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 nature, Hardy’s vibrant objects combine wit and elegance, leading the eye on fanciful journeys through visual twists and turns presented by his sculptural poems.
Bluebird, a new work commissioned by Arts Brookfield, highlights Hardy’s multifaceted creative process. The sculpture presents a confluence of harmonious forms that can be likened to a boat traveling over water, including references to mythological watercraft and their role as aids in spiritual voyages. The title, Bluebird, is a tribute to the speedboats piloted by renowned racer Sir Donald Campbell. Hardy’s incorporation of bold color mimics nature’s decorative schemes most often found in birds and butterflies, giving the sculpture an added sense of buoyancy. Dynamic in its integrated color and form, Bluebird may be seen as a vessel that leads our imagination to infinite ports of call.
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 and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and is currently teaching at the Art Students League.