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Invisible: Ingrid Lilligren

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 5, 6 – 9 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Sunday February 8, 2 – 4 p.m.
Continuing: February 5-22, 2015

INVISIBLE

Past projects by Lilligren incorporating Braille have led to further explorations of this tactile writing system. Developed in the 1820’s by Frenchman Louis Braille, this text is comprised of a rectangular six-dot cell on its end, with up to 64 possible combinations that use one or more of the six dots. This allows those without sight access to texts and a form of communication similar to what is available to sighted individuals. For the sighted, Braille appears as a rhythmic flow of patterns, a visual language evoking meaning. In these projects Braille is incorporated as a symbolic language expressing cultural and political blindness and as a reference to the blindness of love.

The WUHO gallery walls houses a narrative text in Braille; the content addresses nine contested substances and the subject subsumes the notion of making the invisible visible through the use patterns. The exhibition is part of an ongoing investigation of the ways pattern, language, and visual art interact. Situated on the floor beneath the wall text are a series of empty vessels, relics of past, present and future acts of containing.

BIOGRAPHY:

Ingrid Lilligren, professor and chair, Department of Art and Visual Culture, College of Design, Iowa State University, teaches courses in ceramics and public art. She earned a BFA degree at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and an MFA degree at The Claremont Graduate University. Recent exhibitions include the Des Moines Art Center, Museum of the Hand in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Brunnier Art Museum. Her artwork is held in public collections including Grinnell College, Iowa State University, and the Sioux City Art Center and numerous private collections. Lilligren has been instrumental in the development of a community arts outreach program linking the department and ISU Extension. Through initiatives like the Artist Next Door, the Biorenewables Art Competition, and the Relationships cycle of exhibitions at the Brunnier Art Museum, the role of the visual arts as a driver for innovation and creative linkage across campus and communities has been strengthened.

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