Judith Leinen The inhabitants of Dooberville show how they build September 3–26, 2015 Reception: Thursday September 3, 6-8pm
Judith Leinen writes:
In my show I want to tell the story about Dooberville, shown in sculptural artifacts, interactive installations and print media, creating a connection to the location of the event: Chico. My approach is it not to tell a story in a straight line, but to open an access to Dooberville and to the imagination of places in general that is multidimensional and avoids an unambiguous translation. All this is an experiment with an unknown result that requires as always with site-specific works lot of time at the place itself. I am looking forward to explore and invent Dooberville.
The work of Judith Leinen is a product of communication in an open pool of experiences consisting of space, language, encounters and material. It is first and foremost sculptural. Her installed or mobile pieces want to tell stories, but listen to stories as well. They are triggers of communication using archetypal opportunities of places but they extend and turn them around. In interactive sculptures and site-specific installations she explores issues of communication, daily situations, investigates varying concepts of reality and fiction and analyzes systems. Her work‘s appearance in public space often triggers unexpected feedback and reactions. The decision for a change of location, arriving, investigating and spreading, the acquisition of a place and making it accessible is fundamental to her work.
Judith Leinen is currently visiting artist and guest scholar at Chico State University from Mainz, Germany.