Mel Kendrick: Woodblocks


Mel Kendrick: Woodblocks


March 2 - April 12, 2017


The University of Alabama, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall

A selection of works on paper represents American artist Mel Kendrick who is well known for his geometry-based sculpture created in wood and concrete. In the early 1990s, Mel Kendrick put more energy toward works on paper and created a series of large-scale woodblock prints that were informed by his sculpture in regards to both process and spatial sensibilities. He frequently engages in spatial manipulation so as to channel an equal presence of positive and negative space. The physical construction of his sculpture informs both composition and tactility of his large oily black woodblock prints that unapologetically expose assembly and surface modifications. The New Criterion wrote in 2014 that his work “is created through an intense internal logic that at first seems fully laid out but becomes more mysterious the more you observe.”

Mel Kendrick, cast paper. Mel Kendrick, cast paper. Mel Kendrick, cast paper.

Mel Kendrick has exhibited at Mary Boone Gallery, New York; The Drawing Room, East Hampton; Madison Square Park; Grand Arts. Kansas City; Monumental Prints, Tampa; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Artist Space, New York; and Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston. Kendrick has received the Academy Award for Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Francis J. Greenburger Award and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. He is represented in numerous public collections including: Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. – William T. Dooley, Director, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art

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