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Libby Wadsworth: Always InFormation

September 9, 2021 - November 9, 2021

Free
Melancholic, shadowed shades of green are dripped and smeared and smudged into the background, silhouettes of leaves and a small, cream-colored tea mug rising to the surface. The words "but also" are hidden somewhere in between.

Observing, processing, experimenting, arranging: Libby Wadsworth has been busy in her Eugene studio over the last year. Her practice spans multiple media, including letterpress printmaking, painting, and photography, in which she teases open written language with her thoughtfully composed visual arrangements. Always InFormation presents new work created almost entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic that demonstrates Wadsworth’s evolving interest in blurring the distinctions between text and image. Handset letters of the alphabet operate as aesthetic objects as they float, break apart, or recede into space. Our eyes receive the information, but are we viewers, or readers?

Working in series, Wadsworth subtly presents different moments of investigation and contemplation: in fractures, one of several bodies of work created during this time of collective crisis and social distancing, selected words and pairings dance around shards of a broken teacup. Her latest oil paintings on canvas set text, still life objects, and natural motifs into action, as drips and layers of paint frame stenciled letters. Throughout Always InFormation, Wadsworth finds both the tension and the beauty that exists in our present moment and the spaces “in between” our words and experiences. This exhibition and an accompanying catalog are made possible by the Hartz FUNd for Contemporary Art.

Details

Start:
September 9, 2021
End:
November 9, 2021
Cost:
Free
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https://jsma.uoregon.edu/LibbyWadsworth

Organizer

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Phone:
541-346-3027
Email:
debbiews@uoregon.edu
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Accessibility
None
Diversity
Women curated, Women artist(s)
Event Type
Museum, Visual Art
Pandemic Info
Open

Venue

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
1430 Johnson Lane
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Phone:
541-346-3027
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