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whatever returns from oblivion (for Louise Glück)

Charles Matson Lume

September 5 - October 24, 2014

 

ARTIST CHARLES MATSON LUME INVOKES POETRY, THE MOON AT THE ANDERSON GALLERY

 

ILLUMINATIONS TRANSFORM THE GALLERY INTO A SPACE FOR CONTEMPLATION

 

whatever returns from oblivion (for Louise Glück),’ a new site-specific installation by St. Paul-based artist Charles Matson Lume, will open at the Anderson Gallery with a public reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, September 5.  Maston Lume will present an introduction to his work the same evening, at 6:30 p.m. in room 336, in the Harmon Fine Arts Center at Drake University. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

While self-identifying as a painter, Matson Lume creates art using a single beam of light reflecting from – or working through – everyday materials including holographic papers, plastic dollar-store magnifying lenses and sequins. Each work, springing from a single point of illumination in an otherwise completely darkened gallery, invites us to consider intersections between the real and imaginary, engaging our senses and forcing us to strike a balance between conceptions of physical and virtual space. In essence, the artist places us inside his paintings.

 

Many of Matson Lume’s installations are dedicated to poets whose written works inspired general themes and affect for his installations. Matson Lume dedicated the installation at the Anderson Gallery to Louise Glück, U.S. Poet Laureate in 2003, and her poem ‘The Wild Iris.” In addition to Glück’s influence, two other elements engrossed the artist: the architectural structure of the gallery ceiling (designed by Harry Weese) and descriptions of the moon, particularly lunar references found in the 17th century haikus of Matsuo Basho.   

 

Matson Lume teaches painting, drawing and aesthetics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. whatever returns from oblivion (for Louise Glück) will remain on display at the Anderson Gallery through October 24.

 

For more information, contact Heather Skeens at heather.skeens@drake.edu or 515-271-1994.

 

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Installation view from whatever returns from oblivion (for Louise Glück), Anderson Gallery, Drake University, 2014. Image credit: Charles Matson Lume