Visual artists and writers share a long rich history of exchanging ideas – affecting, influencing and challenging each other to create inspired works. Jud Bergeron had this type of relationship with best friend and poet, Bill Reynolds, who passed away tragically ten years ago.
For “I Will Wait Quietly,” Bergeron revisits Reynolds writings, selecting a collection of poems and building sculptures, literally, from Reynolds’ words. Each work, ranging from small vessels to abstract sculptures to larger than life-sized figures, represents a single poem – the artist fashioned each letter in that poem from wood and/or steel and built that sculpture from its letters. In some the characters are almost unrecognizable. In others they are clearly apparent. But every piece is a poetic use of space and form that utilizes language while obscuring its traditional use.
Jud Bergeron attended Old Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut and went on to study at Vogel Sculpture Studio in France. His work is included in many public and private collections including the 2004 Hearts in San Francisco public art project. Bergeron lives and works in New York.