Straight There and Back by Jodi Lightner

JODI LIGHTNER: STRAIGHT THERE AND BACK is the fifth exhibition of a contemporary Montana artist organized and circulated by MAGDA and offered at an extremely reduced rental fee in an effort to make quality exhibitions available to the entire MAGDA membership.

“My interest in navigating space and triumphing over maps has significantly influenced my ideas in this collection of work from the past 10 years. It focuses on the themes of moving through space, translating directions, and the elements of built structures as metaphors for our relationship with architecture and the interactions within interiors.

The language of architecture is prevalent in the work. The built structures with which we surround ourselves dictate how we navigate in and around them. They include portals that allow us to pass in and out of the structures and obstacles that determine our maneuvering through a space. Whether it is doors, hallways, stairs, or revolving doors, the familiarity of these architectural elements can be seen as an innate understanding of how to navigate through space, and the success of any architecture is that we find our way both in and out of buildings.

Themes in this exhibition examine how architecture coexists with what we are thinking and imagining. Within any space, whether it is a palace or a barn, it is possible to have the mind wander and the imagination take us to a completely different location or experience. More than just a day dream, the mind has the power to transport us to another time or place making it possible to be in two places at the same time.”

Twelve sets of drawings are included in the exhibition. Hanging unframed, they unroll like maps and present a flat space to consider the depth and perspective of architecture and a hypothetical experience. The exhibition installation should be viewed as a series of multiples. Each piece of work is either a multiple in itself or has a companion piece that should be hung adjacent. The work included is mostly wall mounted with the option to install one piece suspended from the ceiling in either a line or a grouping.

Tour Schedule 2020 – 2022

January 15 – May 15, 2020: Holter Museum of Art, Helena

September 1 – October 15, 2020: Robert & Gennie DeWeese Gallery at Bozeman High School

November 1 – December 26, 2020: Schoolhouse History & Art Center, Colstrip

January 1 – March 1, 2021: MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney

May 1 – June 1, 2021: Carbon County Arts Guild, Red Lodge

June 15 – August 1, 2021: Carle Gallery of the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library, Butte

October 1, 2121 – March 1, 2022: Missoula Art Museum, Missoula

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