Larry Estridge’s life and work took a dramatic turn, at the age of 35, when he discovered paint. He was living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, at the time, and becoming increasingly disenchanted with the downtown music scene and journalism, the arenas in which he had concentrated his efforts.

 

Painting seemed a natural extension of his life-long involvement with music – but unlike his songs, musical performances and articles, which were largely bound up with political concerns, painting offered a fresh approach to the world, its harmonies and color, its physical and spiritual dimensions.

 

An initial body of large-scale works incorporated simple geometric forms and a broad palette. These were followed by a more somber group of paintings, in which color cooked out in the painting process. Small figural works came next, in which the painter focused on initial impulses and the paint’s liquid possibilities to elaborate what he came to call “an alphabet of gesture”. The sculptural nature of these signs led him to pursue a latent interest in sculpture.

 

In recent years, Estridge’s work has focused on abstract sculpture works in steel and aluminum, which build on his long-term fascination with primary underlying forms in nature and their reflection in diverse art-historical contexts. These spare works employ flat bar, plate and sheet to enclose and carve space in surprising ways, offering diverse readings of archetypal content.


The newest group of aluminum pieces exploit that material’s lightness and strength to further explore a curved and bent realm of apparently living, morphing forms.


Working with uniformly-wide metal strips, a break and slip roller, the artist fashions diverse forms, which are typically combined into more complex structures through improvisatory and chance operations. Although intimations of the sciences come into play in these pieces, as well as meditations on art history, many are curiously intimate and reflective, conjuring bits of personal history and dream through the work of hand and eye moving faster than mind.


In some of  the latest works, the sensual, polished finish of bare aluminum, emphasizes the clean lines and faces of the pieces and allows their often complex topological surfaces to actively play off one another with changing light and vantage point.


The sculptor’s choice of materials is not without irony. Here, in the burnished faces of some pieces and the industrial and auto-motive finishes of others, are polished signs of the primordial and emblems of American industry, ingenuity and optimism in an age of war, freedom under fire, and industrial decline.

 

Estridge was born in New York City and raised on the North Shore of Long Island. He received a B.A. from Harvard in 1970. Estridge’s work is represented in prominent collections nationally. He lives with the writer Kathryn Kilgore and maintains studios in Key West, Florida and Torrey, Utah.


 

Solo Exhibitions:

 

White Columns Gallery, New York, NY, 1987.

Miller Gallery, Key West, FL, 1993.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL, 2003.

Charest-Weinberg, Key West, FL, 2006.

Charest-Weinberg, Key West, FL, 2007.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL, 2008.

Charest-Weinberg, Miami, FL, 2009.

 

Group Shows:

 

White Columns Gallery, New York, NY, 1987.

AC Projects Room, New York, NY, 1991.

Spectrum Gallery, Southampton, NY, 1991.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL, 1994.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL, 1995.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL, 1998.

Woodenhead Gallery, Key West, FL, 2000.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL,  2001.

Art In The Park, Key West, FL, 2002.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL,  2002.

Lucky Street Gallery,  Key West, FL, 

Key West Literary Seminar Show, 2003.

Art In The Park, Key West, FL, 2003.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL,  2003.

Art In The Park,  Key West, FL, 2004.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL, 2004.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL, 2005.

Sculpture Key West, Key West, FL, 2005.

Lemonade Stand Art Studio, Key West, FL, 2005.

Charest-Weinberg Gallery, Key West, FL, 2005.

Sculpture Key West, Key West, FL, 2006.

Sculpture Key West, Key West, FL, 2007.

Galerie Espace B51, Montreal, Canada, 2007.

Charest-Weinberg Gallery, Miami, FL, 2007.

Sculpture Key West, Key West, FL, 2008.

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL, 2008.

Torrey Gallery, Torrey, UT, 2009.

Torrey Gallery, Torrey, UT, 2010.