Anders Bergstrom and Ruth Lingen “Double Life”


poster for Anders Bergstrom and Ruth Lingen “Double Life”

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Planthouse presents Double Life, two concurrent solo shows of new works by Anders Bergstrom and Ruth Lingen.

Completed in 2019, these unique works are a combination of soft ground etching and simultaneous color viscosity monotype. For Bergstrom this new process of viscosity printing was challenging and inspiring, setting in motion a productive moment in his practice. The process offered a freedom to be spontaneous, and the resulting series of prints and objects break new ground for the artist’s work.

Bergstom’s subject, the common brown bag, is familiar to the artist and those who know his work. But there is now a more playful, less reality-based result, allowing this new series to be more colorful, painterly, and thought-provoking.

In representing this common object in modern life, the brown bag, these works are strange and familiar. They inspire thought and wonder at what may have lead up to the moment it was found, pinned, splashed, stained or otherwise altered into its current state. This subject can be interpreted through different lenses: contemporary artifact, utility design object, garbage, ready-made, memory, street detritus, lunch sack, environmental concerns or societal connotations.

Anders Bergstrom (1971) was born in Tucson, Arizona and has a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Fine Arts from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Bergstrom’s work is held in the collections of The New York Public Library, University of New Hampshire, Beinecke Library at Yale University, Smith College Museum of Art, MA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Recent exhibitions include Pulled in Brooklyn, International Print Center New York, NY; Anders Bergstrom: Recent Work, presented by Dolan/Maxwell and C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Things, The McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University; Print Think, Temple Contemporary, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Drawings and Prints: Selections from The Met Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Four More Years, Planthouse, New York, NY; Anders Bergstrom: Prints, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA.

All of the works in Double Life, by Ruth Lingen, involve hand-set type and letterpress; some of them are combined with lithography and handmade paper.

Although typically her subject matter is based in language, often with a historical reference, some of these new works are photo-based and were inspired by the Women’s March in New York City, 2018. This series of political works aspire to be commemorative, encouraging documentation and inspiration.

Ruth Lingen lives and works in New York City, and she is the director of Line Press Limited, a studio in Brooklyn dedicated to handmade books and prints. In addition, she is a consultant at Pace Prints. Lingen’s work is held in the permanent collections of The New York Public Library, The Getty Research Institute, Walker Art Center, University of Wisconsin, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the St. Louis Art Museum.



from April 16, 2019 to May 11, 2019

Closing Reception on 2019-05-09 from 18:00 to 20:00

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