Anne Lindberg

fold and unfold

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old and unfold, 2015
Egyptian cotton thread, staples

field drawing 03, field drawing 04, unfold 03, 2015
Graphite drawings on paper

On view: January 16 - March 13, 2016

Anne Lindberg's sculptures and drawings tap a non-verbal physiological landscape of body and space, which often provoke emotional, visceral and perceptual responses. Lindberg works with an expanded definition of drawing languages, and is influenced by the resurgence of drawing in contemporary art. Fold and unfold is part of Lindberg's new series, Building Drawings, which blurs the lines between drawing, sculpture, textiles and conceptual art on an architectural scale. Drawn graphite fields anchor room-sized installations created in fine chromatic thread to create a subtle, rhythmic, abstract, and immersive optical and spatial phenomenon that shifts the physical and emotional geographies of both the space and viewer.

Anne Lindberg is represented by Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago. Works by Lindberg have been included in solo and group exhibitions at institutions and galleries including The Drawing Center (NYC), Tegnerforbundet (Norway), SESC Bom Retiro (Sao Paulo), Spencer Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art, and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, among many others. Works by Lindberg are included in numerous collections including US Sprint Corporation, American Century Investments, Collection of Howard & Cindy Rachofsky, and others. Lindberg has recently exhibited at the US Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to name a few. She recently completed a major public art commission for the GSA Art in Architecture program at the Richard Bolling Federal Building in Kansas City and a large commission at Rockhurst University.

Lindberg is the recipient of awards including a 2011 Painters & Sculptors Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, A Lighton International Artists Exchange grant, the Art Omi International Artists Residency (2009), and more. She holds a BFA from Miami University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and lives and works in Ancramdale, New York.

Photo Credit: Derek Porter

Return to The Fields Sculpture Park

fold and unfold (installation view), 2016

field drawing 03, 2016

field drawing 04, 2016

unfold 03, 2016

A Word: Anne Lindberg

Anne Lindberg is a 2009 alumni of Art Omi, currently exhibiting "fold and unfold" in the Omi gallery. Since her residency, Lindberg has continued to create large-scale graphite drawings, as well as sculptural and architectural works. She has brought her drawings off the walls with more than a dozen site-specific thread installations throughout the country – including The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory – projects which evolved from her time at Omi. We sat down with Anne to talk about how her work has been influenced by the Art Omi residency.



Omi: Is there a connection between your work in the gallery and your time as an Omi resident?


AL: There is a very direct relationship between the installation in the gallery and the experimentation in the barn during my residency. I was in an upstairs studio in the barn, and in the center there was a milky corrugated plastic skylight. The light in the space was a cool purpley blue color. Our meals were served under a blue tarp by the barn, and there were often bowls of fresh peaches. I found myself very drawn to the way the peach behaved under the blue light. That blue and yellow light condition was something I kept encountering during the residency. I was making graphite drawings, and I'd brought gray thread with me, but I quickly found myself in a fabric store in Albany buying lots of bright yellow thread as a complement to the blue light. A little aside: I was one of the few Americans among the 30 residents. When we drove to Albany to get the thread, I was in the car with Amal Laala, a Moroccan and Finnish artist who grew up in Australia, Dorothy from Ghana, Orhan from Turkey and Debesh from India – all driving to a fabric store in Albany. It was remarkable.


Omi: Had you been working with thread when you started your residency?


AL: At that point I had started exploring thread, but I had not yet stitched the architecture with it. I wanted to see color in the air. I wanted to see the drawings I was creating become airborne and, in that sense, about light. The result was an extremely crude version of what's in the gallery now. It was visually interesting, but not engineered well. I was twisting thread around straight pins in plywood walls. I hadn't figured it out, but I could see there was something happening that I should work on.


Omi: How did the Art Omi residency influence your work moving forward?


AL: David Hughes, the Director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, which sent me to Omi, came to opening day in the barn and he invited me to make a small commissioned piece in his home. That really allowed me to work out the fabrication, engineering and material relationships. The residency gave me time away from my normal workspace and a fresh mindspace to explore how to draw in air. I began to define what drawing could be in larger terms than I had before. All the work I've done since feeds off the exploration that happened here at Omi.

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