Nancy Lovendahl – Love and Art

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Back In The Saddle…Or Where Have I Been?

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)

How a sculpture begins

A commission comes to an artist for many different reasons.  I’ve been thinking about the process my recent commission, THE GATHERING, followed after the collectors walked through my door at the invitation of a long-time friend and designer.  She and I had worked on many projects over the years and they were always good experiences.  This designer had the uncanny ability to match clients and artists.  No one’s time is wasted as this pro does her due diligence before any calls are made.  This is important to learn about a dealer or contact upfront.  You can’t push them into liking your artwork and at the same time, they’ll remember you if you keep them updated, too.  I’m the fortunate one to work with someone like her and had updated her about what I was carving down the street. Oh, yeah… she lives 2 blocks away making studio visits very easy.  Especially on warm nights when a work day is done!

Unbeknownst to me, these clients and said designer had been looking at my stonework for 3 years before pursuing an outdoor table to sit by a creek in rural Gunnison County, CO.  These weren’t ordinary collectors.  They had an eclectic and loved collection of ethnic and contemporary pieces.  It then turned out that we were all from Chicago.  He had even worked with my late father-in-law in business.  We knew each other in 10″ time.  The designer just smiled and let us roll.  We were off and running putting together a check list of the needs they had collected over the 10 years of living in this extraordinary house out in the country.  So we started….The Gathering - FullView more next post.

Here We Go!

So many friends tell me that they have absolutely no idea how the ART

process happens!  My hope is to share WHAT I make, WHY I do it, and HOW I make it!

This artwork took me 2 years to complete and I’m going to talk about it and others over the next few months.  Join me!

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