Exhibition Archive
September 2, 2014 – October 31, 2014
Lansing Art Gallery is pleased to present Sarah Lindley & Norwood Viviano's latest exhibition Of Consequences: Industry & Surrounds.

Sarah Lindley and Norwood Viviano’s work responds to the push-play power dynamics in early American industry and the towns that grew up around it. Their individual and collaborative practices consider the tension between historical modes of manufacturing and contemporary notions of efficiency in addition to industry’s influence on the individual and collective narratives in surrounding communities. Works featured in Of Consequence: Industry and Surrounds at Lansing Art Gallery include sculptures based on Michigan’s industrial cityscapes and the original Kohler Company factory in Kohler, WI, where Lindley and Viviano participated in the Arts-Industry Residency program in 2010, 2011 and 2012. As Resident Artists they were invited to utilize the resources and technologies of the production environment to create their own work. Their renditions of the village, factory and neighboring landfill sit atop sinks and toilet tank lids from the production line. During the residencies, they combined industrial technologies (rapid prototyping, slip casting, production) with play technologies (staging and the miniature) to reference notions of dependence, control and consequence.

Also featured in the exhibition are works from Lindley’s structural renditions of architecture and shifting sediment and Viviano’s Re-casting Michigan series. Lindley’s project is formed from clay bodies that have been saturated with stains and oxides. While creating this work, she references topographical maps, aerial photographs and city records to form constructions that follow the natural evolution of architecture and terrain. She uses minute linear elements to compose renditions of abandoned mills and then stretches, rolls and manipulates them for water and land. The final loose and open structure exists like a three-dimensional drawing in a brittle vitrified state. Viviano’s sculptures and digital prints reference the role of industry in urban expansion, population growth and decline. He uses material processes and rapid prototyping initially designed for the automotive industry generate patterns for metal casting and fabrication. Similar to geodes in appearance, the objects reference land use, boundaries, and time through line and form. Contours are defined by geography, the city’s industry, and the absence of the adjoining cities. The extrusion of the contour connects the age of the city and its population change over time.

Exhibition Details
Artist
Sarah Lindley & Norwood Viviano
Media
Ceramic/Mixed Media