Lynne Harlow “Lodestar”

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MINUS SPACE presents the exhibition Lynne Harlow: Lodestar, which premieres a suite of new sculpture in glass by the Providence, Rhode Island-based artist. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery since 2007.

For her exhibition Lodestar, Lynne Harlow presents a configuration of new small-scale, glass artworks, which are cast from molds taken of specific rocks collected by the artist at personally-resonant sites in the United States and Europe, such as Downeast, Maine; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and Delphi, Greece.

The term lodestar refers to a guiding star, such as the North Star Polaris, which serves to help navigate individuals through space at night. According to the artist, her sculptures are intended to both “guide and anchor the viewer in the world by fusing the natural and humanmade into a singular, intimate object that is translucent and yet feels hefty in the hand.”

Harlow’s new works build upon her decades-long investigation of the intersection of color, light, and material expressed in a highly-reductive visual language. The artist’s glass sculptures are characteristically monochromatic and possess a single ethereal color, such as vibrant yellow, glowing orange, celestial blue, or blush pink. Additional new works by the artist, including a suite of silk organza on wooden panel pieces, will also be on view in her exhibition.

Throughout her decades-long studio practice, Harlow has contemplated, “How little is enough? How much can be taken away before a piece crumbles? I arrive at my pieces by reducing physical and visual information. This process of reduction, a steady taking away, is ultimately intended to be an act of generosity. In each piece I’m looking for the point at which these reductions allow me to give the most. It’s an appealing contradiction because it prompts one to reconsider the concept of abundance and the nature of giving.”

Lynne Harlow would like to personally thank the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for the time and resources to conceive this new body of work, as well as collaborator Steve Easton of Steve Easton Cast Glass in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, who guided their fabrication.

The artist will give a free, online public talk via Zoom on Thursday, April 13, 7-8pm EST. Register

She will also lead an in-person exhibition walk-through on Saturday, May 6, 3pm. Masks are suggested for the health of all guests.

Lynne Harlow (b.1968 Attleboro, MA; lives Providence, RI) has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for more than 20 years, including in the United States, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Here at the gallery, she has mounted four very well-received solo exhibitions and projects: Tilt Toward the Sun (2018), Ask the Sky, Baker Bridge Road (2016), Against the Velvet of the Long Goodbye (2013), BEAT (2007). She also participated our large survey exhibitions MINUS SPACE en Oaxaca: Panorama de 31 artistas internacionales, Oaxaca, Mexico (2012) and MINUS SPACE curated by Phong Bui at MoMA PS1 (2008-2009).

Harlow’s work was included in the 2013 deCordova Biennial at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. Her additional museum exhibitions include MoMA PS1 (New York, NY); Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Ithaca, NY); Hofstra University Museum of Art (Hempstead, NY); Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (Brattleboro, VT); RISD Museum of Art (Providence, RI); Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg, MA); South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN); Stanley Museum of Art / University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA); Wrather West Kentucky Museum (Murray, KY); and Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (Oaxaca, Mexico).

Harlow has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, Rhode Island Foundation, BAU Institute, and Chinati Foundation. Her work has been reviewed in publications, such as Artforum, Artnet Magazine, Art Ltd. Magazine, Two Coats of Paint, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Providence Journal, among others. Harlow’s work is included in public and corporate collections, such as The Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and Hunter College (all New York, NY); RISD Museum, Fidelity Investments, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (both Providence, RI); The Philips Collection, Art in Embassies Program (both Washington, DC); and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX).

Harlow is a member of American Abstract Artists, and she holds an MFA from Hunter College (New York, NY) and a BA from Framingham State College (Framingham, MA).



from April 01, 2023 to June 03, 2023


Lynne Harlow

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