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Akron Art Museum features 2D, 3D works in Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space

Published: September 16, 2016 12:00 AM
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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 Sept. 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.

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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.

For her Akron installation, Turtle, Pfaff 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.

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.

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 13 arts disciplines.

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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."

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.

Find out more about Intersections at AkronArtMuseum.org

Related Programming

Intersections Opening Celebration

Sept. 30

Member Preview 6:30 p.m.; free public reception 7:30 to 9 p.m.

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

Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m., 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

Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., 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

Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., 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

Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m., 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

Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

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.

Reading Under the Cloud Book Club--The Sculptor

Nov. 10, 6 p.m., 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


Akron Art Museum Auditorium and Galleries

Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

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.

Film: Eva Hesse

Akron Art Museum Auditorium

Dec. 1, 7 p.m., free

About the Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum is at One South High in downtown Akron. For details, call 330-376-9185 or visit www.akronartmuseum.org online.

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