Red Cloud II, 2007
Aluminum, Painted red,
11.5 x 4 x 14.3 in
This is John Henryâ€™s first solo show at Art Nouveau Gallery, the artist was enthusiastic to show his new works in aluminum and bronze created in his studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee specially for this occasion.Â The 12 sculptures in the exhibit are originals and unique in large, medium and wall formats, but he also created a small sculpture in bronze named Ponce de Leon to celebrate Florida 500 Years Anniversary. Ponce de Leon is 14â€ high and it is an edition of 25 pieces, a collectible that will be unveiled the opening night. The show will be on display till June 21st.
Artist John Henryâ€™s words:
â€œMostly Red is exactly that, most of the works in the exhibition are red.
Red is a viscerally powerful color that establishes strong contrast in most environments, indoors and out. Â As a tool in the creation of my work, I employ certain colors to enable the lines and shapes of the sculpture to be well articulated and distinct. In this instance I am using red to define the exhibition and unify the pieces into a symphony or a collection of passages within a larger composition.â€
River High, 2008.
Aluminum, Painted Red, 35.5â€³ x 8â€³ x 15.25â€³
Frost Art Museum Director Carol Damian Catalogueâ€™s Essay:
In the catalogue, Carol Damian points â€œHenry projects his geometries on a colossal assertive scale, more like engineered structures, bridges or skyscrapers that suggest mathematical concepts toying with an erector set.Â His vital forms reconcile issues of architecture with engineering through balance, cantilevered elements, and sheer ingenuity.Â He also has a proclivity for working in series, maximizing the effectiveness of his structures with a builderâ€™s cultivated sense of scale and interrelationships, and a fascination with tools, especially giant cranes and other machines necessary to facilitate the manipulation necessary to complete his projects.Â Admitting to the influence of his family and their involvement in architecture and land development, both key to his work ethic, Henry was able to figure out how to make things fit and work together, how to design and assemble parts.Â It is no surprise that John Henryâ€™s works seem so suited for the outside, as if growing a garden of metal blooms transformed into the simplicity of formally controlled stems and cantilevered spikes."
 â€œJohn Henry Talks With David Finn,â€ in John Henry (New York: Ruder Finn Press, 2010), p.33.
Art Historian Amalia Caputo, Website Notes:
â€œJohn Henryâ€™s large-scale abstract public sculpture have been shown extensively throughout the United States and worldwide. For more than four decades Henry has worked within the parameters of Constructivism, Minimalism and Geometric Abstractionism. The majority of his pieces deal with the idea of scale, equilibrium and geometric structures that interact with each other, mainly long rectangular shapes that are in tension and hold themselves in space, creating rectilinear elements that are arranged like tri dimensional drawings raising up elegantly in space, as if defying gravity and stopping motion. His sculpture, is characteristically painted with solid monochromatic colors or keep the patina of the original material, and are usually made of welded steel or aluminum.â€ Amalia Caputo, art historian and artist.
Red Sonata, 2010.
Aluminum, Painted red, 8.625â€² x 3.5â€² x 3â€²
About Modern American Sculptor John Henry:
John HenryÂ works are in the permanent collections of the British Museum, Dallas Museum, Frost Art Museum, Miami Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and Sonje Museum Contemporary Art (Korea). Henry is well known for his large scale pieces in art in public spaces at the cities of Chicago, Hanover (Germany), Shenzhen (China), Miami Dade County, Temple Beth Am (Miami), among others.
John Henry resides, with his wife Pamela in Chattanooga, Tennessee. John and Pamela maintain a pied-a-terre in Miami where they often enjoy the weather and friends. He prides himself on his hands-on approach to the fabrication and installation of his work.