Haw Contemporary is pleased to present broken-riddle piece, our season-opening exhibition with gallery artist Anne Lindberg and poet Ginny Threefoot.
broken-riddle piece features 17 new drawings by Lindberg and a series of 14 poetry fragments by Threefoot. The drawings and language interweave in the space of the gallery and within their visual and semantic meanings. The drawings are not intended to illustrate the poetry, nor does the language respond directly to the drawings. Rather, adjacency brings together the somatic and the intellectual through a balance of poetry and image.
Lindberg understands her studio practice as a paced and daily conversation with place, in body and mind. From her studio in the Hudson River Valley, elements of light, space, and time coalesce from this mindset. As these graphite and colored pencil drawings generate fundamental questions about time, causality, and sequence, language is utilized as a compass to conjure meaning. In this new body of work called then the measure, Lindberg varies scale, position, and proportion in concert with differing intensities of color, light, and layering. As a result, her indexical drawings, when placed with Threefoot’s poetry, find a new sense of openness. With linked voices, Lindberg and Threefoot speak to the vicissitudes of human experience.
Threefoot’s work occupies a philosophical-pastoral space in which an investigation of selfhood is grounded in elemental markers. She uses the page as a site on which language wanders, as the speaker wanders, in and out of fixed meaning. Visual art has had a significant impact on Threefoot’s experiments with sense and syntax, abstraction and representation, and the conjunction of ancient and contemporary worlds. Her poem broken-riddle piece is composed of fragments arranged to encourage non-sequential readings. This collaborative exhibition is a dialogue between an artist and a poet who share a curiosity about making art that explores temporal and structural boundaries.
Anne Lindberg’s (New York) work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad including Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Drawing Center in NYC, The Mattress Factory, Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheldon Memorial Art Museum, Wave Hill, Belger Art Center, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Omi International Art Center in Ghent, NY, as well as venues in New Zealand, Quebec and Japan. Her work is held in museum and corporate collections including the Akron Art Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Sprint Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Niwako Kimono Company in Nagoya, Japan, American Century Investments, and H&R Block, in addition to numerous private collections. Additional exhibitions include the Tegnerforbundet in Oslo, Norway, SESC Bom Retiro Cultural Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, America: Now and Here in Kansas City, and Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University. Her work is currently on view in Topologies, an exhibition curated by Mika Yoshitake from the Howard and Cindy Rachofsky Collection, at The Warehouse Dallas, and Spectrum, curated by Kiki Smith and Kate Menconeri at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill, NY. She opens a solo exhibition called the eye’s level on October 18, 2018 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
Ginny Threefoot (Denver, CO) holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has taught at the University of Iowa, St. Michael’s College, Arapahoe Community College, and Kent Denver School. She is a member of the Poetry Collective at the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop and is currently working on a book-length manuscript. Her poem “Axis” was featured in Lindberg’s exhibition walking as I stand.