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Thomas Lendvai

An image from the show "Thomas Lendvai 10" at Odetta Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.

Thomas Lendvai: 10 at Odetta Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. (c) John Muggenborg.

Thomas Lendvai is a meticulous, thoughtful, and talented artist who transforms everyday construction materials into large-scale sculptural experiences. His works celebrate the intrinsic and elemental value of the materials he utilizes while simultaneously exploring the notion of self. Through his work, he explores modernist and post-modernist theory of sculpture that is informed by a knowledge of carpentry, taught to him by his father at an early age.

Lendvai’s site-responsive installations make use of fundamental geometric forms to address concepts of space and time, and to engage audiences through experiential installations that break down the boundary between the art object and the subject and question the notions art, design, and architecture. His work encourages movement and a continuous awareness of a series of nows, allowing for audiences to experience a more tactile engagement with space and self.

His exhibition, 10 at Odetta Gallery in Brooklyn, exemplifies his artistic practice and is the culmination of years of study, exploration, and contemplation. It is also an impressive, monumental sculpture that is surreptitiously balanced, forcing the viewer to accept and at the same time question the idea of here and now. The sculpture transcends gravity by breaking the plane of the floor while the crux is simultaneously elevated. A feat that some might call “magic.” I would call it artistic mastery.

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(c) John Muggenborg

An image from the show "Thomas Lendvai 10" at Odetta Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.

(c) John Muggenborg

An image from the show "Thomas Lendvai 10" at Odetta Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.

(c) John Muggenborg

An image from the show "Thomas Lendvai 10" at Odetta Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.

(c) John Muggenborg

no distibution of images

(c) John Muggenborg

An image from the show "Thomas Lendvai 10" at Odetta Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.

Thomas Lendvai at Odetta Gallery, August 2015. (c) John Muggenborg.

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Clay Time with Nicholas Newcomb

The talented ceramicist, Nicholas Newcomb, recently invited me and a group of friends to his pottery studio in Brooklyn to learn the fine art of ceramics. Through Nic’s teaching, I came away from our “clay time” session with a deeper appreciation of ceramics as well as great admiration for Nic’s work.

Nicholas NewcombNic studied fine art at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, where he apprenticed with renowned ceramics artist Toshiko Takaezu. He has also worked with highly acclaimed artists, sculptors, and designers such as Leslie Ferst, Regis Brodie, William Hardy, and Christopher Spitzmiller. Now in his eponymous shop, Nic creates a variety of works including minimal, nature-inspired dinnerware, drinkware, serveware, and cachepots; organic lamps and air pod plant holders; and free-form sculptures. Nic’s collections mimic his laid back vibes and his thoughtfulness.

Nicholas NewcombNic’s also a great teacher. In addition to teaching the techniques involved in ceramics, he taught the philosophies behind it too. I learned to let the imperfections go and to embrace the mistakes. Plus we had a great time making our own little objects whether they were functional or purely aesthetic.

Nic Newcomb Clay Time

All in all, I thank Nic for sharing his knowledge and insight. I am excited to continue following Nic’s career.

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Winning?

ReflectionI’ve decided it’s time to check in and do a little reflection post.

It’s been 3 months since I started my blog. I’ve had 23 posts and almost 1,000 views. Woo! So far it’s been a very good experience for me. I’ve felt a sense of accomplishment from publishing posts – no matter how short or uninsightful they may be – allowing me to keep things in perspective. This blog has given me the opportunity to really reflect on the wonderful experiences I have and realize that I’ve recently met some really great people and been able to deepen meaningful friendships. I have also earned respect from some very close friends and colleagues that puts our relationships on a new level.

I also recently had a cool experience that took me on an insider’s tour of all things visual arts in New York City. I can’t go into specifics, but it gave me a well-rounded look at the “ecosystem” that is the visual arts. I learned firsthand just exactly how all the players play from major players themselves. It was enlightening to hear them speak very candidly about their jobs, their organizations, and the market. The most interesting points we talked about were how things in the visual arts market have shifted in the last 50 years and especially in the last ten years.  (I also have to mention that I was shocked and proud when one piece of evidence I used in my colloquium – a theory by Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America – was mentioned by a major collector about the state of the nonprofit sector.)

So I would say that at this moment, I am winning. I am continuing to learn and grow and slowly getting my confidence back. My plans for the future are constantly being recalibrated and I think that’s something that I’m learning to accept. I’m a firm believer in always being prepared for whatever opportunity. I’m just so thankful for my network of friends and colleagues who continue to support me.

Okay, that’s enough sappy reflection for now. More cool things to come.

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First blog entry

The idea to start this blog came to me while I was coming back from Christmas at home with my family. I was feeling like I needed some new energy, something to get my brain going, something creative, and – mostly importantly – something that was my own. I’ve had a bit of a tough year and this time of year feels like limbo. Not only are you recovering from the holiday season, but the year is wrapping up and you need to start thinking about next year. What are my goals for next year? What are my resolutions? What should I change to make things better in my life?

I know that for 2011, I can only use what I learned in 2010 and put the rest behind me. I will say that no matter what happened, I’m grateful for all the experiences I’ve had.

So with that, I’m starting this blog to document and reflect on life, cultural events, and whatever else comes my way. Who knows.

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