art through architecture outdoor “artboards” at missouri bank crossroads debut images by anne lindberg & paul shorttWednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Since the first day of 2010, Anne Lindberg has been taking at least one photograph each day in her home or wherever she travels, creating an intimate, cumulative mapping of personal space and record of private observations. Her pair of west-facing images, titled once a day 59 and 62, come from this series, and feature two views of curtains photographed at dusk. “I wanted to lift these subtle, private images up into the public realm of the urban billboard, where they will hang in the sky day and night, transporting viewers to a different time of day, place, and mood,” said Lindberg. “The mirror in one of the images again shifts the viewer’s perspective and position, creating a complex sense of time and space.”
Paul Shortt’s pair of east-facing images are two examples from a larger body of recent work titled Nimby’s, which involve the artist photographing yard signs he has made by hand and installed in undeveloped lots, empty houses, and along the roadside. “The Nimby’s project gets its name from the term ‘Not In My Back Yard,’ a mindset of opposition to change,” says Shortt. “By hand-making the signs and text, I’m throwing into question the authority of signs, while giving the locations an authority and presence to be interpreted by the viewer. My hope in these images being on the billboards is that they will offer viewers lenses with which to reconsider the environments they drive by every day.”
An Art through Architecture “Art Achievement” project, the Missouri Bank “Artboards” are double-sided exterior billboards converted into a highly visible site for work by area artists. Since launching in late 2008, the “Artboards” have presented commissioned images by ten Kansas City area artists, with Lindberg and Shortt’s images bringing the number of artists to twelve. For more about Art through Architecture, visit www.ArtArch.org. Read full press release.