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news release Akron Art Museum to Showcase Connection Points of 2D and 3D Art in Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space

For Release: August 25, 2016

Akron—The Akron Art Museum will showcase recent work by six contemporary sculptors whose engagement with paper is also an important part of their practice in Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space. The exhibition opens with a public celebration on Friday, September 30, and will remain on view through January 15, 2017. Intersections features work by Anne Lindberg, Nathalie Miebach, John Newman, Judy Pfaff, Mark Fox and Ursula von Rydingsvard, whose works in three dimensions range from modestly scaled sculptures that invite close study, to room-size installations that alter our perception of space. Compositions on paper include visual representations of data, studies, drawings for the exhibition alongside works in three dimensions, and independent explorations

Chief Curator Janice Driesbach said, “Intersections is an important part of the Akron Art Museum’s ongoing presentation of work by contemporary artists in ways that allow visitors a deeper understanding of their intentions and creative processes.”

Representing multiple generations and aesthetic perspectives, artists featured in Intersections create work that is hand-crafted and developed in the studio or gallery. Additionally, they all realize work in new ways, using processes that include making hand-corrugated “cardboard,” pulling cotton thread across gallery spaces, and pressing abaca paper into carved cedar. Their sculptures are constructed using additive processes and, like their works with paper, are at once abstract and metaphoric.

New Work
Anne Lindberg, Nathalie Miebach and Judy Pfaff will create new work in the museum galleries for Intersections. Lindberg will use taut cotton thread to draw lines that create a shimmering mass in space. Extending ideas the artist began exploring in drawings, her installations are “built with color and air, filament by filament, through space.” For inside green, the artist appreciates how her installation both fills and is confined by the space. Lindberg conceived the accompanying drawings in tandem with her installation to enhance and complete her transformation of the gallery.

Recognized pioneer of installation art, Judy Pfaff is aptly described as “a collagist in space.” Pfaff embraces a variety of materials and readily marries 2D and 3D elements in work distinguished by its dynamism and complexity. For her Akron installation, Turtle, the artist envisions dividing the gallery into sections that are distinguished by their materials, contrasting organic and geometric forms and their colors. Spidery root systems and an array of circular forms will be suspended from a grid with disks referencing calendars, mandalas and medieval cosmology charts, among other sources.

Nathalie Miebach describes herself as working in the intersection between art and science, and plans to create a wall relief exploring Hurricane Katrina. Her wall relief will be on view alongside musical scores the artist composes from data generated by weather events and the colorful sculptures she weaves from wood, reed and yarn using the scores as blueprints. Miebach prizes basketry for providing her with a three-dimensional grid that offers new ways to present information. The artist, who has collaborated with musicians to perform and compose music based on her work, cites data in two dimensions, sculpture in three, and music in four as “equal components” in her practice.

Other artists are represented by recent work displayed in dedicated galleries. Mark Fox transforms his own drawings and paintings into sculpture. A visual artist, performer and filmmaker, he hand-corrugates his private drawings to produce sheets of handmade "cardboard." This material is cut into sections and assembled into sculptures that simultaneously invite reflection and deny access. Fox creates lush wall reliefs using words cut from paper and makes textured surfaces composed from pigment he drips on paper, cuts out and glues together. Most recently, the artist layers embellished sheets of cardboard into panels, lifting away layers to expose multiple strata of visual information.

Distinguished for modestly-scaled sculptures using a combination of natural, manufactured, computer-generated and hand-crafted elements, John Newman draws before, during and after making work in three dimensions. He draws upon knowledge of the arts and crafts traditions he encountered in the course of extensive travels for sculptures that feature contrasting textures, juxtapositions of geometric and organic forms, and uncommon colors. As with his work in three dimensions, Newman uses a variety of media for his drawings and views various kinds of marks as equivalent to different materials.

Ursula von Rydingsvard speaks of her fondness for Western Red Cedar for its lack of visible grain, how it is "neutral; it's like a piece of paper.” She does not make drawings for her sculptures, but works in her studio “armed with a pocketful of #2 pencils.” The artist starts her vessels by drawing the shape of the base on the floor. She then marks the wood on all four sides for deft cuts to be made with circular saws, and gently rubs their surfaces with graphite powder, creating emotional resonance. The artist’s work with paper, including abaca fiber and linen pulp embedded with knotted threads and scraps of fabric, becomes three dimensional. Examples of von Rydingsvard’s new approaches to her signature forms in cedar and innovations using paper pulp are featured in Intersections.

