Lin Emery: Ruminations

March 3, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

Exhibition Dates: March 3 – April 21 , 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3 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 Ruminations, an exhibition of kinetic sculpture by Lin Emery. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger Gallery, located at 432 Julia Street, from March 3 – April 21, 2018. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Saturday, March 3 from 6 – 8 pm

The exhibition of new work by the accomplished 92-year-old sculptor features small-scale kinetic sculpture along with one large piece. All of the sculptures are literal and figurative and are derived from what Lin Emery has encountered in nature. “The sculptures continue my sight to record the moving world that I see around me. The shapes of the elements echo forms of trees, flowers, birds, levees, and waves,” says Emery. The sculpture honors the only vegetation that survived the bombing of Hiroshima called Hibakujumoku. Several pieces are versions of somersaults and Return intends to portray the infinity concept of  “Ouroboros”. 

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 Intercontinental 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.

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