A public garden & cultural center

Samm Kunce

Drawn to Nature
Glyndor Gallery | April 2June 16, 2013

Pictured above:
Fulton Ferry 5-4-08
(III), 2008
7” x 10 ¼”

During her travels and time spent in the Catskills, Samm Kunce observes the sky by making plein air watercolor and charcoal drawings. In the tradition of the great landscape painter John Constable, Kunce’s sketches briskly describe mood, weather, and the constellation of the clouds. These exercises in observation are hung above the fireplaces in each room of Glyndor Gallery to prompt visitors to notice the expansive sky surrounding Wave Hill.

Informed by minimalism and land art, Samm Kunce worked directly with plants both in the studio and in site-related landscape pieces throughout the 1990s. More recently, she has developed projects in mosaic that reorient urban dwellers to nature in our midst. Under Bryant Park depicts underground plant and animal life on the walls of the passageway between the 6th Avenue subway station at 42nd Street and the station exit on 5th Avenue. The latter work was commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and was awarded the 2002 “Best Public Art Project” by The Municipal Art Society of New York. She also created In the Living Rock for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2004 and is at work on a sustainable reconstruction of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Sunrise Yard maintenance facility in Queens, NY.

Amsterdam 4-19-08 (III), 2008
7” x 10 ¼”

Lubljana 9-07, 2007
7” x 10 ¼”

Catskills RT 17, 3-2-08, 2008
9” x 12 ¼”

All works watercolor on paper; courtesy of the artist.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.