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Luisa Caldwell
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

ARTIST STATEMENT: I make architectural scale sculptures and installations using reclaimed materials such as packaging, fruit stickers, candy wrappers, boxes or whatever materials I need for the idea. Along with repurposing material I collect with the intensity of a hoarder, I am also inadvertently archiving our societies ever changing consumer habits and packaging design conventions without the work being primarily about that. By using ephemera, I relate an aspect of the physical world we live in to that of personal imagery and form making. With sculpture I tend towards a simplified geometrical or architectural form and aspire to architectural scale. The box sculptures are architectural by nature in that I am literally stacking the boxes like building blocks. I’m drawn to the elemental nature of stacking blocks, one of the first physical activities we learn as toddlers. The candy wrapper and thread hanging sculptures are more process, or even craft oriented, with the repeated motion it takes to tie each wrapper into a bow shape. I use multiple strands to make structures mimicking walls or columns, which shimmer and dazzle.

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Luisa Caldwell
One-Person Exhibitions:

2016 Maze, LIU Humanities Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (spring)

2013 Eye/Full Spectrum, MSB Gallery, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY 2012 Light Change, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Infusion Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Rainbow, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY, NY
Primavera, Bowery Poetry Club, NY, NY
Umbrella Organization & Pyramid Scheme, Bloomberg SP11, Randall’s Island,
2007 Luisa Caldwell, Swarovski- Parcours St. Germain de Pres, Paris, France

2006 Floralisitc, Florence Lynch Gallery, NY, NY

2004 Arabesque, Florence Lynch Gallery, NY. NY

2002 Barney’s New York, Window Project, New York
Whose House, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Cow Palace, SculptureCenter, Artist-in-Residence, NY, NY

Permanent Public Commissions:
2009-12 "Station Villa" New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts for Transit
East 180th St. Bronx, NY Bronx Zoo station.
Project budget $200,000
2007-09 "Thought Bubbles: Earth, Sky, Sun & Universe" New York City Department
of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Public Commission, in collaboration with
New York City school Construction Authority.
PS 244, Flushing, Queens, NY
Project budget $78,000

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2015 Talk To The Hand, LynchTham, New York, NY
RESPOND, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Thrice Legendary or Forever Thens, Centotto Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Social Photography IV, Carriage Trade at Emily Harvey Foundation,
New York, NY
Redacted, PIEROGI XX, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Pop Culture: Selections from The Weisman Foundation,
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida

2013 Gathering Place, No Longer Empty @ 24 West 8th St, New York, NY
2012 Dumbo Arts Festival, Under An Inverted Rainbow, Brooklyn, NY
Luisa Caldwell & Mery Lynn McCorkle, BConte, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Everything’s Coming Up Roses, WG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Our House in the Middle of Our Street, Maison des Arts, Malakoff, Paris
Treemendous, Carriage House Museum, Islip, NY
2010 Franconia Sculpture Park, MN
25th Salon Anniversary, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx. NY
Sculpture Key West, West Martello, Key West, Florida
2009 Back To The Garden Deutsche Bank Galleries, New York, NY
You Are What You Eat, MASSMoCA,Kidspace North Adams, MA
2007 Delicatessan Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
The Eclectic Eye, CACNO, New Orleans

Sugar Buzz, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York
2006 Photos & Phantasy, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art,
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Site92, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

2005 Traces d’Enfance, Galerie, RX, Paris, France

2004 Convergence, CCNOA, Brussels, Belgium

2003 The History of the Lagoon As it Once Was, Site-Specific Project
(Two-person show with Janet Echelman), Cannareggio,
Extra 50 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
1999 Fin-de-Siecle Salon, P.S. 122, New York, NY
1998 Pets, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY

Ferrocious, The Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn,
Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
From The Ground Up, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
Emerging Sculptors #10, Sculpture Center, New York, NY

