Larry Estridge, 68, resident of New York City, Key West, FL, and Torrey, UT passed away at 6:12 p.m. April 29, 2017 from a stroke, apparently a complication of his years-long struggle with cancer. Larry, a graduate of Great Neck North '66, and Harvard College '70, was an accomplished writer, musician, painter and sculptor. As a prominent protest-organizer at Harvard, and in a lifetime of subsequent political activism and commentary, Larry infused his writings, music and art with incisive analysis and palpable outrage. His work, which evolved from the fiercely political to the profound beauty of natural forms interpreted through large-scale sculptures, survives him in the archives of Harvard Crimson, NY Magazine, WBAI Radio, The Smithsonian Institution, numerous galleries in NYC, Key West and Miami FL, Torrey UT, and prominent private and public collections in FL and metro NY. His monumental work, The Psalmist is featured in the permanent collection of Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township, NJ and many of his works have been installed in Key West venues including Sculpture Key West and permanent park installations. Before dedicating himself to the visual arts, as a musician, together with his band Nightwatch, and in solo performance, Estridge was a regular presence on the NYC radio and club scene in the '70's and early 80's. Larry is survived by his loving wife Kathryn Kilgore, his mother Evelyn Estridge, and his brothers Ken and Dan Estridge.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 14, 2017
In recent years, Larry Estridge's work has focused on abstract sculpture works in steel and aluminum, which build on his long-term fascination with primary forms in nature and their reflection in diverse art-historical contexts.
In the pieces shown here, the sculptor works with uniformly-wide metal strips, a break (which bends and folds the material) and a slip roller (with which he creates curves), to fashion diverse elements which are combined into more complex structures through improvisatory and chance operations.
The finely worked, industrially-finished pieces, with their complex topological surfaces that actively play off one another with changing light and vantage point, offer diverse readings of archetypal content. Larry Estridge lives and works in Torrey, Utah, Key West, Florida, and New York City. His work is represented in prominent collections throughout the country.