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Arny Nadler

St. Louis, MO , U.S.A.
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At the heart of my activity as a sculptor is a fascination with form. Feats of engineering, both utilitarian and evolutionary, have always appealed to me. I am fascinated watching a cantilever bridge slowly rising, pausing, and then lower gently back down over the river in my home town of Chicago. I am equally awed by the intricacy of organic structures—a wasp's nest, a brain coral, the exoskeleton of a crustacean. The efficiency, purposefulness and specificity of design of both the built and organic environment converge in my new work.  This confluence of influences has lead to forms with a multitude of associations.   

In my current work I confront the viewer on a large scale outdoors.  I am intrigued with the tools of the built environment—bridges, overpasses, barricades—that manipulate the movement of masses of people. My enchantment with organic forms is undoubtedly rooted in my amazement that they are also born out of necessity.

While I am assembling these pieces outside, removed from the gallery, passers-by often stop to ask me the obvious question: what is it? When the visitors sheepishly admit they did not know it was a sculpture I was putting up, I put down my wrenches, come down from the ladder and talk to them.  I believe this is the duty of an artist working outdoors. They bring up grain silos and bunkers, and we talk about the shingled texture of an armadillo. There is a specificity to the construction of my work in the absence of a specific function. It is satisfying to me that in the context of viewing sculpture these pieces always remain a bit out of their element.   




M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI  1994

B.F.A. Washington University School of Art, St. Louis, MO  1991 


Selected Exhibitions

Sculpture on the Grounds Exhibition, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Gallery 210, University of Missouri, St. Louis

Western Michigan University Sculpture Tour, Kalamazoo, MI

Millstone Gallery at COCA, St. Louis, MO

Beacons, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Burlington County Sculpture Garden, Pemberton, NJ

Sculpture Key West, Key West, FL

21st Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, Boone, NC

Perkinson Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY

Benini Sculpture Foundation, Johnson City, TX

First Sculpture Biennial Invitational, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD

Union University Sculpture Tour, Jackson, TN

Gallery 210, University of Missouri St. Louis

Adaptations, A.R.C. Gallery Invitational 1, Chicago, IL