the art of pizza
— Kate Lawson, Detroit News
— Keely Wygonik, Observer & Eccentric
Pondick's `Monkeys," 1998-2001, stainless steel, intertwines human arms with
Pondick received her
"I wanted something
bachelor of arts degree
low and hovering to go
from New York's Queens
along with the horizontal
College in 1974 and her
thrust of the nearby
master of fine arts degree
pool," she says. 'Although
from the Yale University
it appears to be a plant or
School of Art in 1977.
tree, viewers soon start to
After being represented
see that it is not. What
in solo and group shows
seem to be buds are actu-
around the world, she
ally tiny heads."
saw her projects included
Pondick, who is Jewish,
in the collections of many (..)
has designed a tree sculp-
"Ear (Detail)," urethane ture for a Los Angeles
art centers, such as the
and paper pulp, 300 ele- synagogue on commis-
Israel Museum in
ments: "I made a model sion. The artist, who
Jerusalem, Museum of
from my own ear. I took thinks of the tree as a
Contemporary Art in Los
a life cast from my head, strong Jewish symbol,
Angeles and the Whitney
that into the
structured blossom forms
and formed a
Contemporary Art in New
into orbs with teeth. She
mold," says Pondick.
wanted the piece to
"I work all the time,"
appear as if it were dying
Pondick says. "I realized a long time ago
and regenerating at the same time.
how open-ended art is and how context
Pondick has been married to painter
has a lot to do with interpretation."
Robert Feintuch for nearly 30 years, and
Explaining how a work of art can
the two maintain a loft where they have
change with the outlook of the observer,
very little living space but separate and
she references an earth installation that
large studio areas.
had viewers in South Africa thinking
"I like to work alone," she says.
about black magic and voodoo, viewers
"When it's time for the sculpture to go
in the Netherlands thinking about
to the foundry, the pieces become very
death, viewers in Austria thinking about
the Holocaust and viewers in France
thinking about genetics.
"Rona Pondick: Sculpture 1992-
"Pondick mergers traditional casting
2003" will be on view through
techniques with 21st- century digital
Nov. 30 at the Cranbrook Art
technologies to achieve uncanny results,"
Museum, 39221 Woodward,
says Houston, Cranbrook curator of
Bloomfield Hills. Hours are 11
a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays
As Pondick works, she also projects an
and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. the fourth
interest in scale and probes what makes
Friday of each month. $6; $4
something feel a specific size. She also is
students/teens/seniors; free for
curious about how different materials
members and children 12 and
will change an image.
under with adult admission.
The installation Crimson Queen, in
www.cranbrookart.edu or (877)
stainless steel and bronze, was made
specifically for the Cranbrook grounds.
She visited the area almost a year ago to
determine its placement.
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