Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: I have Always Been Going North


Anne Lindberg
I have always been going North 01, 2011
Archival pigment print, ink pen
Image: 17 x 12 inches
Paper: 29 x 20 inches
Frame: 21 x 26 x 1 1/2 inches



During some gallery hopping in Chicago last weekend I saw some wonderful images by Anne Lindberg. Her show I have always been going North is currently up at the Carrie Secrist Gallery.
The mixed media pieces examine relations between the qualities of public and private space.

This body of work was created from 2010-11, around the time Lindberg spent in residence in Svolvaer, Norway, a coastal fishing community in the Lofoten archipelago north of the Arctic Circle. In that region, cod, salmon, and herring are fished and put out to dry on large-scale wooden frameworks for “lutefisk,” or dried cod. Inspired by the formal and cultural architectures of these fish racks, Lindberg imitates their basic structures in ink pen atop photographic images of domestic spaces.  -Carrie Secrist Gallery Press Release


Anne Lindberg
I have always been going North 02, 2011
Archival pigment print, ink pen
Image: 17 x 12 inches
Paper: 29 x 20 inches
Frame: 21 x 26 x 1 1/2 inches



With these images, Lindberg drew crisscross structures onto photographs of interior domestic space, and at first, I saw the structures as fences. In many of the images they seem to be guarding and holding together the domestic space on which they lie. After reading the galleries synopsis of the show I learned that the images were of large wooden frames used for drying fish.


Anne Lindberg
I have always been going North 04, 2011
Archival pigment print, ink pen
Image: 17 x 12 inches
Paper: 29 x 20 inches
Frame: 21 x 26 x 1 1/2 inches


Anne Lindberg
I have always been going North 05, 2011
Archival pigment print, ink pen
Image: 17 x 12 inches
Paper: 29 x 20 inches
Frame: 21 x 26 x 1 1/2 inches



Most of the pieces give me a sense of comfort as well as tension. The soft white and grey of the domestic space is a bit comforting, yet this translucent quality also gives a sense of something that is immaterial and transitory. The structures drawn on the photographs, though they too are light and transparent, have a sort of permanence. They offer stability to the fleeting space, but they also act as barriers.


Anne Lindberg
I have always been going North 10, 2011
Archival pigment print, ink pen
Image: 17 x 12 inches
Paper: 29 x 20 inches
Frame: 21 x 26 x 1 1/2 inches



When I look at I have always been going north 10, I want to open the curtain, but can't because the drawn structure keeps me out. This aesthetic tension is a very good thing. It makes me want to keep looking, to keep pushing with my eyes, and to keep searching the image. It encourages me to maintain a visual dialogue with the image.

The show is up for one more week. Go see it!


I Have Always Been Going North
February 15 - March 15, 2014

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