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Phragmites, Apple, Blackraspberry

Title: Phragmites, Apple, Blackraspberry

Artist: Elizabeth Billings

parallel 11 (plumbago)

Gallery Talk: LINEage
October 20, 2011 (5:00 PM - 12:00 AM)
Location: TBA

Reception: LINEage
October 21, 2011 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: Grunwald Gallery

Performance: New Art New Music
A Performance by the Student Composer Association
November 15, 2011 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Location: Grunwald Gallery

The Grunwald Gallery of Art is pleased to announce LINEage new work by Elizabeth Billings, Anne Lindberg, and Rowland Ricketts. The artists will give a lecture about their work on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. This exhibition will open to the public with an opening reception Friday, October 21, 6:00 – 8:00pm and be on view through Friday, November 18, 2011. All events are free and open to the public.

The collective sensibility that grows out of shared histories bring Elizabeth Billings, Anne Lindberg, and Rowland Ricketts together in LINEage. In this exhibition of new work, Billings, Lindberg, and Ricketts focus their attention on their similar yet unique use of lines and linear materials. As material/fiber based artists, lines are used in all of their work, both two and three dimensional, in the process of weaving, dyeing, stitching, drawing and building. Indigo dye and its many implications has, for all of the artists at one time, been a central focus of their studio practice. This rich mixture of experiences has brought forth individual approaches toward their current work, yet their common belief has always been to meaningfully address both aesthetic and cultural questions of place, manufacture, nature and history. They investigate issues of light, tone, rhythm, space, and time, which infiltrate all of the work in provocative ways and serve to bridge and link their varying art practices.

Rowland Ricketts states: “I’m very pleased for this exhibit to become a reality here at IU. Anne, Liz, and I first started talking about the possibility of exhibiting together when our work was included in a retrospective exhibit of the Fiber Program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, from which we all graduated. (Anne – 1988; Liz – 1989; Rowland – 2005). While looking at that exhibit together we were struck by the similarity of the idea of line that we all share. Yet at the same time, this similar starting point led us each to such different work – Anne in drawing, Liz in sculptural and Rowland in woven works. It is especially wonderful for me to have this opportunity to exhibit with Anne as she was my instructor for my final semester while at Cranbrook.”

Billings, Lindberg, and Rickets attended the same graduate program in the Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Their early undergraduate studies were in the liberal arts disciplines of anthropology, literature and history. Elizabeth Billings has many public art projects in Vermont and various locations around the US. Anne Linberg has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Drawing Center, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheldon Memorial Art Museum, Belger Art Center, The Writer's Place, Macalester College, North Carolina State University, as well as venues in New Zealand, Quebec and Japan. Rowland Ricketts is an Assistant Professor in the Textiles Department at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art, Indiana University and exhibited extensively through the United States, including Douglas Dawson Gallery in Chicago, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, and throughout the Midwest, as well as abroad in Japan and France.