Urban Transformation, 2016
Twisted and welded structural steel, sand-cast bronze
May 3, 2016 – August 1, 2016
A graceful metal sculpture created from altered/ transformed materials, “Urban Transformation,” poses found, industrial steel against a craggy, textured, bark-like bronze elements. The twisted and bent structural steel, inscribed with the scars of its material history, wraps around the sand-cast bronze. The bronze is cast from former military scrap and shaped through the physical processes of the pour, transforming found metal from a former violent function into unpredictable sensual beauty. The bronze appears, reddish /brown/ gold in the sun against the rugged, rusted steel remnants, emblems of the transitory impermanence of industrial structures. “Urban Transformation” reaches up plant-like with an apparent optimism of new life. The tree-like form echoes the natural environment.
This work is part of the Cast and Formed exhibition, courtesy of ODETTA gallery.
Linda Cunningham is a New York City based artist who exhibits extensively both in New York and Germany, and most recently with Odetta Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn. A recent significant installation, created for “No Longer Empty” at the Bronx, Andrew Freedman House was exhibited in the Bronx Museum, 2014, sponsored by Bronx Alliance of Arts Organizations. Recent one person exhibitions include Abington Art Center, Philadelphia, the Fundacion Euroidiomas, Lima, Peru, StattMuseum, Cologne Germany, and the 2 x 13 Gallery, Chelsea, NYC. The Bronx Museum displayed her installation ”Urban Regeneration” for the years 2009/10 on its terrace, and her sculptural installation, “”Urban Regeneration II” was exhibited in two locations at Westchester Square in the Bronx in 2015. Her monumental public sculptural installations & alternative memorials are permanently sited in Cologne, Kassel, Bad Hersfeld & Cornberg, Germany, & Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J. Temporary installations were formerly at the CUNY Graduate Center on 42nd St across from Bryant Park, and in Tribecca. “Divisions” her sculpture installation formerly at sited at UN Plaza, New York 1997-1998 is on extended loan to Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio and is to be acquired this summer by City of Sculpture, Hamilton, Ohio. She is the recipient of grants from the Bronx Council on the Arts, Pa Council on the Arts, Fulbright Senior Research fellowship, Berlin, Arts International Kade Collaborative Works, and the John Anson Kittredge Foundation.