Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cement Sculpture Abstracts

In 1963, senior Architecture Students at Cornell University were given an assignment by their professor to develop massive cement sculptures.  Jack Squires was well liked and a visionary.  The students financed the sculptures that ended up in what is now the Arboretum of the Cornell Plantations. For many years, they were abandoned in a unkempt field, but later became recognized during the expansion of the Plantation.

I enjoy photographing the original sculptures, which I then use to construct my Cement Sculpture Abstracts. These abstracts have been printed on both fine art paper and canvas.  This past summer, I was thrilled to be a participant in the Agora Gallery Fine Arts Competition in Chelsea.  They wrote a very fine description of my pieces that were shown in the gallery in August.


Resting at the junction of the organic and the impossible, Nancy V. Ridenour's photomontages exhibit an overall sense of tranquility and compositional foresight. She emphasizes the beauty and diversity in architectural subjects. Ridenour's works, in their complexity and arrangement, evoke the work of Jacobo Borges, the neo-figurative Latin American painter. Through the juxtaposition of light and texture devoid of physical context, Ridenour urges viewers to reorient themselves, to grasp the possibility in the work, and ultimately attain serenity and a deep sense of pleasure in her subjects. In addition to her architectural themes, Nancy also frequently favors floral motifs and subjects.


Here are the selected pieces at Agora during the opening night.

These constructs are bold and fit into any space:  home, office, museum.  Here are some other examples to enjoy.  Try to imagine them in  your space, welcoming guests to enjoy them.





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