Lin Emery

Exhibition Dates: March 7 – April 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7 from 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999;

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of sculpture by Lin Emery. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger Gallery, located at 432 Julia Street, from March 7 – April 25, 2015. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance, Saturday, March 7 from 6-8 pm.

Umbrella Tree, 2014 Polished and brushed aluminum, 117 x 127 (orbit) inches

Umbrella Tree, 2014
Polished and brushed aluminum,
117 x 127 (orbit) inches

This exhibition of new kinetic sculptures by Lin Emery features large-scale and pedestal works, as well as two suspended works. The elements in the sculptures continue to be derived from nature and adopt natural elements such as wind to set them in motion. The two suspended works – one ceiling- and the other wall-mounted – are motorized. This is the artist’s tenth exhibition with the gallery.

Umbrella Tree illustrates the artist’s recurrent enthusiasm for the profiles of the natural world – an elegant yet substantial trunk beckons the viewer to stroll beneath its almost 10-foot high canopy of brushed aluminum leaves. Also included are two multiples in editions of six – Red and Begonia. These small-scale works maintain the ethereal quality of the artist’s larger works, and include striking painted shapes of bold red and orange respectively, which move in harmony with the polished aluminum.

Frequency of form, balance points and the interruption of the counterpoise all influence the various rhythms of the works. The artist tunes each of these variables to achieve the desired consonance, and then relinquishes the ultimate performance to the sculpture itself. Emery says, “Sculpture is living, it’s vital, it’s changeable. Even when you walk around it, it can be something different. Drawing is a reflection and coordinating eye and hand, but sculpture is your mind and an idea.”

Emery has exhibited throughout the United States as well as in England, Japan, Australia, Germany and France. In 1996 Emery had an acclaimed comprehensive retrospective exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. In 1997 she completed an immense abstract kinetic sculpture for placement in Osaka, Japan and was awarded the Grand Prize for Public Sculpture in Japan. Emery also installed a major sculpture in the Zen Garden of the Hohen-in Temple in Kyoto, Japan. In Louisiana, her public commissions can be seen throughout the state at sites including the Louisiana State Library in Baton Rouge, Knight Oil Tools and The Neurological Hospital in Lafayette, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel and the Inter-Continental Hotel in New Orleans. Emery is the 2012 Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Opus Award honoree and a 2013 winner of the biennial Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium.