultural symbolism. 

Pondick’s work transfixes the viewer, even shocks us at times, yet we find strong intellectual stimulation through emotive, internal buttons going off within ourselves like flashes and glimpses that force our imaginations to stretch as we reach to grasp.

 

Little Bathers

Little Bathers – 1990 – 1991 – Wax, Plastic and Rubber Teeth – Unique – 500 Elements, Approximately 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ x 4″

 

Pondick Soles

Soles – 1988 – 1989 – Wax, Stainless Steel Wool, Plastic and Shoes – Unique – 25″ x 31″ x 29″

 

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Milkman – Wax, Plastic, Canvas Pillow, Baby Bottles and Shoes – 1989 – Unique – 18 1/2″ x 34″ x 22 1/2″

 

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Marmot – Silicone Rubber – 1998 – 1999 – Edition of 6 + 1 AP + 1 Exhibition Copy 6″ x 29 1/4″ x 21″

 

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Worry Beads – 1999 – 2001 – Bronze – Edition of 6 + 1 AP 1 1/2″ x 2″ x 24″

 

 

 

 

Onto sculptural works that will be displayed at Rona Pondick’s upcoming Opening Reception of her exhibition at

Sonnabend Gallery 

536 West 22nd Street, New York, New York USA

Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

www.sonnabendgallery.com

Pondick Ginko 02

 Ginko – 2007 – 2012 – Stainless Steel – Edition of 3 – 57 3/4″ x 33 3/4″ x 41″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

Pondick Prairie Dog 01

 Prairie Dog – 2011 – 2013 – Stainless Steel – edition of 3 – 4 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

Pondick White Beaver 01

White Beaver – 2009 – 20011 – Painted Bronze – Edition of 3 – 13″ x 31 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

Pondick Wallaby 01

 Wallaby, 2007 – 2012 – Stainless Steel – Edition of 3 – 24″ x 44 3/8″ x 10 7/8″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

Pondick Dwarfed Yellow Pine 02

 Dwarfed Yellow Pine – 2010 – 2012 – Painted Bronze – Unique – 26″ x 35″ x 24 1/8″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

 Ava Wright of Contemporary Art Globally Speaking will interview Rona Pondick at the Opening Reception at Sonnabend Gallery on March 23, 2013.  Contemporary Art Globally Speaking will be covering the event.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

Howard B. Johnson Jr.

 

Johnson, a complex artist creates art that at first glance baffles some viewers and intimidates others.  His work requires very long contemplation and the viewer finds himself/herself going back to his work repeatedly to re-examine elements of Johnson’s work that defy simplistic analysis.

 

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Bubba My Way, Bubba Your Way – 2004

 

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Im’a Mooin’, Cooin’ an’ All Eyes O’vr You – 2005

 

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She was Shown a Fish, But Became a Tree – 2005

 

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Alien Gothic – 20010

 

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Parallelism – 2011

 

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Red Lips Sink Ships – 2012

 

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Stencil – 2013

 

 

 

 

 A provocative and insightful interview that sheds a great deal of light on the fascinating life of the artist Howard B. Johnson Jr. and his precarious life during the turbulent 1960’s!

www.8thring.com 

June 2013 Howard B. Johnson Jr. will be the highlighted artist of a group exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA.  I will be interviewing Johnson at the Opening Reception on location.  I hope to see you there!

Ava Wright – Contemporary Art Globally Speaking

 

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