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For immediate release: October 22, 2004 (updated December 28, 2004)
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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
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Columbus, Ohio 43210-1393
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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 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.
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.
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.
The exhibition was organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Major support is provided by Univar USA, The Scotts Company, and Nancy and
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.