Linda Ridgway - With or Without

Linda Ridgway: With or Without
April 1 – May 14, 2016

In With or Without, Linda Ridgway presents six bronze, wall-mounted sculptures and seven works with graphite on paper that convey her appreciation of poetry and the beauty of the natural world with detailed line and delicate form.   The sculpture Wonder offers a simple row of three bonsai trees that has been cast in bronze using the direct burnout method, a technique that captures nearly every texture and structure of the trees’ fragile leaves and gnarled roots.  The graduated wall installation creates a subtle rhythm which engages the viewer and encourages him/her to slow down and experience the forms more fully.

Other pieces, such as Frost’s First Line and The Sound of Trees, reveal the artist’s life-long regard of Robert Frost’s poetry, as she represents his line “I wonder about the trees” with a minimal text from a crocheted pattern as a way to celebrate the simplicity of form found in nature as well as in Frost’s words.  The role of memory and personal connection also play an important part in the exhibition.  The ghost-like traces embodied in Brother (II), Jeune Danseur, and Voile speak of loss and transformation, and as more than literal representations of everyday objects, Ridgway’s poetic images find a way to connect us with past experience, both with the artist’s and perhaps with our own.

A resident of Dallas, Linda Ridgway received her M.F.A. degree from Tulane University and earned a B.F.A. degree from the Louisville School of Art.  She has taken part in various solo exhibitions including Linda Ridgway: Cell Series at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, and Linda Ridgway: A Survey, Poetics of Form at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas in 1997-98.  Ridgway’s artwork has also been featured in many group exhibitions, such as BOOM TOWN and Difference? at the Dallas Museum of Art; Hot off the Press: Recent Work from Flatbed at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont; and One Hundred Years: The Permanent Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  Ridgway’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; the Dallas Museum of Art; the El Paso Museum of Art; the Old Jail Art Center, Albany; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.