“Order and Chaos” is this year’s theme for a National Chautaqua taking place throughout the academic year at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.
Along with an annual Chautaqua Lecture Series, the Department of Art and Design’s Giles Gallery features works from 58 artists and 26 states in an exhibition, ORDER AND CHAOS, January 26 – February 22. I am honored that Four Cups was chosen from the hundreds of entries!
With what feels to be a timely theme, I want to share my statement accompanying the work, Four Cups:
“While water isn’t orderly, we have certain expectations for water –– the primary focus of my current artistic life. It rains, it flows and trickles in our creeks and rivers, it freezes into sleet and ice cubes. It fills vast spaces between land masses, creating broad oceans and bays. At home, most of the U.S. population can turn the handle on a faucet and, as prescribed by a city’s codes, the water will flow. And we expect that water to be “up to code” chemically. The chemists label it H20 (H-2-0) and we understand the order in that. But in recent years, there are things happening that go beyond the storms of nature, the droughts of seasons, the muddying of rivers. The chemistry in our oceans is changing from extra carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Our rivers, lakes and gulf waters have seen pollution from oil spills (Alabama Coast), mining (Animas River), lead in pipes (Flint), and farm runoff (Toledo). Here’s to vigilance, to avoid a water supply fallen to chemical chaos.”
Brooklyn’s 440 Gallery is now featuring a juried national exhibition, entitled “Personal is political is personal.”
I’m thrilled to be a part of this with Four Cups, shown above.
Thanks to juror, Sue Coe, for including me in this intriguing and powerful collection of work. The show title caught my interest immediately. I designed Four Cups specifically in response to the call for entries, wishing to capture in a simple, direct way my deep concern for the state of water, ultimately our most precious resource, and the focus of my current work!
The inside view of the cups tells more of the story………………..
Through August 7th, 2016; 440 Sixth Street, Brooklyn, NY
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I am so thrilled to announce this!….
The entire WATERPLACES collection of works on paper, shown above from the Fall 2015 exhibition at the Kansas City Design Center, has been purchased by The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas, to be housed in the museum’s permanent collection. “The Beach” is a part of Kansas State University and impresses me so! The staff have been fantastic to work with. It’s fair to say that the people of mid and western Kansas have a keen awareness of the importance of water so this is a great fit in that respect. And their very fine collection, focused on regional work, is clearly steadily being enriched with some exciting additions!
WATERPLACES will be unveiled at the museum in a solo show in the Spring of 2018, but in the meantime watch Instagram for an upcoming slow feed of images from the collection…including, below, New River Inlet, North Carolina (Camp LaJeune).
Look for @thewaterplacesproject on Instagram beginning sometime June, 2016.
Co-sponsored by Idaho State University, “Water Ecologies” runs March 28 – May 7th in Pocatello.
Guest juror, Basia Irland, chose to include me in this group show and I couldn’t be happier!! Partly because I admire her work so much, and partly because the show seems like the perfect fit for Drops in Petri Dishes, an installation which was born in the summer of 2012 when so much of the western portion of the U.S. experienced severe and distressing drought. I stopped what I was doing and started making “drops” reflecting specific water places, and nonspecific natural regions, oceans, rivers. Each drop felt sacred, precious, and singular.
It takes a pro to capture forty-seven feet of delicate, translucent works. Thanks to friend and photographer E.G. Schempf I am able to share, here, this first exhibition of the 100 WATERPLACES works. Thanks also to Vladimir Krystic, Director of KCDC, and Sarah Kraly, Executive Assistant, who supported this project in myriad ways during it’s 6-week run. And that’s only the beginning of the list of experts from our city, regional, environmental, and arts communities who contributed to the artist talk and panel discussion focused on water.
(Click images to enlarge for quality)
When you get closer you can see a little more about the hanging method, with the works on paper vellum captured within two additional sheets of vellum, strategically folded at the edges. Clockwise from upper left: Oil about the River (Williston, North Dakota); Simpson Desert, Australia; Brazoria (National Wildlife Refuge in Texas); Grand Canal (Venice); Detroit; Falkland Islands. Fragile places! Each has a story or information page in the binders which accompany the exhibition, complete, in some cases, with citations from national and international news, governmental, or scientific sources. Content related to each Waterplace varies from a few sentences to a full page.
Here’s another photo: a close-up of the corner of Papua, New Guinea.
For those walking along Baltimore in downtown Kansas City, the poster for my Waterplaces exhibition may have looked like this…depending on the time of day, the reflections from the city, and the light on of those stunning lime green accents within the Kansas City Design Center. KCDC is home base to an academic program for graduate architecture, urban design and landscape design students, ready to tackle real-world projects…and with a constant underpinning of sustainability. Our interests overlapped beautifully!
Several years in the making, I’m excited to share the following information about the exhibition of my 100 small works on vellum reflecting “waterplaces” around the world… and very happy and honored to have received funding from ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council to help support this event!!
L y n n B e n s o n
WATERPLACES: 100 works on paper
**Opening reception: Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Artist lecture and (water-focused) panel discussion: Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 5:30 – 7:30
KANSAS CITY DESIGN CENTER 1018 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105 www.kcdesigncenter.org
Exhibition dates: October 8 – November 20, 2015 Hours: M-F, 9am – 5pm or by appointment
Sponsored by the KCDC and the MARC Regional Water Quality Education Committee with funding support awarded by ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council
This upcoming show is the first time that even I will see all of the works up at the same time!! Hope you can come!! –LYNN