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Linnea Spransy
updated: 05/09/2008
website: www.linneagabriella.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Widget
Brass and Blood
Fluid as Fire
Twitch
Lean-to
Delta
Tilt
Nodal Braid
Halcyon
The Phoenix and the Machine
Eventual Split
Soft Bite
Fringe Meander
Germination
Skien Undone
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, conceptual, meditative, obsessive, organic, pattern, spiritual, systems
 
 
Widget by Linnea Spransy
Widget
acrylic on canvas
2007
78" x  51" 
Brass and Blood by Linnea Spransy
Brass and Blood
ink on frosted Mylar
2004
60" x  192" 
Fluid as Fire by Linnea Spransy
Fluid as Fire
ink on frosted Mylar
2004
48" x  144" 
Twitch by Linnea Spransy
Twitch
acrylic on canvas
2006
48" x  60" 
Lean-to by Linnea Spransy
Lean-to
acrylic on panel
2005
84" x  60" 
Delta by Linnea Spransy
Delta
acrylic on canvas
2007
78" x  51" 
Tilt by Linnea Spransy
Tilt
acrylic on canvas
2007
78" x  51" 
Nodal Braid by Linnea Spransy
Nodal Braid
ink on two layers of frosted Mylar
2005
20" x  40" 
Halcyon by Linnea Spransy
Halcyon
acrylic on canvas
2004
60" x  60" 
The Phoenix and the Machine by Linnea Spransy
The Phoenix and the Machine
acrylic on canvas
2006
60" x  48" 
Eventual Split by Linnea Spransy
Eventual Split
ink and gouche on paper
2003
18" x  34" 
Soft Bite by Linnea Spransy
Soft Bite
colored pencil on paper
2006
24" x  34" 
Fringe Meander by Linnea Spransy
Fringe Meander
colored pencil and gouche on paper
2004
22" x  34" 
Germination by Linnea Spransy
Germination
acrylic on canvas
2004
60" x  60" 
Skien Undone by Linnea Spransy
Skien Undone
ink on frosted Mylar
2004
18" x  36" 

Artist Statement
 

Linnea Gabriella Spransy

Artist Statement:

 

 

Lines are my basic tool. I steer them with simple rules and give them opportunity to accumulate until unanticipated articulations begin to emerge.

The reason I do this is because I am much like a line: finite, simple, acutely limited. Yet this smallness of mine is tightly interlaced with boundless mystery, with awe and colossal strangeness.

Take freewill, for instance – a compelling conundrum, which swiftly involves questions of the Divine. Questions like these are theological, and theology is ultimately a discussion of fate. Any discussion of fate ultimately questions freedom. Are we free? By definition, rules limit freedom- they enforce shape, function and life. An orange, for instance, is not free to be an elephant; and elephant is not free to be a watermelon, the rules of genetics forbid it. Although freedom is commonly understood as infinite, formless potential, it is evident on all points that potential has, in fact, been shaped. So then, given the boggling thicket of rules enclosing all of life, is freewill and authentic surprise even possible?

Puzzled and delighted by these things, I have begun my own humble investigation. I use rules to discover if it is still possible to be startled in the midst of structure, hoping that by my simplified imitations, I can gain a kind of intuitive understanding of things much larger then myself. Choosing the most basic childish parts, I assemble them in the most basic childish ways. Its embarrassing really. But in the end, I find myself writing blind symphonies, one sound after the other... and the other... and the other.

Artist Bio / CV
  Linnea Gabriella Spransy

4235 Harrison St.

KC MO 64110

 

linneagabriella.com

linneaspransy@rocketmail.com

1.816.805.2454

 

 

EDUCATION:

Yale University School of Art, M.F.A. Painting (2001)

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, B.F.A., Fine Arts, Drawing (1998)

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

'All Systems Go', Whiteflagprojects, St. Louis MO (2008)

'Art and Theology', Princeton University (2007)

Collect All Four’, Byron C. Cohen Gallery (2006)

Unambiguous’, Annual Exhibition in Print, Art World Digest (2006)

The God Show’, NewSpace Gallery (2004)

Wisconsin Triennial, Madison WI (2002)

Yale Thesis Group Show, New Haven, CT (2001)

Yale First Year Group Show, New Haven, CT (2000)

International Festival of the Arts, Kunming, China (1998)

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

'All Systems Go', White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO (2008)

Near Recognition-Chaos and Other Theories’, Christine Wang Gallery, Williamsburg (2004)

Nordica Gallery, Kunming China, (2002)

The Auxiliary Space, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI (2001)

Michael Wilson Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (2000)

 

ART FAIRS:

Scope New York’, Hotel Gansevoort, New York, 2004

 

COLLECTIONS:

Wisconsin Arts Board Collection

 

AWARDS:

Wisconsin Triennial Grant (2002) / Yale Grant: Carol Schosburg Memorial Prize (2001)/ Yale Grant: Harper Residency at Vermont Studio Center (2001) / Elizabeth Greenshields Grant (1998) / MIAD Full-tuition Scholarship (1994)