Those visiting the New Orleans Art District between May 3rd and July 22nd of 2018 can glimpse the work of internationally acclaimed artist John Henry. He has returned to Callan Contemporary with a suite of dramatic meal sculptures in painted aluminum. Named “Constructivist Dialogue,” the show itself is intensely complex in composition, the sculptures executed and designed with exacting perfectionism. During the course of his career, Henry has become known for his wide and ambitious range, spanning the gamut of intricately-scaled tabletop pieces to some of the largest metal sculptures every created.
Henry, born in Kentucky, is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Now based in Chatanooga, Tennessee, his works are included in the permanent collections of The British Museum, Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress, Museum of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Fort Worth art Museum, Miami Art Museum, and dozens more. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Ford Foundation. His works’ visit to the New Orleans Art District is a truly special event, and all visitors should do their best to visit Callan Contemporary.
Henry is inspired by the hidden structures that lie within the built urban environment. He achieves a broad spectrum of effects in his pedestal-mounted and freestanding pieces. He also creates wall sculptures, which work to explore the interactions between balance and asymmetry. Henry challenges the viewer’s assumptions about gravity by creating compositions that have ascertainable structural logic. The sculptures at Callan Contemporary harken explicitly to the Constructivist lineage—one that has been nearly forgotten in the world of Minimalism.
John Henry’s work is on display at Callan Contemporary from May 3rd to July 22nd, 2018. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM-5PM and by appointment. For information about pricing, call the gallery at 504-525-0518.