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Parrish Art Museum Selects Bridgehampton Artist Laurie Lambrecht As Parrish Road Show Participant

Sydney A. Braat

Bridgehampton-based artist Laurie Lambrecht. (Photo Courtesy of Laurie Lambrecht)

Laurie Lambrecht, who works in photography and fiber, has been selected by Parrish Art Museum as one of two participants in the 2019 Parrish Road Show, the eighth annual iteration of the Museum's creative off-site exhibition series featuring temporary projects by East End artists that connect creativity to everyday life. Lambrecht's site-specific installation entitled Limn to Limb will be on display from Saturday, October 5 through Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Madoo Conservancy.

Lambrecht will respond to Madoo's trees, shrubs, and structures as well as Madoo Founder Robert Dash's colors with interventions that include photography, printmaking, weaving, and knitting. "My intention is to celebrate the garden of Bob Dash -- a place that continues to inspire and reflect his creativity," said Lambrecht.

The Parrish Road Show will takeover Madoo. (Photo Courtesy of Laurie Lambrecht)

A native of Bridgehampton, Lambrecht has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Her photographs are in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, D.C. and the Parrish Art Museum, among others.

Limn to Limb comprises various stations throughout the garden, creating a visual conversation with the plants, pathways, and objects found at Madoo. They present unexpected relationships, placement, colors, and textures that allows for new experiences. Viewers will start with large-scale fiber prints of tree bark covering the façade of Madoo's main gallery building. Lambrecht continues to examine and photograph the varied specimen trees on the property at Madoo. Visitors will also discover groups of trees wrapped with bark cloth prints.

"I'm excited to work with Laurie Lambrecht and Madoo," expressed Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects. "Laurie's expansion of her beautiful work into the three-dimensional realm will result in a delightful autumn stroll through an enchanted garden that I'm sure Robert Dash would have loved to experience."

Intersecting with structures and trees throughout the garden are weavings that Lambrecht created based on photographs of flowers in bloom at Madoo last summer. The images were printed on large pieces of fabric, which were then cut into narrow strips to make new small weavings and large-scale tapestries. These "summer impressions" contrast with the garden's current fall colors. In the future Lambrecht hopes to create intimate outdoor "rooms" with groups of trees with small woven pieces in the branches, bold statements with large tapestries woven into Dash's colorful structures, small signs with colorful weavings in place of plant identification markers, and onsite weavings that the artist will complete to obscure broken areas of fencing.

Lambrecht will also use colorful burlap to interact with trees and to cover walls and bricks as a nod to Madoo's signature use of color as a design element, and in contrast to the drab fabrics typically used to wrap trees and shrubs. In addition, viewers can expect a continuation of a project Lambrecht began last fall on the edge of Hardanger Fjord in Norway. Lambrecht covered stones and rocks with colorful knitted wool, the artist exalts the small and sometimes overlooked, prompting the viewer to rediscover these humble garden elements. The soft, fuzzy covers challenge the perception of the very qualities of a stone—temperature, shape, and texture—thus enhancing the visual and tactic experiences that contribute to memory of place.

Lambrecht's site-specific installation is entitled Limn to Limb. (Photo Courtesy of the Parrish Art Museum)

As an Artist-in-Residence at the Parrish this fall, Lambrecht will conduct workshops with school children inspired by her installation, inviting them to respond to the artworks and create their own interventions on site.

Lambrecht's exhibition will be on display at The Madoo Conservancy from Saturday, October 5 through Sunday, November 3. The Opening Reception is on Saturday, October 5 from 3 to 5 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, October 6 from 12 to 2 p.m., which would be announced by Friday, October 4. The Reception is open and free to the public.

On Friday, November 1 at 6 p.m., Lambrecht will take part in a talk at the Parrish Art Museum with Candace Hill Montgomery. The two artists will be in conversation with Erni.

The Madoo Conservancy is located at 618 Sagg Main Street in Sagaponak. For more information, visit parrishart.org.

Sydney Braat is a Hamptons-raised and NYC-living journalist. She enjoys splitting her time between the bustling city life and relaxing atmosphere of the Hamptons. When she's not writing, Sydney is traveling. She thrives off of new experiences, cultures, cuisine, and languages. Sydney writes about the arts, philanthropy, food & wine, and shopping. https://www.sosydneyny.com/ sydneybraat

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