Elisa Lendvay masterfully tinkers with paper maché, wood, wire, aluminum, gouache, chalk, found object, acrylic medium, copper, and clay, in her expressively charged sculptures. In her pieces the artist hopes to engage the viewer with a certain visual poetry that is viscerally contemplative and points to a physical psychological interconnectedness that has to do with the body and cosmic landscape as interior, in symbolic forms and orbiting structures.
The pieces have recurring shapes and forms that relate to structures in nature and the body and daily consumption in addition to cosmological space and mapping time, which is always in the backdrop. There are torso fan shapes, arched forms that convey head space or leaf like forms - palm fronds and spines, things that are growing upward or in contained spaces, surviving. Converging shapes and forms that convey a sort of internal space, that also have elements of external places.
Elisa Lendvay (born 1975) is an artist living and working in Poughkeepsie, NY since 2017 after 14 years in NYC. She received an MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, and a BFA from The University of Texas at Austin, and Bennington College. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in New York City at Sargent’s Daughters Gallery, Underdonk, Jason McCoy Gallery, V&A Gallery and Moti Hasson, and in New Haven, Connecticut, at Fred Giampietro Gallery. Her work was recently on view at Ratio 3 Gallery, San Francisco, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, the Albany International Airport, and the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas, Form+Concept, Santa Fe and The Hudson House, Hudson, NY, curated by JAG projects. She has been included in group shows in New York including Klaus Von Nichtaggend Gallery, Kansas Gallery, Asya Geisberg Gallery, Daily Operation, Lesley Heller Gallery, TSA and other venues across the country. Her work has been included in Art Forum (Critic’s picks), The NY Times Style Mag, Time Out NY, Two Coats of Paint, Maake Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She is the recipient of awards and residencies including Edward Albee Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency, New York Foundation of the Arts Artist Fellowship, Sculpture Finalist, The Dallas Museum of Art’s Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Award and the Dallas Museum of Art’s DeGolyer Award. She teaches at Marist College and was a visiting art faculty member at Bennington College in 2017.