Lounge Shelf Pick of the Month
Warning: This blog post is longer than usual, but very much worth the time and effort.
Welcome to the inaugural posting for our “In the Lounge” section which is dedicated to promoting and highlighting all of the great stuff available to you for FREE in our overstuffed and underused Lounge/Art Library/Hang Out. You need to know that we/the ICA have an incredible space in the front of the gallery that we call the Lounge. It is filled — floor to ceiling — with art mags that we subscribe to so you don’t have to, artist monographs, exhibition catalogs, how-to art books, periodicals, and postcards and flyers announcing the zillion other art and culture-type shows and happenings in the Bay Area. Oh, and there’s a nice big flat screen tv and a great selection of art videos and programming – but we’ll talk about that later. Back to the books.
And who’s supposed to use this so-called Lounge? You and everyone else — check in out, bring your lunch, take a seat, browse the shelves, hang, relax. I t’s FREE and open whenever we are.
To get things rolling we’ve made a staff pick from the Lounge shelves. It’s a catalog called linn meyers/here today. First, you need to know that Linn is one of our ’09 artists-in-residence. She just completed her 2-week residency in our Print Center where she created an astounding series of prints that will be on view at our upcoming Monotype Marathon Exhibition (July 1 -18).
This catalog offers a wonderful introduction to linn’s work and aesthetic. It chronicles excerpts from an interview with Linn (she’ from DC) by Jefferson Pinder and Lara Langer from the University of Maryland (published by the Art Gallery, University of Maryland). And without going into details about the conversations chronicled in the catalog between Linn, Jefferson and Lara, let’s just say that when you take the time to sit and read this beautifully simple and subtle account of an artist and her work, you will completely get it — Linn, her art, her solid self, her brilliance, and her warm and quiet confidence. Then, when you get up from your seat in the Lounge and walk to the back of the ICA gallery and view Linn’s artwork in the Print Center, you will get it even more. And then, you are hooked. And that’s a good thing.
See for yourself. Come to the ICA lounge. Pull this catalog from the shelves. Take a seat. Get immersed. Live a little.