My work over the past several years has been exploring complex, multiple figure, and sculptural compositions in terra-cotta. I cultivate a dynamic system in which several figures interact physically. There is a spontaneous order that emerges through the interaction of individual figures which results in a complex, yet delicately unified, composition. The composition cannot be planned or designed, it must emerge from the interaction of the individual figures. This interaction insinuates real cultural, biological and sociological phenomena.
The science of Emergence is the study of ways complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions among individuals and elements. Emergence is central to the diverse theories of Evolutionary Biology, Economics and Linguistics, manifested in such things as ant and termite colonies, commodity markets as well as the evolution of language. Emergence is also central to the artistic process in general and figurative sculpture in particular.
John Belardo was educated at the New York Academy of Art, the Newington Cropsey Academy of Art and in the studio of Richard McDermott Miller. His sculptures were recently included in The Farm Project 2014 Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm, Yonkers Waterfront Promenade and the Blue Door Gallery, Allied Artists of America 100th Anniversary Exhibition, the World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, and Year One at Hionas Gallery. This year Mr. Belardo won the Gold Medal for best in show at the Hudson Valley Art Association’s annual exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NYC. Mr Belardo is the studio manager and teaches sculpture at Lehman College CUNY. more info at www.johnbelardo.com