Date(s) - 05/04/2022 - 05/05/2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
4 Elements Studio
The public is invited to view the solo exhibition of artist George Hendrickson. The exhibition, A Fossil Imagined, is a collection of artwork of varying mediums created during the pandemic that represent a morbid examination of past extinctions.
This exhibition will be available for viewing in-person by appointment from April 4 – May 13th. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM. Appointments can be made by visiting www.4elementsstudio.org/george-hendrickson. A closing reception for the exhibition has been scheduled for Friday, May 6 @ 5:30 PM, and is free to the public.
George Hendrickson is an artisan and sculptor living and working in the Mohawk Valley. He has served as Sculpture Space’s Studio Manager/Technician since 2014. He attended Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art (now MWPAI/Pratt) and Utica College, concentrating in ceramics and sculpture. His sculptural work was displayed at the Everson Museum’s 2008 biennial, and he has a permanent piece installed at the Griffiss International Sculpture Park. Over the years, he has regularly donated work to Sculpture Space’s annual “Chair”ity auction, which is now in private collections.
“Nature has a way of drawing me into its smallest detail. I’m constantly examining textures and patterns everywhere I go as well as exploring the world of the macroscopic. My intent as I create is to bring what I’m seeing into a more abstracted space. At the same time I’m looking and thinking about the living world of the microscopic and imagining altered paths that life could have taken. This has led me to developing an alternative fossil record of sorts in my work. I’ve always been drawn to the work of paleontologists and how they fit the bits of fossils they discover into a fuller understanding of the world in which they once lived. This is what I’m attempting to emulate in my work.
I tend to choose steel and concrete, two very industrial materials, and try to treat them in a way that looks and feels organic. In a sense transforming them into what you can imagine being left behind by the death of a creature millions of years ago. To solidify these creatures in my mind I’ve been building the world they lived in both through sculpture and drawings/paintings. Developing an alternate history for them as well as a fully developed environment. The construction of that history adds continuity in the forms I create and a story that can be explored.”