Gallery 1C03 launches a new sculptural installation by Winnipeg artist Lynn Richardson on Thursday, November 2. With Inter-glacial Free Trade Agency.ca, Richardson anticipates a future ice age resulting from global warming. For years, the artist's environmental concerns have been integral to her three-dimensional works. "With each technological step forward," she notes, "there seems to be a corresponding slip backward in the struggle to preserve our fragile habitat. One by one ecosystems fragmented by a ruthless industrial agenda fail in their capacity to support life."
Working within the constraints of architectural minimalism - reduction and repetition reign supreme - Richardson creates several "iceberg" formations that overtake the gallery. Posing as working landscapes that incorporate motors, pipelines, oil drilling stations, railways and electrical lines, the sculptures entice viewers through their integration of sound, motion and light. As a whole, the exhibition considers the relationship between government and corporations "and its physical effect on our land to produce goods for consumption."
A recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Texas (Austin), Lynn Richardson obtained a BFA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in 1998. Richardson has exhibited her sculpture in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and in the United States and Taiwan. Earlier this year, her large-scale installation Red State was featured in the Supernovas group show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include a presentation of Inter-glacial Free Trade Agency at Regina's Dunlop Art Gallery in 2007 and a series of new works at Harcourt House in Edmonton in 2008. Richardson has received various awards for her art, including grants from the Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has taught sculpture at the University of Manitoba School of Art and at the University of Texas. In 2007, she will be artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska.
A free public opening reception will take place Thursday, November 2 from 4 - 6 p.m. Lynn Richardson will deliver an artist's talk on her work on Thursday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m. The exhibit continues until December 2.
Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges the support of the Manitoba Arts Council.
For more information contact University Art Curator Jennifer Gibson at 204.786.9253 or email@example.com.