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Environments of Invention
Minnesota Museum of American Art, 2007

The artists featured in Environments of Invention seek to understand the complexities of our environment as we perceive it and as it exists physically or as it has been constructed. The artists suggest that our direct sensory perception of the environment may not be as ‘natural’ as we tend to assume. The environment we live in is profoundly influenced and complicated by systems and structures that humans devise to make sense of it and to control it.

The interest in creating these works of art lies in the tension between what is familiar and what is imaginary. The artists do no not seek to make exact replicas of natural or built environments, rather they transform their investigation of the environment into objects reflective of it. They are interested in the relationship we form with environments, whether spatial, visual, emotional or interactive.
By taking the everyday object or encounter out of context, these artists share their version of reality-turned-fantasy and their critique of the environment as pure experience.

The artwork of Cherith Lundin emanates from within the experience of the domestic environment. Lundin often considers the way light interacts with different surfaces in the home such as wooden floors, curtains and, in this case, bedsheets.

Through this poetic interaction with her everyday surroundings, Drift evolved as an imaginary yet familiar landscape existing in the space she has created with the use of only a pencil.

Other artists in the exhibition: Holly Anderson Jorde, David Lefkowitz, Liz Miller, Erika Olson, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund

­–Theresa Downing

In the corner of the gallery, bed sheets drawn in pencil pile up as if a landscape of boulders, their illusion of mass and movement echoing the waves of the Mississippi river hitting the bluffs that the museum is situated upon seven stories below. This site-specific drawing continues my examination of the immensity of life within the most intimate of details: the constant ebb and flow of our existence. Here, I am playing with a sense of wonder that comes through dramatic shifts in scale, as well as a blurring of interior and exterior space.

Environments of Invention, Curated by Theresa Downing, Minnesota Museum of American Art, 2007

Read a review of the show here: Our Invented World(s), Ann Klefstad