‘Warning Signs’: Tom Lingeman to open exhibition at the Secor Gallery in time for Holiday Loop.Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Weeks after his wife’s work occupied the space, Tom Lingeman will open a solo exhibition, “Warning Signs,” at the Secor Gallery, 425 Jefferson Ave.
“Warning Signs” will be on display in time for the Holiday Loop, the second annual free shuttle bus service to more than 30 venues, from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 16.
His exhibition will be on display until Dec. 14 with almost all of the work for sale. Lingeman said prices will range anywhere from $500 to $10,000.
Lingeman and Secor Building Manager Keith Corder have been in talks to collaborate on a solo show for two years. Karen Roderick-Lingeman’s “Undefined” show with Skot
Horn ended Nov. 9.
The show will feature work in various mediums, including sculptures, paintings and two videos, all completed since July.
The exhibition was inspired in part by man-made disasters, like global warming or oil spills contaminating the oceans. This show displays “warning signs” against them.
“I hope that there’s a message in the show,” Lingeman said.
Lingeman said some of his work is inspired by his dog Tallie.
“I have a special relationship with a four-legged animal,” he said. “The Animalia in these pieces exhibit the number of gestures that I see in my dog.”
The videos included are called “A Walk in the Park” parts one and two and play on a loop. They were made while Lingeman was in Central Park. He came up with the idea while visiting New York City for his son’s wedding in June.
“I was inspired to do the movies by taking walks in the park over a four-day period,” Lingeman said. “It was beautiful weather.”
Lingeman returned to the city in August to make the movies. His son served as the technical director. Even though he was there for the weekend, the weather conditions were not suitable for filmmaking until Monday morning.
“But the conditions were perfect because it had just rained, it was overcast, so the walkways were wet, which was a really nice effect for filmmaking.
The colors popped … particularly the color of the New York City yellow cabs, caution signs, warning signs.” Lingeman said.
The first of the two films was done with Lingeman being pushed in a wheelchair while he held a camera in his hand. The route he filmed was in a loop around the area.
“The movie is … a digital loop of a real loop,” Lingeman said.
Lingeman went back to New York a third time to film during clearer conditions, similar to those that originally inspired him to make the movie. Part two was filmed using an altered jogging stroller instead of a wheelchair.
The two movies were filmed along the same route, just on different days of the year. The videos will be projected on opposite ends of the gallery, giving sound to the exhibit.
“I see new media … as being more or less magic media,” Lingeman said. “I sort of see the flat-screen, HD monitor as being similar to movies the way paintings are portrayed in ‘Harry Potter’ at Hogwarts, the way they move as you go by them. There may be the viewer that will stand or pull up a chair and watch them continuously.”
Lingeman has shown his work on an international scale, but said nothing compares to exhibitions here at home.
“Showing in Toledo is much more rewarding than showing anything I’ve done overseas because the Toledo audience is an audience that I know and love,” he said.