Texts by David Levy, Stephen Luecking. Text and Photos by David Finn. Hardcorver, Published by Ruder-Finn Press. 517 pages. Translations included into: Spanish, French, German and Italian.
Henry’s career began forty+ years ago in Chicago as a painter of large non-objective canvasses, but his desire to expand the creative process in a direct and immediate manner led him to sculpture. He began assembling metals in precise constructions with an industrial precision and a sense of the engineered object that is recognizably his own. This 517 pages book covers four decades of Henry’s work, with detail photographs by David Finn.
About Modern American Sculptor John Henry:
John Henry 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 Henryâ€™s studio is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he resides with his wife Pamela. John and Pamela own 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, in fact he is one of the earliest pioneers to use a craneÂ as a sculptor’s working tool.
Artist John Henryâ€™s words about his current show Mostly Red at Art Nouveau Gallery:
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€
Frost Art Museum Director Carol Damian Mostly Red Catalogueâ€™s Essay:
In the catalogue, Carole 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.[i]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€œ
About Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau Galeria was founded in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1987 by Elizabeth Hazim de Castillo and in 2010 she opened a space in Wynwood, Miami, known as Art Nouveau Gallery with her daughter in law and partner Georgina Chumaceiro. The gallery features modern and contemporary art focused on the geometric abstraction art, widely explored in Latin America, and ranges from emerging and mid-career artists to major historical art figures such as Carlos Cruz-Diez and JesÃºs Rafael Soto.
Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, apart from a strong secondary market of historic Venezuelan works, represents highly credentialed modern American artists as John Henry and Latin American Geometric Abstraction artists such as Rafael Barrios, Alberto Cavalieri, Hector Ramirez, Carlos Medina and Abel Ventoso, among others.