Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center Wed., Aug. 28 - Thurs., Sept. 26Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Artist Reception: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
David Ludwig began his career as a painter and slowly evolved from two-dimensional color field paintings on canvas to three-dimensional wall reliefs or structures constructed of plywood. His work as a model builder for an architecture firm in Philadelphia had a major impact on his working method as well as on the direction his work would take. David’s love of industry led him very early to define his three-dimensional paintings as Structures, generically titled so as not to reveal specific sources or define literal references.
At first glance, David Ludwig's colorful abstract structures are minimal in means. Closer observation reveals, however, each structure’s complexity. His working process was critical to the final form his work would take. Controlled completely, the artist set up a dialogue between form, light, color and texture from the very beginning. This interplay also sets up a dichotomy of opposites: hard vs. soft; light vs. dark; slow vs. fast.
While his language remained the same throughout his career, it evolved in subtle but distinctive shifts in form, to continually create new approaches to image-making. At the time of his death, David’s work had taken on a playful quality, investigating how found objects could be transformed when attached to his geometric structures.
Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, David A. Ludwig received a Bachelor of Science, Fine Arts degree from Indiana State University and his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. He worked as a prototype designer for Hoosier Fiberglass Industries in Terre Haute; an industrial designer and model maker for Ewing, Cole, Cherry, Parsky Architects in Philadelphia; was a partner and chief technical designer for Exhibits Associates in Pittsburgh with James O. Loney; an independent contractor and design consultant; and for six years preceding his death, an instructor of drawing, 2D and 3D design at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, and the Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood. His design projects include the children’s gallery, Kidspace, for the Westmoreland Museum of American Art; and two permanent exhibitions Mister Rogers: A Continuing Legacy and One Hundred Years of Education for Latrobe Senior High School. With Exhibits Associates, he assisted with design, and fabricated twelve units that comprise the History Corridor for Latrobe Area Hospital.
As a long-time member of Group A and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, David exhibited his work frequently. He had solo shows at Sweetwater Center for the Arts; AAP’s Gallery 937 and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. His work was included in numerous group exhibitions at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 808 Penn Modern; Mendelson Gallery; Three Rivers Arts Festival; the State Museum, Harrisburg; Westmoreland Museum of American Art; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art; Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, and Tadu Contemporary Art, Santa Fe; among others. David also created Labyrinth, a site specific structure in collaboration with James Loney for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
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