Sculptor Rona Pondick: Fragmentation, Contradictions and Psychological Layering

The Opening Reception at Sonnabend Gallery in New York city on March 23, 2013 was extremely well attended with a touch of electricity in the air!  The New York sculptor Rona Pondick continues to challenge our logical sensibilities and surprise us delightfully and disturbingly, as usual.  Pondick’s latest work, White Beaver, Wallaby to name a couple, like Pondick’s earlier work, mesmerize and baffle us and yet we feel drawn in and compelled to wrestle with comprehension. 

Elements of the ancient have always been present in her work, yet her sculptures are of this time, this age.  Pondick’s ability to manipulate materials, stainless steel one of them, sets her apart in her genre.  Her sculptures created wth the illusion of skinlike textured human limbs and blended with mirror shiny steel surface animal bodies, tree trunks and branches have made her “hybrids” her signature.  Pondick explained in a recent interview with me that all the creatures “are her”, they are all “parts of her”. 

Pondick herself is warm, gracious and gentle.  Physically slight with large bright eyes and an inviting smile you find yourself caught off guard by the sense of an undercurrent of a very strong persona, a little elusive and very much in control.  Like her work, she draws you in, you know there is so much more there but she is not giving you all the answers……like life, there are just some things you need to discover for yourself……in time.

Wallaby AW image

Pondick Wallaby 02

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

Pondick White Beaver 02

Artist Rona Pondick – White Beaver – 2009 – 2011 Painted Bronze Edition of 13″ x 31 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

white beaver AW image

My interview with the sculptor Rona Pondick at Sonnabend Gallery in New York City one hour before the Opening Reception of her current exhibition on March 23, 2013.  Rona discusses her process with me as well as her relationship to the creatures “hybrids” she creates.  A personal and engaging encounter with the artist.

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Pondick Ginko 02

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

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Artist Rona Pondick – Head in Tree – Stainless Steel Edition of 3 plus 1 AP – 105″ x 42″ x 37″ – 2006 – 2008

My interview below was with Barbara MacAdams the Deputy Editor of Art News just before the Opening Reception of Rona Pondick’s exhibition on March 23, 2013 at Sonnabend Gallery.  Barbara has known Pondick for several years and shares her insights about the artist and her work.

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Pondick sm head and finger AW image

Pondick Prairie Dog 01

Artist Rona Pondick – 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

My interview with Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of Noguchi Museum discussing the anatomical elements of Rona Pondick’s sculptures and what sets her work apart from other sculptors in the contemporary art world right now.

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Additional work on exhibition at Sonnabend Gallery until May 4, 2013 below.

Pondick Dwarfed White Jack 01

Artist Rona Pondick – Dwarfed White Jack 2010 – 2012 Painted Bronze Edition of 3 – 18 1/2″ x 35″ x 23 1/2″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Pondick Dwarfed White Jack 02

Pondick Navel

Artist Rona Pondick – Navel – 2008 – 2010 Painted Bronze Edition of 3 – 7 3/16″ x 11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Pondick Pillow Head 01

Artist Rona Pondick – Pillow Head – 2009 Painted Bronze Edition of 3 – 10 1/4″ x 14 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Exhibition through May 4, 2013 at Sonnabend Gallery – 536 West 22nd Street, New York, New York 10011 USA

www.sonnabendgallery.com / the artist www.ronapondick.com

In closing I want to personally thank Rona Pondick, Barbara MacAdams and Dakin Hart for their most informative and enjoyable interviews with me.  It was truly a pleasure.

Sincerely,

Ava Wright – Commentator and Blogger – Contemporary Art Globally Speaking

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2 thoughts on “Sculptor Rona Pondick: Fragmentation, Contradictions and Psychological Layering

  1. Could you pls send me the quotes of the pieces: “dwarfed white jacks”and “prairie dog”, if they are fir sale…

    Greetings

    Monica

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