Artists Ligia Bouton, Joan Linder at Faulconer Gallery

February 24, 2017

Thursday, March 2 & Thursday, March 9, 2017

 In March the Faulconer Gallery will feature talks by artists Ligia Bouton and Joan Linder ’92.

Bouton will speak on Thursday, March 2, and Linder on Thursday, March 9. Both events, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bouton spent her childhood in London and studied at both Vassar College and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her creative work combines sculpture and drawing with performance, digital video and photography. Each project wrestles with the intersection of functionality and narrative, drawing on sources from art history, classical and contemporary literature and science.

Her projects have been installed in New York at Bill Maynes Gallery and Denise Bibro Fine Art, in Colorado at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and in New Jersey at City Without Walls. Her video work has been included in national and international festivals, including The Female Avant Garde Festival in Prague.

Grinnell College owns a large drawing and a glass wall sculpture by Bouton. Both are on view in the Print and Drawing Study Room in Burling Library, 1111 Sixth Ave., Grinnell. The room is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and by appointment.

Linder uses drawing to uncover how history can be buried: as artifacts in the ground, and as documents in the archive. Her work is currently on view in the exhibition "Operation Sunshine" at the Faulconer Gallery (through March 19). Linder will be a visiting artist at Grinnell from March 6 through 10, sponsored by Artists@Grinnell.

In her public talk on March 9, Linder will discuss how her art explores brownfields and toxic waste sites near Niagara Falls, and delves into the related documents. A reception will follow in the rotunda of the Bucksbaum Center. Her talk is part of the Symposium on Technology and Human Rights, sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights.

In addition, Linder invites individuals to observe her creative process and interact with her during Drawing in the Gallery events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, and from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. While in the gallery, she will be hand-copying documents for her Toxic Archive.

Linder is a native of suburban New York, and now lives and works in Brooklyn and Buffalo, New York. She is department chair and an associate professor of drawing at the University of Buffalo. Her work focuses on drawings that transform mundane subjects into rich images, delving into themes such as the politics of war and sexual identity and power.

Her work has been displayed throughout the United States and in countries around the world, including Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan and South Korea. She is currently represented by Mixed Green Gallery in New York City.

The Faulconer Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with the exception of major holidays. The gallery presents exhibitions of regional, national and international significance. In addition, the gallery serves the educational mission of the College while also giving students and the general public the chance to interact with a diverse range of artistic exhibitions, from easel paintings and installation art to drawings and video.

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