Remembering the exhibition ‘Richard Erdman: Three Decades of Sculpture’ at #MadisonGallery in La Jolla, California.
See the making of Richard Erdman’s monumental work entitled Cascata.
Featured in West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park’s Spotlights:
There are certain groups whose mutual exclusivity we, as a culture, commonly reference: there are those who look at the glass half full or half empty; cat people, dog people; field players, goalies; and the list goes on. While sculptors are artists, and artists can be sculptors, the divide between 2-dimensional art and the 3-dimensional form leaves sculptors out-numbered and on one side of a binary divide.
While it is difficult to generalize the tie that binds sculptors as a group, when Richard Erdman recently spoke at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park to reflect on the method and medium that has guided his work for nearly 40 years, one can’t help to think that others of his ilk share the same inspiration.
“I want my work to reflect the senses that we experience and I have always found that the more sensations that are being activated, the more lively experience you are having…you are engaging your senses so much deeper, and I find that to be the spiritual part of life and why I do 3 dimensional sculpture”, explained Erdman. And there is no better example of this spiritual engagement but at the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo in Purchase, New York, where Passage, the largest sculpture in the world carved from a single block of marble, enlivens the senses and piques our interest in the sculpture and the sculptor himself.
The nine-minute documentary, Richard Erdman: A Profile, captures the spirit of Erdman’s work and his creative process from conception to fruition, leaving the viewer wondering if sculptors are in fact a breed of their own.
Chris Villano preparing a crate for shipment to #SculpturesiteGallery in Sonoma, California.
galerie artziwna has works in both stone and bronze on view in Vienna, Austria. Please visit the gallery’s website for additional information.
Richard Erdman: A Profile can be viewed here.
Plaster Station Two #richarderdmansculpture
Plaster Station #richarderdmansculpture
Plaster Station #richarderdmansculpture
Hand Tools #richarderdmansculpture
Richard’s Plaster Station #RichardErdmanSculpture
#RichardErdman in the studio with ‘Volantino’ #carraramarble #sculpture
A photo from the Q&A that followed a screening of ‘Richard Edman: A Profile' at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park last Friday, July 11th. A special thanks to the gallery for organizing and hosting the event!
Astri with Collector and Artist
Private Collection, Hillsborough, CA
Unveiling ‘Aikyam’ @ Bharti Airtel, New Delhi, India #RichardErdman #publicart #sculpture
The Meeting of Leaf and Stone
Richard Erdman is pleased to announce a series of new sculptures recently installed by landscape architect Enzo Enea, whose gorgeous tree museum sits on the site of a 14th century monastery outside Zurich, Switzerland.
Sprawling beside Enea’s design research campus, the 18-acre tree museum is home to a breathtaking collection of 50 tree species, a cultivation of aesthetics that is simply remarkable. Erdman met Enea through his European art dealer, Robert Landau. An immediate connection bloomed, as all three agreed that the museum’s grounds are the perfect presentation for the liquid rigidity of Erdman’s pieces. Here all of nature’s elements come together in a reverent symbiosis. “Passion creates wishes out of dreams,” Enea says, “and wishes motivate us to strive to make those dreams reality. Richard, Robert, and I are doing exactly that, just each in his own way.”
The four monumental works, pictured on the following pages, add a new and remarkable dimension to this unparalleled setting. Sentinel stands proudly among the trees; the Brazilian Blue Granite spills upward from its pedestal, framed by the lush green of Enea’s curated organics, neighbored by an inspired variation of the butterfly-like Volante. The Italian Bardiglio marble work entitled Spira appears to float atop a central pond on the museum’s grounds, a context in which Erdman’s work is magnificent. Finally, an original piece entitled Fiora is making its debut among the hallowed branches.
All works are available through the Enea Tree Museum in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland.