Lindsay McCulloch: Double Rainbow
September 24, 2022 - October 22, 2023
Ro2 Art Gallery is proud to present the gallery's first solo exhibition for multidisciplinary artist Lindsay McCulloch, Double Rainbow. The exhibition will open September 24 and remain on view through October 22, 2022.
In Double Rainbow, Lindsay McCulloch presents a series of dimensional paintings and paper works which stretch and investigate the boundaries of the medium. Informed by the history of non-objective painting, the work showcases, expands on, and purposefully upends formal paintings traditions with a carefully crafted balance of gestural expression and surgical precision. As they push into the realm of sculpture, McCulloch's pieces bypass the typical boundaries of the two-dimensional picture plane to question and subvert the mode of illusionism expected of painting. Double Rainbow sets out to occupy and renegotiate the perceived boundaries between artistic disciplines and denotations, inviting viewers to reconsider the way they experience and consider art.
My recent series of dimensional paintings and works on paper are my attempt to process everyday moments and observations with some levity and perhaps even humor. The pieces utilize bright colors and overt formal painting references in quirky configurations that deliberately call into question the illusionism of the two-dimensional picture plane. I invite the viewer to move around the pieces and explore how changes in perspective later what is seen and understood about the work. Formally, I am interested in the history of painting with a particular focus on abstraction. I enjoy exploring the boundaries between reality and illusion; high art and craft; and 2d and 3d space. I tend to sample freely from different painting languages and have a particular fondness for grids and patterns, gesture, painterly mark-making, and the reflective quality of color. Many of the paintings are rooted in specific ideas or events. Yet I also hope the abstract nature of the pieces allows the viewer freedom to discover a personal connection, much like shifting cloud formations simultaneously call to mind both the enormity of existence and whimsical sightings of animals or scenes that are specific to the observer.
about the artist
Lindsay McCulloch’s recent series of dimensional paintings use gestural marks to create layered, sculptural pieces that are often delicate, whimsical, meticulously crafted, and unbound by gravity. McCulloch holds an MFA in Painting from Boston University and received her MA and BA from the University of Virginia. Her work has been featured in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad, including the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond Museums in Richmond, VA; the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA; Bowery Gallery in New York City, NY; Linda Matney Gallery in Williamsburg, VA; R02 Art in Dallas, TX; Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, MD; Whitelight Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM; Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX; John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK; and Casa del Lector in Madrid, Spain; among others. McCulloch holds various awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship for Painting, and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Her work is featured in numerous collections, including the Iraq National Library in Baghdad, Iraq and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX.