Samuel Lynne Galleries is pleased to announce the opening reception for John Henry’s exhibition Structural Integrity on Saturday, November 18th, from 5-8pm.
One of the most influential living American sculptors in history, Henry’s career spans over 45 years and numerous collections across the globe. This exhibition will feature some of his most pivotal career works, latest studio creations, wall pieces, maquettes, signature bench series, as well as photographs of his towering public sculptures that live permanently all over the world. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception, and the exhibition will be on view through December 23, 2017.
Sculpture has the ability to affect people both physically and spiritually. Monumental public sculpture can alter audiences’ feelings toward a space, a building, a park, a street corner; it can evoke emotion, and bring joy, happiness, and an appreciation of art and architecture to people who may otherwise bypass their surroundings reactionless. John Henry’s sculptures, both indoor and outdoor, intentionally demand community engagement, creating emotional responses in their viewers.
In the 1960’s, John Henry emerged as the leader of the Chicago Constructivists, a group of young sculptors seeking to alter the Constructivist school and bring Abstract Expressionism into architectonic construction. His career has been marked by efforts to bring awareness and popularity to monumental public sculpture. One of his earliest shows was appropriately titled Sculpture off the Pedestal in his determination to assign moral value, accessibility, and public appreciation to his machined forms. As he accomplished this, his signature steel beams began rising up to traverse the skylines of cities all over the world. Over the course of his career, he has worked closely with other notable American sculptors like Steven Urry and Mark di Suvero, which becomes evident to audiences in all three sculptors’ aesthetically similar styles.
John Henry is a sculptor, but his profound understanding of how to manipulate materials also requires him to be a master engineer, architect, and constructionist whose conceptualization of engineering solutions brings together design, technical challenges, and materials to create a streamlined aesthetic. His creations throughout his career have become recognizable to viewers all over the world, and his artistic style has become a visual vocabulary of its own. Henry is widely appreciated for his strength of color, endless composition of angled forms, and uniqueness of engineering. He is acutely aware of the subtle relationship of his forms to their space, and of the broader relationship of sculpture to architecture. With almost 2,000 sculptures in his oeuvre, Henry’s work is featured in collections all over the world, and he is represented by important museums such as the British Museum, Smithsonian, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Chrysler Museum. Structural Integrity features Henry’s smaller-scale works, wall pieces, signature bench series, as well as meticulously detailed maquettes for his large-scale public sculptures and their accompanying photographs.
“Engineering problem solving is fascinating for me; it is part of my aesthetic process. I enjoy pushing the limits of what is possible structurally, but becoming intimate with the principles of balance, equilibrium, and the environment.”
– John Henry
John Henry | Chevron B | Machined Aluminium | 34 3/4 × 30 × 21 1/2 in