Drawings + Sculptures
July 19th, 2013 - September 14th, 2013
In the early 1970s, Tom Yody found himself shuttling between Cleveland, where he periodically taught at the Cooper School of Art, and Victoria, British Columbia. The draw west eventually won out, and he relocated first to Victoria, then to the American northwest coast. He became an active artist in his new community, continuing to hone his craft, exhibiting his installations, drawings, and sculptures--but he always yearned for Cleveland.
Returning to Cleveland in 2012, Mr. Yody was invigorated by the thriving art scene, and inspired by the thing he missed most about Clevelandwhat he refers to as the work-a-day, blue shirt commitment and dedication of the artists here. He immediately set to creating a new body of work.
Mr. Yodys abstract sculptures, primarily in wood, with their smooth curves and penetrating apertures, often seem like bones or joints. The hand of a sculptor is also evidenced in his abstract drawings, where he seems to be sculpting in the medium of his imaginationthe plane of the paper providing a depth for the layers of imagery that reference a high modernist aesthetic, evoking the non-representational surrealism of Yves Tanguy and the organic structures of Antonio Guadi.
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