Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to open its 20th anniversary season with Anne Lindberg: sustaining pedal. The newest addition to our roster, Lindberg will conceive an ambitious museum-scale installation in the gallery, alongside a selection of two-dimensional drawings. sustaining pedal is Lindberg’s first solo exhibition at the Carrie Secrist Gallery.
In the main gallery, Anne Lindberg will construct a site-specific floating drawing composed of fine parallel threads and staples. Stretching individual strands of cotton thread taut from opposing walls, Lindberg creates a translucent volume of color with varying hues. Individual lines vibrate and pulsate with slightly different tonalities, playing tricks on viewers’ optical nerves. These changes in tone and density elicit the concept of sustaining pedal. As a musical note becomes airborne, a piano’s sustain pedal dampers the instrument’s strings, extending and elongating the life of the note into space, bringing out its full character. The resulting sound, resonant and complex, acts as an acoustic metaphor for Lindberg’s work. This notion of a singular element stretching into the orchestral whole reiterates Lindberg’s examination of the rise and fall of the parallel line.
Likewise, Lindberg’s two-dimensional pieces (graphite and colored pencil on cotton mat board) hold the same aesthetic impulse. Drafted with an architect’s parallel bar, the imagery comprises tightly spaced lines that vary in density and darkness. In the artist’s indexical translation of the three-dimensional into the two-dimensional, the pencil drawings are subject to the uncontrolled internal movements of her body. The exactitude of this mark making ultimately betrays the organic, human aspect of Lindberg’s linear images.
A 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grantee, Anne Lindberg recently presented solo installations at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE. Past exhibitions in the US include the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; and the Drawing Center, New York, NY. International exhibits include Bom Retiro Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway. Lindberg’s accolades include a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, two ArtsKC Fund Inspiration grants, a Lighton International Artists Exchange Grant, an American Institute of Architects Allied Arts and Crafts award, and a Mid-American National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Lindberg lives and works in Kansas City, MO and New York, NY.