With a single line, or strike-through of text, the Iowa State Legislature took funding from The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and applied it to the Iowa Nutrient Research Center. The blunt action of the line-out appears simple, but the consequences and signals of this action are significant. In the past, I have considered the line as a thing which connects, aligns, and accumulates to build form. It is a way to move through space. It is a beginning. The line used in appropriations is a line of negation and it is this use that struck me. Pieces of grass are placed on paper in a composition resembling botanical illustration, and the space around them is lined-out, obscuring context and making it difficult to notice the grass. They’re attractive, but this pleasing quality is ultimately a diversion from the form.
Embark is the inaugural exhibition for Rush Hall at Wilkins and the George Stout Fellowship for Art in the Public Sphere.
The exhibit features work from five artists focusing on themes that emerged from the cultural history of the Younkers Tea Room, aspects of the local history in Madison County and the rural Midwest, global ecology and the human/non-human relationship, and formal explorations of shifting and layered grids. The exhibit will be unveiled in conjunction with the re-opening of the Tea Room on September 6th and closing January 3rd, 2018.
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The Correspondence Project was recently honored to be a part of the National Endowment for the Arts 50th Anniversary celebration. Watch the short video below to see more on this project and the arts in Iowa.