NOEL HENNELLY

Born, Queens, NY, 1957. After earning her BFA from Pratt Institute, she has exhibited in group shows and community venues in the New York area and has worked as a typographer, graphic designer, and has pursued interests in science and religion. She earned a Master of Divinity at Yale University, while attending classes in sculpture at the Yale School of Art. The work — in wood, metal, fabric and paper—represent votives, elegies, and topical symbols based on natural and manufactured forms with mythic or cultural, references. It combines ready-made elements with constructed parts, largely in wood and metal fastenings as well as digital images. She is interested in the crossover between nature and the machine and hybridization that offers a vision of a new ecosystem and connectedness. She sees form as an extension of how a plant, organism, or tool functions, how shapes in nature adapt seamlessly to their environment. She is also interested in narratives, and references to mythology as an expression of the unknowable, citing the way astronomers name celestial bodies after mythological references, thereby acting as a shorthand for mystery, complexity and the ineffable. The pieces work as discrete objects, and also work together as an installation-based landscape conceptually linking the natural world and the human person’s relation to transcendence.

 

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute, BFA, 1980
City University of New York, Coursework in Biology and Earth Science, 2001
Yale University, Yale School of Art, MDiv Religion and the Arts, Coursework in Sculpture, Yale School of Art, 2010

Lives and works in New York NY, and Yonkers NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 – Peep Space, Tarrytown NY
2019 – Phillipse Manor State Historic Site, Yonkers NY
2012 – Mosnart, Visiting Artist Program, Chicago, IL
2006 – Visual Arts Project at SMV NY NY
1984 – Limbo Gallery, NY
1983 – Piezo Electric Gallery, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 – Perfect Day, Drugs and Art, White Box, NY, NY
2021 – Yonkers Arts Project Space, Yonkers, NY
2019 – Beezelbub’s Tales, Empty Circle, Brooklyn, NY
2018 – Warburton Gallery, Yonkers, NY
2017 – Blue Door Art Center, Yonkers, NY
2017 – Kunstraum, Summer Invitational, Brooklyn, NY
2017 – Counterpointe, Actors Equity Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
2015 – Outlet Gallery, Annual Invitational, Brooklyn, NY
2014 – Riverfront Gallery, Yonkers, NY
2008 – Green Gallery, Yale, New Haven
1997 – A Gathering of the Tribes, NY NY

Collaborative Performance: (2017, 2022) Norte Maar, Counterpointe 5, Counterpointe 9, Residencies at Mosnart, Chicago, 2009. Represented in the JP Morgan Chase Collection.