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Redefining color and vision with thread

Projects | July 2, 2012 | By:

“Andante green,” a room-sized installation in the Nevada Museum of Art, consists of fine Egyptian cotton thread and staples—and suggests that these simple materials can evoke a landscape of shifting color, light and shadow that “spans the outer reaches of our peripheral vision,” according to artist Anne Lindberg. Lindberg, artist and former teacher at the Kansas City Art Institute and Cranbrook Academy of Art, calls her current exhibition “Modal Lines,” illustrating how simple lines made of colored thread and graphite can move, vibrate and challenge viewers’ perceptions.

Her room-sized installations feature thousands of fine threads in different hues suspended from the walls. Viewers peer through layers of thread colors that shift as subtle lighting alters the palette, uncertain about the boundaries of the wall because of the transparency between threads. Lindberg’s meditative style has been displayed at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Drawing Center in New York, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sheldon Memorial Art Museum. She was recently awarded the 2011 Painters & Sculptors Joan Mitchell Foundation Award.

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