"Where There Were Many" a collaborative "growing" exhibit by artists Katie Hargrave and Amber Ginsburg, and Luther College Art 111 3D Processes students, taught by Joe Madrigal, will be on display March 24-April 29, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus.
A gallery reception for the artists will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Both the gallery reception and the exhibit are open to the public with no charge for admission. All are encouraged to visit the exhibit during the opening week and to revisit throughout the duration of the exhibit to experience the growth and change over the course of the show.
The featured piece, "Where There Were Many," looks to the forest as a way to understand collaboration, ethics, growing and undoing. Luther 3D Processes students will be provided a unique opportunity to work with practicing artists on the art installation that "grows" over the course of the exhibition using repurposed wood to build a forest.
"Where There Were Many" is one in a series of works by Hargrave and Ginsburg that proposes acts of undoing as opportunities for conversations about ethics and ecology.
Collaborating for the past 10 years, Hargrave and Ginsburg use American history as a starting point, crafting their work in narratives articulated through the use of material and actions associated with historic tools and the sewing box. Their installations are multi-media affairs that look back to the cultural imagination of Colonial America. The barn raising, the quilting bee, and the harvest celebration are consistently visible in their works. Their goal is to highlight the past while examining the future.
Hargrave received a Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia and Video from the University of Iowa, and master's degrees in cultural production from Brandeis University and intermedia and video from the University of Iowa. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She currently has art exhibits featured at Luther and Augsburg College.
Ginsburg received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in Ceramics from Illinois State University. She is currently a lecturer in the Division of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.
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