As part of the Department of Art’s Critic and Artist Residency Series, the Hatton Gallery at Colorado State University presents "Laurie Fendrich: Drawings" from Oct. 7-Nov. 15. An opening reception will be held from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 7. Fendrich will present a free public lecture titled "There’s No Such Thing as a Good Drawing about Nothing" at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Lory Student Center Theatre on campus.
"Laurie Fendrich: Drawings" features a selection of Fendrich’s most recent Conté crayon drawings alongside several rare works by Modern American artists of the 1930s and 1940s who have inspired Fendrich’s ongoing pursuit of abstraction. Based in New York City, Fendrich has long been influenced by the art movements of the early 20th century, such as Cubism and Constructivism, which were among the first to introduce abstract painting to Western audiences. Fendrich’s elegant drawings likewise explore the language of geometric abstraction, a subject the artist wryly describes as "a wallflower at the post-modern art party."
Fendrich is an associate professor of fine arts at Hofstra University, where she teaches painting, drawing and contemporary art theory. She earned her bachelor’s in political science from Mount Holyoke College and her master of fine arts in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fendrich has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and she has lectured and written extensively on topics in contemporary art.
The Critic and Artist Residency Series at Colorado State was founded in 1997 through the anonymous gift of an endowment known as the FUNd at CSU. Each semester the program brings prominent artists and critics to the Colorado State campus to interact with students,
faculty and the Fort Collins community through public exhibitions, lectures, open forums and classroom discussions.
In addition to sponsoring "Laurie Fendrich: Drawings," the 2002-03 Critic and Artist Residency Series will feature a lecture by New York critic Robert C. Morgan and "Taking Up Puppies," an exhibition of work by The Reverend Ethan Acres, a performance and installation artist based in Los Angeles.
The Hatton Gallery is located in the Visual Arts Building on campus. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Visitor parking is available for $2 at the "Z" parking lot located on Meridian Avenue and Pitkin Street. Parking for evening events is free.
Call (970) 491-1989 for more information.