2014 Exscelsior Award for Public Architecture, American Institute of Architecture
NYS to the team of Lee Harris Pomeroy /Luisa Caldwell
2013 Excellence in Preservation Award, team of Lee Harris Pomeroy /Luisa Caldwell
for East 180th St from The Preservation League of New York
Lucy G. Moses Award to the team of Lee Harris Pomeroy/ Luisa Caldwell for
East 180th St from New York Landmark Conservancy
Excellence in Historic Preservation Award to the team of Lee Harris Pomeroy /
Luisa Caldwell for East 180th St from The Victorian Society of New York


2011 Jerome Foundation Grant for Sculpture at Franconia Sculpture Park
1999 BCAT/Rotunda Gallery Video Workshop, Full Scholarship, Brooklyn, NY
1998 Manhattan Graphics Center Workshop, Full Scholarship, New York, NY
1996 The Jerome Foundation Award, Emerging Artist Residency Program,
Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

Selected Residencies and Visiting Artist Program:

2014 Sculpture making Workshop for Teens, BOCA Museum of Art, Boca raton, FL 2012 Alfred University, Alfred, New York

2011 College of the Atlantic, Maine, student installation workshop

2010 MASSMoCA Iron Chef at Kidspace, Hunter Theater, MASSMoCA, N.Adams, MA 2009 CEC Arts Link VisArt Workshop, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2004 PS 1/MoMA Summer Celebration, w/ Robert Hickman, PS 1, LIC, NY

1997 Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship, Johnson, Vermont

1996 Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY


1986-87 MFA Sculpture,University of Iowa
1986 BA, Art History, University of Iowa


2015 Noelle Bodick, Why Is The Human Hand Sticking Its Fingers In Art Today,
BlouinARTINFO, Jan.20

Jan Castro, In the Studio with Luisa Caldwell,, April
2014 Sandra Bloodworth & William Ayres, New York's Underground Art Museum
The Monacelli Press, photo, page 244
Barbaralee Diamonstein. Unflagging Commitment, Huffington Post, Feb 24
Sam Roberts. Imaging a NYC Flag for the 21st Century, NY Times, Feb 6
Peter Scott. Social Photography III, Carriage Trade, exhibition book
2013 Genia Gould. Wild Dogs of Williamsburg, Illustration, WG News+Arts, Dec.
Aaron Marks. Beautifully Restored East 180th St,, March 15
David Dunlap. 100 Years Later, A Railroad Landmark Is Revived,
The New York Times, Friday, Feb 1 2013
2012 Gigi Kracht. Art Y Facts, VIEWS, Baur Au Lac, 2012, article w photo
2011 Bienvenue A La Maison, Le Parisien, May 26

2009 Michele Cohen. Public Art for Public Schools, The Monacelli Press, Pg. 215
2008 Karen Wilkin. Art at Land’s End, article, Art in America, Sept.
Mary Ceruti. catalogue, Sculpture Key West

2007 Melena Ryzik. Art With Marching Orders-videos Sept.10,
Martha Scwendener. Sugar Buzz, Art in Review, NY Times, May 11
Benjamin Genocchio. Fattening Goodies in All Their Glory, photo, NY Times,
Sunday, April 8,
2006 Ken Johnson. Site92, The New York Times, Fri., Feb 24
2004 Eileen Kinsella, RG. Charles. Art Market, article with photo, ARTnews, Dec.
Laurel Graeber. Art in Flight, NY Times, Fri., July 23
2001 Elizabeth Pochoda. The Long View, House & Garden, article w/photo, Aug. 2000 *** Artforum, photograph, September

1999 *** Luisa Caldwell-Cow Palace, The New Yorker, Oct. 4
Ken Johnson. Luisa Caldwell, Cow Palace,"The NY Times, Fri. Sept. 17
1997 Roberta Smith. Sculpture Adorns the Urban Terrain, NYTimes, Aug 8
Helen A Harrison. Site-Specifics, The NY Times, review, June 8
1996 Janet Koplos. Brookworld, Art in America, review, December
Holland Cotter. Sculpture That Basks in Summer,"t5The NY Times, Aug, 9


Deutsche Bank, Capitol One Bank, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Conde Nast, NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority, Tennis Express, NYC Department of Education, Sprint Corporation Art Collection, Weisz & Yoes Architecture, and various private collections


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