Wendy Letven “Lines Falling Together in Time”

Fou Gallery

poster for Wendy Letven “Lines Falling Together in Time”
[Image: Wendy Letven "Uprooted" (2019) Stairway installation for Portal Art Fair at Governor’s Island, New York.]

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Curator: Lynn Hai

Fou Gallery presents Lines Falling Together in Time, the first solo exhibition of multidisciplinary artist Wendy Letven at our gallery. Letven’s art practice includes installations, sculptures, drawings, paintings and artist’s books. She explores a personal language of abstraction through different art mediums, with a focus on her interest in exploring and interpreting natural form, pattern, repetition and rhythm through her reductive creative process.

Letven’s installation and sculpture works blend forms and images that transform and redefine space and atmosphere in new ways. She develops her own vocabulary of evocative symbols to construct the syntax of a universal visual language. Her suspended installations and sculptures are dynamic ensembles of light, shadow, motion, and reflection as they are constantly activated by atmospheric factors such as air flow and shifting light. Their patterns, shapes and shadows interact with one another, resonating within the gallery space as an embodied material presence. Visitors to the gallery are invited to perceive between physical and illusionary distortions of the changing surroundings through space and time. The central installation work in this exhibition highlights an abstract river suggesting the flow of form, rhythm, and time, implying the entrance to an abstract landscape. A statement from ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu could precisely express the poetry of this abstract landscape, “Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

This exhibition also features Letven’s most recent paintings. The oil paintings explore flatness and space in a similar manner as her installations and sculptures. Letven’s ink painting series started in 2010 around the time of the oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. Her worries about environmental changes, such as rising sea levels and super storms, have inspired her to imagine doomsday scenarios. Abstract expressions of subverted landscapes and rivers in the sky are depicted in her ink series. The series is less about exploration of forms, as they are investigations into a variety of physical rhythms. Their inquiry into the essence of flow stems from the painterly process of ink spills and liquid pours.

Fascinated with pattern and spatial relationships for years, Letven always grows her works by combining unrelated lines, shapes and symbols to pursue a deeper level of harmony from seemingly disparate visual entities. She believes in the importance of abstract connections between phenomena, and seeks inspiration from other fields, including music, poetry, science and philosophy to build up an aesthetic synaesthesia shared among these different disciplines. She has a strong belief in an omnipresent, deeper order of life rather than randomness.

During Lines Falling Together in Time, Wendy Letven will collaborate with percussionist Gary Fredriksen, ceramist Ruth Borgenicht, and poet Sally Bliumis-Dunn to present three interdisciplinary art events, resonating with the works and interacting with visitors.



from February 29, 2020 to May 10, 2020
Artist’s Talk: February 29, 2020, 4–5 pm

Opening Reception on 2020-02-29 from 17:00 to 20:00


Wendy Letven

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