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For immediate release: October 22, 2004 (updated December 28, 2004)

Media contacts: Karen Simonian, 614 292-9923 / ksimonian@wexarts.org or

Erik Pepple, 614 688-3261 / epepple@wexarts.org

LANDSCAPE CONFECTION OPENS NATIONAL TOUR AT

WEXNER CENTER GALLERIES AT THE BELMONT BUILDING

DELECTABLE EXHIBITION EXTENDS BOUNDARIES OF LANDSCAPE ART

WITH IMAGINATIVE WORKS IN SILK, EMBROIDERY, PAINT, WAX, AND MORE

Columbus—Kicking off a national tour in January, the whimsical and vividly colorful

exhibition Landscape Confection features nearly 50 imagined landscapes portrayed

in stitched fabric, beads, wax, metal, silk flowers, and other materials. The exhibition,

organized by the Wexner Center, brings together 13 emerging and mid-career artists

from around the globe, all working in the genre of landscape art in surprising new

ways. Landscape Confection is on view January 29–May 1, 2005

at the Wexner Center Galleries at The Belmont Building before traveling to the

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Orange County Museum of Art.

“Deceptively sweet, Landscape Confection abounds in diverse visual pleasures,” says

Landscape Confection curator Helen Molesworth, chief curator of exhibitions at the

Wexner Center. “At the same time, these works push the boundaries of painting’s

traditional references and sources.”

Some of the works in Landscape Confection are derived from topography, others from

the realm of fantasy and dreamscape. Some straddle the line between traditional

landscape art and abstraction. The artists in the show, many under the age of 40,

embrace the idea of the decorative, with influences ranging from naturalist illustrations

to impressionism to wallpaper patterns. Rowena Dring’s Untitled (Water) employs

stitched fabric and vibrant colors to render an impressionistic waterfall scene, placing

needlework, once disparaged as “women’s work,” into the realm of high art. Neal Rock

creates candy-colored bouquets of paint using cake-decorating tools. Ranjani Shettar’s

installation is made of hundreds of beeswax “buds” connected by dyed thread and is

suspended from different points of the ceiling. Other artists in the show, all working in

various media, are Pia Fries, Jason Gubbiotti, Jim Hodges, David Korty, Kori Newkirk,

Katie Pratt, Michael Raedecker, Lisa Sanditz, Amy Sillman, and Janaina Tschäpe.

The Ohio State University tel 614 292-0330 www.wexarts.org

1871 North High Street fax 614 292-3369

Columbus, Ohio 43210-1393


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CATALOGUE

A fully illustrated clothback catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with an essay by

Molesworth (“The Loneliness of the Decorative”) and entries on each artist by

Associate Curator of Exhibitions Claudine Isé. It will be for sale in the Wexner Center

Galleries at The Belmont Building and at the Wexner Center Bookshop.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Public programs include an artists panel and party on opening night; a symposium

titled “A Woman’s Work? The Revival of Traditional Textile Techniques in

Contemporary Art” February 19; family programs; and guided tours and gallery talks.

See the attached listing of related events for more information.

THE TOUR

Following its run in Columbus, Landscape Confection travels to the Contemporary Arts

Museum Houston July 23–September 11, 2005 and to the Orange County Museum of

Art February 5–May 7, 2006.

THE CURATOR

Helen Molesworth joined the Wexner Center as chief curator of exhibitions in November

2002. She has curated the video art exhibition Image Stream and Work Ethic (a touring

show) for the Wexner Center Galleries at The Belmont Building. Prior to joining the Wexner

Center, she served as curator of contemporary art at The Baltimore Museum of Art, and her

writings have appeared in Art Journal, Frieze, and October. She is the founding editor of

Documents, a magazine of contemporary visual culture.

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

The exhibition was organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Major support is provided by Univar USA, The Scotts Company, and Nancy and

David Gill.

Additional support is provided by Glavan Fehér Architects, National Endowment for

the Arts, and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.

Accommodations are provided by The Blackwell Inn.

Promotional support is provided by WBNS 10TV.


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WEXNER CENTER GALLERIES AT THE BELMONT BUILDING

Wexner Center exhibitions are being held at the Wexner Center Galleries at The

Belmont Building all season while the galleries at the Wexner Center’s Ohio State

location undergo renovation. The four-story Belmont Building is the former home of

Belmont Casket, considered “the Cadillac of Caskets.” Constructed in 1885, the

building sits in a high-growth area in downtown Columbus, just between the booming

Arena District and the historically industrial River District.

VISITOR INFORMATION: The Wexner Center Galleries at The Belmont Building are

located at Spring Street and Neil Avenue in the Arena District in downtown Columbus.

Hours are 11 am–6 pm Tuesday–Wednesday; 11 am–9 pm Thursday; 11 am–6 pm

Friday; noon–6 pm Saturday–Sunday. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission and

parking are free. The Belmont Deli is open 7:30 am–4 pm weekdays.

WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University’s multidisciplinary,

international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art.

Through exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and educational

programs, the Wexner Center acts as a forum where established and emerging artists

can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that

enhance understanding of the art of our time. In its programs, the Wexner Center

balances a commitment to experimentation with a commitment to traditions of innovation

and affirms the university’s mission of education, research, and community service.

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