IMPRINT: Dual Print Exhibitions
January 29 - March 5, 2017
Lecture and Reception: 6:10 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2016
The University of Southern Indiana McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries will host IMPRINT: Dual Print Exhibitions from January 29 to March 5.
The first exhibit is titled Returns, and features prints and ceramics works by Emmy Lingscheit, USI's spring 2017 visiting artist. Lingscheit will present an illustrated lecture on her artwork at 6:10 p.m., Thursday, February 2 in Kleymeyer Hall in the Liberal Arts Center. There will be a public reception for her immediately after the talk in the galleries.
The second exhibit presents selected prints from the University Art Collection. It features works from Repair, Repurpose, Reuse: outwitting planned obsolescence, a 24-artist print portfolio curated by Brett Anderson, assistant professor of art, for the 2016 Southern Graphics Council International Conference in Portland, Oregon, which he donated to the Collection.
Emmy Lingscheit creates prints and ceramic figures which probe the interactions and interrelationships between natural and human-made worlds and the increasingly unclear boundaries between them. Animals, both extinct and endangered, are depicted grappling with artificial materials, structures and systems, often losing the battle to survive in an overwhelmingly hostile and synthetic environment. Her large disassembled ceramic coyotes on display represent the complications of survival for animals in urban areas. “My work is informed by dystopian fiction, climate disruption, irony, hope and the current alarming pace of species extinction planet-wide,” Lingscheit said. Lingscheit participates in the long tradition of and contemporary attentiveness to the dialogue between art, science and culture.
Bound, lithograph with screenprint, 2016, Emmy Lingscheit
Canis Latrans Mount (yellow version), cast vitreous china, glaze, Emmy Lingscheit
Emmy Lingscheit is an assistant professor and coordinator of printmaking at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has a bachelor's degree in painting from St. Cloud State University and a master's degree in printmaking from the University of Tennessee. Lingscheit has received residencies at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio; Ucross in Sheridan, Wyoming; and the Kohler Art/Industry Residency in Kohler, Wisconsin, where she created large-scale glazed and unglazed vitreous china coyotes. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, Nash Gallery in Minneapolis and The International Print Center in New York City.
The prints in the Repair, Repurpose, Reuse: outwitting planned obsolescence portfolio speak to the mass accumulation of "things" that signifies happiness and success in contemporary culture. The modern capitalist notions that new is always better and progress is our most important product have created the dilemmas the Earth's inhabitants now face: climate change, pollution and overpopulation, never-degrading and constantly growing tons of trash, urban sprawl and the global inequality of wealth. Many in our new century have embraced concepts last practiced on a large scale in the Great Depression – repairing, recycling, reusing – to preserve and protect themselves and their planet.
The colophon for the portfolio states, "With both sincerity and satire, this collection of images reflects upon the moral and aesthetic importance of a culture that values durability and the reuse of material goods instead of the one that ignores the negative externalities of planned obsolescence."
The University of Southern Indiana has over 1,000 prints in its permanent collection, the largest category in the over 3,200 art objects in USI's care. Prints with animal and nature-based imagery were selected to complement the Repair, Repurpose, Reuse portfolio and the artworks of Emmy Lingscheit also on display in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries.
The McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries, located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center on USI's campus, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 812-228-5006.