Women, Nature, Science
Kim Cridler: The Descriptive Line
March 13-June 5, 2016
Artist Talk: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm. This event is free.
Trained as a metalsmith, Kim Cridler creates works that utilize the history, making, and meaning of objects of utility and ornamentation. At Lynden, she will be showing large arboreal pieces in steel, bronze and beeswax, as well as drawings and some smaller works. Cridler uses drawing as a practice of “noticing,” and this directly informs her recent work, in which the steel wire or rod becomes a line of inquiry into form, content, and the potential of narrative.
Cridler’s exhibition at Lynden has been arranged in conjunction with the ZOOM symposium, May 25-May 29. Over the course of four days, 250 makers, writers and innovators will gather at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and venues around the city for lectures, hands-on workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions.
Kim Cridler will deliver the symposium’s keynote address, “The Descriptive Line,” on Wednesday, May 25, 7:30-8:30 pm at the Peck School of the Arts Kenilworth Square East building, 1915 East Kenilworth Place, 6th floor. This lecture is free and open to the public. Architect Sim Van der Ryn wrote of ten patterns that make up our physical world at all scales including lattices, meanders, and the fractal. How does craft, rarely original yet always in motion, inform how and why we make? This talk will reflect on the conceptual and formal interests Cridler has drawn from the decorative arts, vernacular art forms, and ideas about craft. She will touch on issues of repetition, ideas about beauty and originality, and the essential struggle towards change in the development of her studio and public art works. More information here: http://www.zoommilwaukee.com/lectures/.
About the Artist
Kim Cridler has applied her use of steel, structure and ornament in large-scale public art projects and commissions for public spaces. She was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, earned an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and studied at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. Cridler has taught in art programs across the country including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan, San Diego State University, Arizona State University, and the Penland School of Crafts. More information: http://www.kimcridler.com/