Back In The Saddle…Or Where Have I Been?

by Nancy Lovendahl

Show Installation

Looking at the 1-person show INTERCESSIONS I had this fall at Wm. Havu Gallery in Denver. Sold well. Was received warmly. 18 months of work displayed in 15 sculptures shown with Homare Ikeda’s 1 person painting show. Nick Ryan really works hard for Bill Havu. Terrific gallery manager. (Sept. 12- October 18, 2014)

Where have I been?  Nose down in the studio… here’s the evidence!

Here is an installation pic of the recent BIG event I’ve fulfilled this fall!  But the road getting there has been 18 months of 24/7 weeks as the exhibition was such an opportunity to show new sculptures, new materials and new paradigms in my thinking.  I’m still recovering, to be honest.  The crash after such a push always has a price!!  But I am not complaining.  The rest of this year has been equally a high point.  5 shows in 12 months… with the last opening for a group show Dec. 16 at Anderson Ranch Art Center, NOTHING IS EVER WHAT WE THINK curated and organized by Andrew Roberts-Gray.  Below are the review highlights from the rest of the year in pictures:

The Right side of the Wyly Art Center exhibition of the works I started in Beijing during the 2 month residency at The Red Gate Residency.  Working out of a 2-story studio in an historic pickle factory compound, now called Shangri-la began this journey of asking the question, "What is Here?  and What is There?".  Working over the 60th anniversary of The People's Republic of China, proved to me that people are people the world over.

The right half of my Wyly Art Center exhibition of artworks inspired by chinese scrolls begun in Beijing during a 2 month residency in 2009 at The Red Gate Gallery Residency Program. Working out of a 2-story studio in an historic pickle factory compound, now called Shangri-la, began this journey of asking the question, “What is Here? What is There?”. Observations during the 60th anniversary of The People’s Republic of China, proved to me that people are people the world over. It was wonderful to see the finished exhibition of these ideas on the American side of the questions!  (Jan, 2014- Basalt, CO)

Jessica Cerise curated this beautiful show BEING, which opened last June.  Mary Conover and myself share a conceptual connection for making art.  The current results were exhibited together in the Patton-Malott Gallery at ARAC in Snowmass Village, CO

Jessica Cerise curated this beautiful show BEING, which opened last June. Mary Conover and myself share a conceptual connection for making art. The current results were exhibited together in the Patton-Malott Gallery at ARAC in Snowmass Village, CO (June, 2014)

The Arvada Center for The Arts & Humanities opened SCULPTURE IN THE FIELD inviting me to add 2 installations.  Here is seen the beautiful girl herself planted in the earth for the first time.  I DO love cranes!  They are so helpful to lift 10,000 lbs.  Collin Parsons and his team are THE BEST!

The Arvada Center for The Arts & Humanities opened SCULPTURE IN THE FIELD inviting me to add 2 installations to a new 17 acre space on the grounds of this vital art center. Here is seen the beautiful girl herself planted in the earth for the first time. I DO love cranes! They are so helpful to lift 10,000 lbs. Collin Parsons and his team are THE BEST! (Arvada, CO June 26, 2014 – Sept, 2015)

The Denver Botanic Gardens commissioned me to create a new temporary public artwork and re-imagine a favorite classic piece, SPIRAL ECHO.  These pieces were part of a major undertaking called CATALYST.  This yearlong exhibition was comprised of all Colorado sculpture culminating into a book capturing the highlights.  Lisa Eldred and Kim Manajak made this the most special undertaking of my career.  It was also wild to install during one of the largest freak snow storms in recent memory!

The Denver Botanic Gardens commissioned me to create a new temporary public artwork FRACTAL ECHO and re-imagine a favorite classic piece, SPIRAL ECHO. These pieces were part of a major undertaking called CATALYST. This yearlong exhibition was comprised of all Colorado sculpture culminating into a book capturing the highlights. Lisa Eldred and Kim Manajak made this the most special undertaking of my career. (Respect goes a long way for me!)  It was also wild to install during one of the largest freak snow storms in recent memory!  Photos:  Courtesy Dressel-Martin for DBG (Seen installed in Potager Pond, April, 2013 – Jan 11, 2014)

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