Rooted in Modernist aesthetics, Rand Hardy constructs sculptures utilizing forms that feel familiar, yet appear fresh by virtue of their visual relationships to each other. Whether referring to architecture or the human figure, Hardy’s vibrant objects combine wit and elegance, leading the viewer on fanciful journeys through visual twists and turns presented by his sculptural poems.
Bluebird, a new work commissioned by Art Brookfield, highlights Hardy’s creative and multifaceted approach to making sculpture. The piece draws inspiration from notions of watercraft depicted in Greek and Roman mythology with a sense of coloration associated with birds or butterflies. The diverse ideas behind Bluebird add to its visual unity, enriching interpretations inherent to the sculpture’s mixture of lyrical forms. Dynamic in shape, color, and inspiration, Bluebird is an ode to interconnectedness, a marker in the odyssey of our daily lives.
ABOUT RAND HARDY:
Originally from West Virginia, New York-based artist Rand Hardy moved to the city in 1967 after receiving a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Hardy has had solo exhibitions at The National Exemplar Gallery, 55 Gansevoort Gallery, and the Willoughby Sharp Gallery, all in New York; and has been part of group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Willard Gallery, and the National Academy Museum and School, all in New York; among others.
He has taught at New York University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and is currently teaching at the Art Students League.