Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Andy Yoder @ Winkleman Gallery

Winkleman Gallery is extremely pleased to present Donald, Martha & Sam, our second solo exhibition by sculptor Andy Yoder.

Continuing his use of domestic objects, the focal point of the show is a group of three portrait busts, each in the form of an oversized glass piggybank. Over three years in the making and cast in brilliant colored lead crystal, they depict Donald Trump in a golden amber, Martha Stewart in pale green, and Wal-mart founder Sam Walton in gun-metal blue. With prominent raised coin slots, the banks are a reflection of the varying degrees of notoriety each of them share concerning money, while the idealized, monumental styling of the heads reflects their status as celebrity icons of consumer culture. The use of colored crystal also serves as a metaphor for the fragile nature of success: despite its seductive beauty, it is easily shattered.

Accompanying these works are a series of Amish-style quilts draping the walls of the gallery, with symbols for money incorporated into their colorful, highly-patterned designs. As his last name indicates, Yoder’s family background includes Amish ancestry, lending these works an extra degree of personal resonance. For the artist, the slow accumulation of coins and meticulous piecing together of quilts are timeworn activities drenched in nostalgia, contrasting sharply with present-day concerns for money, success, and speed.

Rounding out the exhibition are a group of watercolor drawings showing likenesses of Donald Trump, Martha Stewart and Sam Walton depicted in miraculous circumstances, similar to the face of Mary appearing in the bark of a tree, or the Shroud of Turin.

Among many public sculpture projects and exhibitions, Andy Yoder was invited to exhibit in the 2007 American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art.
For more information please contact the gallery at
info@winkleman.com or 212.643.3152.

Andy Yoder
Donald, Martha & Sam

May 11 to June 9, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday May 11, 6-8 PM
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm

Winkleman Gallery
637 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
T: 212.643.3152
F: 212.643.2040
info@winkleman.com
http://www.winkleman.com/

Directions: C or E train to 23rd Street. Walk North to 27th Street. Winkleman Gallery is between 11th and 12th Avenues.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous David said...

The objects are certainly beautiful, and it looks like Andy got accurate likenesses of Martha and Sam. Donald is close, but he didn't quite get the hair.

5/09/2007 11:14:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

cute David :-)

We struggled with the image for the card, deciding in the end to simply go for the conceptualized symbol of the glitz (i.e., the shiny lead crystal bits) suggesting these public figures are symbols more than that this work is a commentary on them as individuals in anyway. I can assure you, though, that the actual sculpture of the Donald has hair to spair.

5/09/2007 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody got pix?

5/18/2007 01:56:00 PM  

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