Intersections is funded by awards from the Lehner Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. A $20,000 grant was received from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Artworks program, which supports the creation of work as well as the presentation of both new and existing artwork, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through thirteen arts disciplines.

Akron Art Museum Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka said, “The NEA grant underscores the museum’s excellence in curating groundbreaking exhibitions that engage the community, while also advancing the relevance and scholarship of contemporary art as a reflection of contemporary culture.”

NEA Chairman Jane Chu commented, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from the Akron Art Museum offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

Programs accompanying Intersections reflect the interdisciplinary collaborations encouraged by the NEA award. Partnerships with Tuesday Musical Association, the University of Akron Synapse Lecture Series and Neos Dance Theatre will allow for enriched understandings of the exhibition.

Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space is organized by the Akron Art Museum and generously supported in part by the Lehner Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Special thanks to Hilton Garden Inn – Akron.

Find out more about Intersections at AkronArtMuseum.org

Related Programming

Intersections Opening Celebration
Friday September 30
Member Preview 6:30 pm; FREE Public Reception 7:30 – 9 pm
Be among the first to experience the multiple dimensions of Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space. Explore connections between sculptures and works on paper by Mark Fox, Anne Lindberg, Nathalie Miebach, John Newman, Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard, who create exciting compositions using non-traditional materials and processes. Enjoy conversations with artists, music with DJ Naeno, and an artmaking experience.

Gallery Tour with Isabel Farnsworth
Thursday October 6, 6:30 pm • FREE
Join sculptor and associate professor of art at Kent State University Isabel Farnsworth as she leads a tour exploring favored works of art in the Intersections exhibitions and the museum collection.

John Newman: Synapse Lecture
Folk Hall, University of Akron
Wednesday October 19, 6:30 pm • FREE
A graduate of Oberlin College and Yale University, New York-based artist John Newman imbues his work with an abiding interest in quantum mathematics, chaos and complexity theory and non-Euclidean and fractal geometries.

Artists’ Dialogue
Akron Art Museum Auditorium
Thursday October 20, 6:30 pm • FREE
Anne Lindberg, Andrea Myers, John Newman and Kate Budd (moderator)
Join Intersections artists Anne Lindberg and John Newman, Kent State University-Stark sculptor Andrea Myers and University of Akron professor Kate Budd for a panel discussion exploring relationships between their work in two and three dimensions, and the materials and scale they choose to realize their objectives.

Nathalie Miebach: Synapse Lecture
Folk Hall, University of Akron
Wednesday November 2, 6:30 pm • FREE
Artist Nathalie Miebach, a TED Fellowship recipient, will present her work, which investigates the intersection between art and science through her translations of data generated by weather systems into musical scores that become blueprints for sculptures.

Tuesday Musical FUZE Concert
Weather Scores: Science, Data, Sculpture & Music
Akron Art Museum Auditorium
Thursday November 3, 7 pm
Enjoy a special Tuesday Musical FUZE performance featuring music composed by Christian Gentry and Mischa Salkind-Pearl in collaboration with Intersections artist Nathalie Miebach. Parallel to Miebach’s woven sculptures, which function as three-dimensional musical scores, the compositions are based entirely on weather data. Northeast Ohio musicians will perform three compositions, including a world premiere of a work by Gentry commissioned by Tuesday Musical. Program will include a moderated discussion with the artist and composers. Tickets $25 at tuesdaymusical.org, or 330-761-3460 or at the door (limited seating).

Reading Under the Cloud Book Club—The Sculptor
Thursday November 10, 6 pm • FREE
Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, The Sculptor, by Scott McCloud. The discussion will conclude with a tour of Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space.

Neos Dance Theatre Performance
Symbiosis
Akron Art Museum Auditorium and Galleries
Saturday November 12, 7 pm
Neos Dance Theatre presents an evening of dance inspired by artwork in Intersections. Responding to the variety of media and approaches in the exhibition, Neos will perform new choreography informed by artists’ processes, music that inspires them and their studio environments. Enjoy an opportunity to experience art and dance in new ways. Symbiosis is supported by a generous grant from the Ohio Arts Council.
Tickets: $25 general admission; $15 for students, seniors, and Akron Art Museum members at www.neosdancetheatre.org or at the door (limited seating).

Film: Eva Hesse
Akron Art Museum Auditorium
Thursday December 1, 7 pm • FREE
 

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