The Giving Body at Underdonk

I'm happy to be part of this lovely little group exhibit curated by Elisa Soliven at Underdonk Gallery in Buskwick, NY.

Underdonk Presents:
“The Giving Body”
December 1st-December 31st, 2017
Opening Reception: December 1st, 6-9pm
Gina Beavers
Genesis Belanger
Carl D’Alvia
Rebecca Gilbert
Hugh Hayden
Hein Koh
Elisa Lendvay
Justin Q Martin
Keiko Narahashi
Rose Nestler
Sarah Peters
Leah Tacha
Curated by Elisa Soliven
Underdonk is pleased to present, “The Giving Body”, a group exhibition including
artists: Gina Beavers, Genesis Belanger, Carl D’Alvia, Rebecca Gilbert, Hugh Hayden, Hein Koh, Elisa Lendvay, Justin Q Martin, Keiko Narahashi, Rose Nestler, Sarah Peters, and Leah Tacha. The works in “The Giving Body” evoke the human form with an emphasis on process and materials. In various ways, both overtly sculptural and in high relief, these works inscribe the body with expressive qualities.
The pieces in this exhibition take a wide approach to representing the human figure, from soft sculpture to more traditional use of materials such as bronze, wire, and clay. Rose Nestler’s point of departure is “… the delicacy and imperfections of bodies. She uses fabric as a sculptural material because it is linked to clothing – our second skin.” Sculpture here is myriad. Hugh Hayden, through camouflage “explores the underlying infrastructure, relationships and systems of social interactions.” While some of the artists, Beavers and Gilbert, use appropriation as a method or jumping off point, all the artists merge found and molded elements in a transformative fashion. Rebecca Gilbert, “remakes everyday objects as sculptural copies, creating small interventions within commonly understood forms. While exploring still life, portraiture, the female body, humor and memories- it is the act of copying that underpins the breadth of her practice.” The work in this show conscientiously embraces the idea that there are multiple ways to invest the body with gesture. Keiko Narahashi “believes that forms contain occult meanings, but like emotions, or beauty, they are unreliable and subject to strange transformations.” While working from memory, copying, or from lived experience, these artists transform the body into something new.
Each of the artists in this exhibition is unique in the ways in which they articulate the body, either through repetition of forms, layering of material, inscribing of line, unusual juxtapositions, stitching of fabric, modeling of forms, and welding of line. Elisa Lendvay’s “works present interplays among internal vision, observation of nature, and corporality to generate moments of perception, truth, and whimsey.” The body is shown, not only as a whole, but in parts, and often abstracted. For Genesis Belanger, “by looking at advertisements one can deduce that disembodied women’s hands can be used to sell just about anything. My hands don’t sell telephones or cake mix but rather abstracted ideas of weakness and indulgence.” Carl D’Alvia’s bronze pieces also explore the dichotomies of the comic and tragic. With this work, the body part embodies the whole. Hein Koh’s “stuffed shiny fabric sculptures are surrealist mash-ups of body parts and symbols, comprising a diaristic lexicon inspired by memories, feelings and personal experiences.” What binds all this work together is a generosity in imbuing organic sensuality while also showing the process of its making visible to the viewer. For Leah Tacha, “instead of the pieces trying to be some kind of perfect form, they are exactly what they appear to be: strong, standing their ground, a bit ceremonial in form even if slightly off balance.” “The Giving Body” brings together sensibilities that are searching to convey an awkward humanness and emotion in their stance.
—Elisa Soliven, November 27, 2017

September at Giampietro: Elisa Lendvay and Becky Yazdan: Under The Apple Tree

I'll have a new series of floor sculptures, tabletops, wall installation, and drawings.

September 9, 2017 - October 7, 2017 
Opening Reception is Saturday, September 9, 6-8pm
1064 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Exhibit at Matteawan Gallery, Beacon NY

post-magic symbiosis

Vernon M. Byron, Olivia Drusin, Daniel Giordano, Kathy Goodell, Gabriel Hurier,
​Elisa Lendvay, Matthew Mahler, Patrick Mangan, and Esperanza Mayobre

Curated by Lacey Fekishazy

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” ― Yoko Ono & John Lennon

April 8 - May 7, 2017

436 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508  845 440 7901


My Sculptures on Park Avenue

I'm happy to have an installation of sculptures up at 583 Park Ave, NYC for the New York Foundation Hall of Fame Benefit on April 4, 2017.

ARTIST LECTURE SERIES Curated by Zoe Pettijohn Schade, Christopher Schade & Michael Lee NUMBER 49 featuring Inna Babaeva and Elisa Lendvay.

Please join us on Sunday, December 11 at 6:30pm for our forty-ninth installment of the series featuring Inna Babaeva and Elisa Lendvay.
276 Greenpoint Avenue b/w Newell and Jewel Streets 
Brooklyn, NY 11222 
Christopher & Zoe's studio on the third floor 
* G train to Greenpoint Avenue, exit Grnpt Ave, walk east 4 blocks to Newell. Take a right past that street 
and enter complex through steel gate, go to first door on left (Building 8). Up three flights.
Come early! Seating is limited. 
Questions? 347 200 2332 or 347 200 6061
Inna Babaeva
I use objects that are widely available for consumption and re-animate them into a visually grotesque and functionally deprived subsistence. I transform the familiar items of home design and furniture by inducing biomorphic shapes with psychedelic colors. My work contemplates the absurdities of contemporary times, with its wasteful mass production and overwhelming cultural uniformity. It is an attempt to introduce the role of art as a potential challenge to our bland social tastes and culturally accepted commodity values.
Inna Babaeva’s recent 2016 solo show was held at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA) in New York, and, earlier, a two-person show with Lauren Clay at Underdonk in Brooklyn. Her work was exhibited at Anna Kustera Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery, Dustin Yellin Gallery, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music among others. Her work has been featured in ARTnews, ArtFCity, Artnet Magazine, Sleek Magazine (Berlin), We Heart Magazine (London). She is a recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Foundation Studio program fellowship, and she is a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant nominee. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Inna Babaeva lives and works in New York City.
Inna Babaeva fomTSA show
Inna Babaeva 
It's the little things that matter 
Solo show, TSA, New York. 2016. Installation view
more of the artist's work can be seen at: home.html
Elisa Lendvay
Though I explore the form and content of my art in different ways, both are related to the same search and internal vision —a poetic and visceral probing of matter, materiality and movement, and a way of making physical what I know and don’t know. My process is multifaceted as I work in different series that include floor, wall, table top sculptures and assemblages, drawings, and shaped paintings of experimental materials. I often alter and combine found objects eroded by the elements as a way of recycling and responding to narratives of the city, nature, consumption, place and memory. The materials influence the forms and color so that the formation of each piece is not a struggle against the medium, but a digging down into the essence of a physical moment.
Elisa Lendvay (b. 1975, Dallas, TX) received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and Bennington College. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibits at Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut and Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, and group shows at Kansas Gallery, New York; Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York; Rare Gallery, New York; Lesley Heller Workspace, New York; TSA, Brooklyn; Daily Operation, Brooklyn; Orgy Park, Brooklyn; Underdonk, Brooklyn; and Klaus Von Nichtssagend, New York, among others. Lendvay has been awarded honors from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, the Vermont Studio School, the Dallas Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, and the Marie Walsh Art Foundation. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University. She lives and works in Queens and Brooklyn.
EL 2016 Ruffle MMS 7.5x7x2.25 ELE000063
Elisa Lendvay 
Paper pulp, paper clay, acrylic paint and medium, wire, bottle caps 
7.5 x 7 x 2.25 in., 2016
more of the artist’s work can be seen at:
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