For their November presentation, the Lincoln Arts Institute will host a solo exhibition by artist Christopher Tice. An opening reception will be held from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, November 11 at the LAI Gallery, 112 S. Mclean St., Lincoln. The show, titled “Sites 4 Soar Eyes”, will include selections from several series of drawings that Tice has been developing since 2019.
Although an academically trained and experienced visual artist, Tice decided two years ago that he wanted to reconsider drawing, which has been a fundamental means of artistic communication for thousands of years, but which has acquired limits within of traditional western aesthetics. He begins with works of a very exploratory nature, freely experimenting with his materials and techniques. Initially, he explains, the goal was to re-imagine: “I was concerned with removing the emptiness from the blank page… the content of these works was secondary.
After a few months, Tice began to feel strain on his progress from two sources. First of all, he became dissatisfied with the possibilities offered by commercial drawing materials. So he started making his own drawing charcoals from different woods, which widened the range of lines, textures and tones in the designs. He also created a unique drawing tool that allows him to make marks simultaneously from multiple charcoal sticks.
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The artist had also felt limited by the space of his home studio, where he could only produce a limited number of drawings at a time. This constraint was overcome when Tice moved into a studio at the Lincoln Arts Institute. This has proven to be very successful, leading to large-scale and collaborative projects.
LAI owner Jason Hoffman is also happy with the arrangement.
“Having an active studio artist in the building has led to a successful partnership. As our renovations continue, we are creating more studio space and look forward to adding more artists this spring, ”Hoffman said.
The November exhibition will document the development of Tice’s experiments, with works from an Early Abstract Series (2019-2020); very spontaneous drawings from his Pure Psychic Automatism series (2020 – ongoing); and drawings from his Lunacy series (2020-ongoing).
In this latest series, the works begin as spontaneous drawings created under a full moon, refined with additional markings and colors. He admits the results are “stories that have not been heard, sites that are still unexplored.” The viewer is thus invited to participate in the interpretation of the images.
After the reception, the gallery will also be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings until December 4, as well as during numerous pre-holiday events throughout the month (contact [email protected] for schedules). All events will follow current Covid guidelines.