Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to present gallery artist Anne Lindberg’s vivid messenger. This virtual exhibition of new work made in her Hudson Valley studio between late 2019 and mid-May 2020 will debut on June 27 in our Online Viewing Room through July 25, 2020.
Contextually placed and presented within our new world order, Lindberg’s small mostly square drawings, made with graphite and colored pencil, quantify a particular shared moment, express an exploratory tone and represent Lindberg’s experience therein. Advancing her use of abstraction and emotive fields of lines, these drawings continue to explore atmospheric, rhythmic layers of luminous color. Importantly, the objective capacity of what these formal drawings represent directly relates to when and where they were made.
In late 2019, Lindberg made a series of small drawings called something clear. Each drawing suggests a shadow entering the space of the drawing, a crisp clear shape coming from an ambiguous source. Who knew that in late February, just a couple of months later, the world would come under a viral shadow and suddenly become so uncertain, uneasy, so unclear? COVID-19 is a vivid messenger standing at our doorstep right now, busting the door open. This virus and the pain, loss and havoc it is creating across the globe brings into stark reality the intertwined relationship between climate and human health.
Responding to these national and global emergencies, Lindberg has linked the time of their making to the emergence of two annual spring arrivals at her studio in New York State’s Hudson Valley: spring peepers in late February, followed in April by the cacophonous medley of the bobolinks. The annual song of the tiny peepers (frogs the size of a green grape who sing all night) and the goofy chatter of the bobolink (striking black & white birds with brilliant yellow markings who gurgle all day as they nest in grassy fields) guided her along the way.
After the state of New York began shelter-in-place in early March, Lindberg was moved to quickly respond through drawing. What evolved is a series of flash drawings — tonal fields of graphite and colored pencil with interruptions, exceptions, unannounced shifts, surprises, disturbances, intrusions, flashes of errant color – that messenger at the door. These new drawings, richly layered with striking passages of color, reflect Lindberg’s psychological state. They are choruses of rapture and despair, at once rhythmic and continuous, and then suddenly flashed with color. Ultimately, they are honest expressions of this difficult moment in time.
At the request of Anne Lindberg, 10% of all sales will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help Chicagoans that have been affected by COVID-19.