Greg Lindquist and Mary Mattingly: ON LAND
Mar 21, 2014 - Apr 28, 2014
On Land features photography, painting, and sculpture by New York-based artists Greg Lindquist and Mary Mattingly.
Greg Lindquist’s paintings and photographs depict specific geographical sites that represent political, economic and physical forces altering our land. While his networks of colorful abstract paintings at first suggest placid landscapes, upon closer inspection alongside their photographic referents, the paintings become unsettling, sickly and toxic. The constellation of sites depicted in the these works include: weathered pilings from Rozel Point piers on the Great Salt Lake indicate exhausted oil seeps; the otherworldly Tufa tower formations of Mono Lake connect the pilfering water diversions for Los Angeles and surrounding agriculture; the swirls of coal ash in the Dan River implicate the early February 2014 Duke Energy coal ash pond spill in Eden, North Carolina. Lindquist will also create a large scale wall painting installation. With a sublime ethos and scale, this site specific painting urges accountability beyond palliative actions for the 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled. At the same time that this painting is created in Flanders Gallery, employees of Duke Energy and the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources agency will go before a grand jury in federal court nine blocks away in downtown Raleigh. Lindquist’s paintings directly address environmental degradation caused by companies and the disenfranchisement of nature and individuals.
Mary Mattingly combines sculpture, performance, and photography. Her public projects contain ecosystems that create food, energy, and water. They explore interdependent networks that combine urban livelihood with living sustainably alongside nature. These sculptures incorporate the lattices of geodesic domes, brought to prominence by Buckminster Fuller’s work at the NCSU School of Design and Black Mountain College during the 1940s and 50s. Revisiting Fuller’s utopian vision of the dome as democratic architecture for suburban postwar housing, Mattingly repurposes these forms to foresee dystopian futures with limited resources from endless economic expansion. Using the steel conduit from these public projects, Mattingly has created totemic sculptures imbued with their history, making them site specifically for the exhibition. Mattingly’s photographs of boulder-like sculptures made from mass-produced objects become icons for global exploitation of labor and the earth’s resources. Through a chain of formal and informal exchanges, resources are mined, objects are produced, distributed, bought, exchanged and eventually disposed. Mattingly’s photographs of these castoffs-turned-sculptures echo the processes themselves. Montaged images of disparate locations, time, and space, they are both familiar and foreign.
Greg Lindquist is a NC native who attended the NCSU College of Design before moving to New York to attend Pratt Institute. His work has been exhibited at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC, Y Gallery, NYC, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bethel University, NCSU College of Design, University Arizona Museum of Art, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.
He was awarded the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation Grant, the Pollock Krasner, and ArtOMI residency. His work has been written about in ARTnews, Art in America, artcritical.com, Bomblog, Independent Weekly, The News and Observer, The New York Sun and Sculpture. He is currently participating in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in DUMBO, NY.
Mary Mattingly’s work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Seoul Art Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Palais de Tokyo, among others. Mattingly’s public art projects include: the Waterpod Project (2009), Flock House Project (2012),Triple Island (2013), and WetLand (2014). She has been awarded grants and fellowships, including James L. Knight Foundation, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, NYFA, and the Jerome Foundation. Mattingly participated in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, ArtOMI and in smARTpower initiative with the U.S. Department of State and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Artforum, ArtNews, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Financial Times, Le Monde Magazine, New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and on BBC News, MSNBC, Fox News, News12, NPR, WNBC, and recently on Art21's New York Close Up series. She currently has an exhibition at the Bemis Center for the Arts in Omaha, NE.
Lindquist and Mattingly will be variously lecturing at NCSU College of Design, East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Pembroke during their time in North Carolina. They have also made a limited edition of linoleum prints especially for the exhibition. For more information, please contact Kelly McChesney at 919-834-5044.