Lynn Umlauf

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Lynn Umlauf  -  11.11.09  -  Nov/Dec 2009


Ideas that come together from the sculpture; the transparent interior of colored glass makes a directional play with the rigid brass wire and reflective chrome.  These 2 units are set in motion at a separate pace from each other. While their motion is independent from each other, their kinship grows through perspective observation.

Lynn Umlauf was born in Austin, Texas.  Her mother, a homemaker, artist and poet;  her father a very well known sculptor.  She has a twin sister, also a painter and four brothers, Karl the elder is a sculptor and painter, and Arthur is a sculptor. Lynn and her sister, were the second and third of the children, and had to help their mother Angeline with all of the family work.  She attended undergraduate school in Austin, and the Art Students League in New York.  Lynn did graduate work in Austin, and also spent one year at the Academia di Belli Arti in Florence Italy, then returned to the States to receive a Masters degree from the University of Texas in 1966.

She moved to New York in 1966-67, and has maintained a NY studio since by working part time as a college teacher and also four years as a head chef.  Madelon, her identical twin, introduced Lynn to Michael Goldberg in 1969, and they married 10 years later.  Lynn first started showing in Italy with the help of the artist, Primo Conti, and later after leaving the Academy in Florence, in the Studio la Cita Gallery in Veronna, and the December Gallery in Dusseldorf.  Her first show in New York was with the Hal Bromm Gallery, and her first museum inclusion was with the Whitney Biennial.

Lynn has been spending half of each year living and working both at sculpture and painting, in Italy in a very old farmhouse in southern Tuscany.  Her work has increasingly taken the form of large, on-site installations.  Her sculpture is informed by drawing in space using wire, wire mesh, rubber, Plexiglas and occasionally electric motors and light - often painted and sometimes very dense.  These can hang from the ceiling, off the wall, or thrusting up from the floor, and recently outdoors.  She also prowls the italian countryside, making improvisatory drawings as inspiration, and larger paintings in the studio.  While in New York, in the Spring, she has been teaching advanced painting and sculpture at the School of Visual Arts.




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