My solo show at Robert Henry Contemporary opens 2/26

From the gallery's website:

Noah Loesberg: Constructing Ornament

February 26 through April 10, 2016

Opening reception: February 26, 2016, 6-9pm


Noah Loesberg  Four Windows, One Door, 2015-16  Painted wood  144" x 96" x 8" (3.66m x 2.4m x 20cm)  Detail   

Noah Loesberg

Four Windows, One Door, 2015-16

Painted wood

144" x 96" x 8" (3.66m x 2.4m x 20cm)




Through shifts in scale and substitutions of materials sculptor Noah Loesberg recontextualizes items from historical sources like early 20th century builder’s guides, Persian illuminated manuscripts, images downloaded from the Internet and our contemporary built environment. Common things, like windows, often overlooked or simply ignored by most of us are for Loesberg full of beauty and rich with metaphoric potential. By transposing the ubiquitous into the unusual Loesberg brings to our attention the pleasure of ornament and the beauty in the everyday.

This exhibition will feature a site-specific installation titled, Four Windows, One Door (144” x 96” x 8”, wood, acrylic house paint, 2015-16) derived from early 20th century builder’s manuals. Loesberg compressed the horizontal dimensions of the windows and the door thus squeezing what would be the glazing emphasizing the wooden structure. This manipulation of proportions forces the window and door trim moldings into the visual forefront and the industrial yellow paint obscures a simple enjoyment of ornament and decoration, while emphasizing the contemporary object-ness of the piece. Loesberg says, “Over-decorated, a baroque feel overtakes the repose of American utilitarian restraint.”

Also included in the exhibition are a series of castings and a large wall sculpture. Taken from Persian illuminated manuscripts, Loesberg deleted the calligraphy leaving only the architecture of the borders. He then reproduced these structures in wood and cast them in jewel-like ruby-tinted translucent polyurethane blocks. For the large wall relief (wood, acrylic house paint) Loesberg cut up and rearranged plinth blocks and decorative rosettes into a puzzle-like composition meant to resist his desire to find pattern in decorative motif.

By extracting beauty from the mundane Loesberg asks us to contemplate our cultural assumptions and reevaluate what we think. His exploration of materials and context offers us a perspective to see common objects differently and manipulates our preconceived notions of beauty and value.

"Sewer Pipe Delivery"

Cardboard, construction adhesive, shellac.  81” x 25” x 55” high.  2008

This sculpture is included in the group show "Fluid" at the Newhouse Gallery at Snug Harbor, opening May 3 from Noon to 5PM.



Janusz Jaworski, Guest Curator

Contemporary artists explore the theme of water.

May 3 through December 14, 2014

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

1000 Richmond Terrace, Bldg C/North Lawn, Staten Island, NY  10301

Regular hours are 12-5PM, Wednesday through Sunday, $5/$4 admission, during the opening admission is free.  

More info at 718-425-3524

"Material Handling" at Robert Henry Contemporary

November 15 - December 22, 2013


Noah Loesberg Molding Shapes, 2012 Plaster, paint and hardware 3" x 8" x 16" each (36"h x 8"d x 144" w overall) Installation view ©2013NoahLoesberg/RobertHenryContemporary

The work in Material Handling by sculptor Noah Loesberg centers on contradictions and meanings they expose. Through shifts in scale and substitutions of materials Loesberg recontextualizes everyday items from our built environment into objects of rarefied ubiquity. Common things often overlooked or simply ignored by most of us are for Loesberg full of beauty and rich with metaphoric potential. In the past he has appropriated storm drains, sewer pipes and smoke detectors among other things. This exhibition will feature two site-specific sculptures, and 4 pattern oriented charcoal and graphite drawings on paper derived from architectural sources.
Noah Loesberg received his MFA in 1994 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL and his BA in 1990 from Bennington College, Bennington, VT. He has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, a residency from Dieu Donne Papermill and was awarded CAAP grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs.  This is his second exhibition with Robert Henry Contemporary and he maintains his studio in Ridgewood, Queens, NY.

Robert Henry Contemporary presents the compelling work of emerging and established local and national artists. We feature work that is both conceptually challenging and visually engaging, focusing on but not limited to minimal and conceptual abstraction.

robert henry contemporary
56 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Hours: Thursday – Sunday 1pm – 6pm
and by appointment
Directions: L train to Morgan Ave.
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(718) 473-0819