Louise LeBourgeois and Karen Reimer
BOUNDLESS AND DISORDERLY
November 17, 2023 to January 27, 2024
Boundless and Disorderly is a two-person exhibition by painter Louise LeBourgeois and textile craft artist Karen Reimer. While their artwork is different formally and materially, both artists explore the horizon line of Lake Michigan, through LeBourgeois’s representational painting and Reimer’s naming and poetic language. Both scrutinize the horizon line, where water meets air, with awareness that it doesn’t actually exist.
The paradox of the horizon is that while it appears to be utterly linear, it in fact denotes the place where we can no longer see over the curve of our planet, the visible but non-existent straight line describing an arc. Even though the horizon that is visible to our human eyes seems to be an indicator of space and distance, it is always indistinct, contingent, and elusive. It is dependent on one’s viewpoint, one’s line of sight, one’s individual eye level, and, making it a metaphor for practically everything, it recedes when you attempt to approach it. In addition, water and air are constantly changing from one to the other via evaporation, transpiration, and precipitation. So not only is the always-far horizon line a visual trick, but the surface plane supposedly stretching toward it, where water meets air, is also an illusion.
In Boundless and Disorderly, both artists explore the imperfection of human perception. LeBourgeois’s paintings of water and sky, created with wet paint now dry, suggest in their stillness the motion of waves and clouds. Reimer implies the horizon line and plane of the earth’s surface while never actually locating them by either representation or mapping.
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