John Udvardy is a prolific modernist sculptor whose assembled structures are based in Cubist sensibilities surrounding painting and collage. The varied, elegant work weaves poetic tales of labor and leisure in stunning masses of materials including wood, stone, fired clay, nails, paint stirrers and canvas.
Iron sculptures include Fandango and Night Poem. Such dynamic pairings highlight the artist’s expert formal manipulations. The metal dips and bends connecting the disparate pieces into curving lines which frame brilliant negative spaces. Beyond their formal beauty lies the signifiers of these useful-turned-obsolete objects. Repurposing is at the heart of Udvardy’s work, as he uses the elements of his collections to create a dialogue between the labor of the worker and the labor of the artist.
Udvardy is the dean of the assemblage art form. Judith Tolnick Champa writes, Udvardy “re-assembles objects derived from his massive studio, a dense environment of collecting. Found forms and shapes are source material, a personal palette for positing and devising handsome assemblages.”
John Udvardy is professor emeritus of the Rhode Island School of Design. He trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art and received his MFA from Yale University.
News About John
- Bill Van Siclen, Udvardy’s Alchemical Creations on Display
- The Providence Journal
- May 9, 2013
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- Renee Doucette, Double Legacy at Cade Tompkins Projects
- Big Red and Shiny (bigredandshiny.com)
- January 30, 2013
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