Two artists display ‘Undefined’ work at Secor GalleryWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Skot Horn and Karen Roderick-Lingeman were familiar with each other’s work before they met. The two will soon combine efforts for the “Undefined” exhibition.
The exhibition will include paintings and drawings by Horn and ceramics by Roderick-Lingeman. Their work will be on display from Oct. 12 to Nov. 9 at the Secor Gallery, 425 Jefferson Ave. A reception will take place from 6-11 p.m. Oct. 12.
The two debated what to call the show and decided on “Undefined” during a conversation in which Horn was describing his work.
“We both looked at each other and said, ‘We sort of like that,’” Roderick-Lingeman said. “I do vessel pieces with real organic edges.”
Horn agreed: “Nobody likes to be put in a category,” he said.
The artists work in similar ways, often starting a piece
over if they dislike how it turned out. Sometimes the finished product takes four tries.
Roderick-Lingeman is a senior lecturer at the University of Toledo and an instructor at the Toledo Museum of Art. She received her bachelor’s in art education from the University of Toledo and her master’s in fine art from the University of North Dakota.
Roderick-Lingeman has had her work exhibited internationally, nationally and regionally.
Horn received his bachelor’s in fine arts from the Art Institute of Chicago. His work is in many private and public collections. He said his earliest memories include playing with wooden building blocks and watching his mother make quilts.
Both artists said they moved to Toledo with the intent on it being temporary.
“I didn’t mean to stay here,” Horn said.
Roderick-Lingeman, who was born in Toledo, came back after graduate school to visit family and friends. She started teaching at the Toledo Museum of Art.
“I lived in North Dakota, for gosh sakes; I can live anywhere,” Roderick-Lingeman said. “I was only going to stay here until the end of the academic year. If I didn’t have a position, I was just going to move someplace I’d like to live.”
As a child, Roderick-Lingeman traveled with her family across the United States and Canada.
“Memories of those experiences and my continued national and international travels have greatly influence[d] my work,” she said in an artist statement. “Recollections of a specific location or moment in time are not only recollections of the environment or atmospheric condition but are also related to the reason for being at that specific location at that specific time with that specific person.”
The impressions and stories in such recollections are part of her artwork, she said.
Horn said spontaneity inspires his artwork.
“Spontaneity is an important quality in my work,” he said. “A sense of urgency pervades the marks I make on canvas and paper. Allowing intuition to guide my hand has led to many personal insights and unexpected discoveries in search of my own personal truth.”