The first work to be installed as part of AWOL: Art WithOut Limits at GOCA’s new home, the Ent Center of the Arts, was Linda Fleming’s The Cloak of the Motion. On view through December 2018, the work is significant to the artist’s oeuvre and is one part of a major solo exhibition planned for Fall, 2018, in GOCA’s new gallery space.
Linda Fleming divides her time between Nevada, California, and Colorado, where the artist has a significant history and impact as a founder of Libre Artist Community in 1968. Tucked away in Huerfano County in Southern Colorado, Libre is considered America’s longest running counterculture commune. Along with artist Dean Fleming, Linda Fleming developed the by-laws and structure of the commune, which are still followed today. On her website, Fleming shares descriptions of all of the studios in which she created throughout her life. This passage is about her studio at Libre:
My very own studio at Libre that I built after 10 years of living in the dome so I could have my own place after I again ran away from home. It was the first studio that was really mine. I built it myself starting to dig the postholes for the foundation pilings on the first day of 1977 with my 3 year old son delightfully helping me measure out the site. Luckily it was a warm winter and the ground wasn’t frozen. I had a floor by easter and a house by summer that I made just the way I wanted it to be in spite of the fact that I had almost no money and was not very big. I learned how to frame walls, build roof trusses, hang doors, make insulated windows, do plumbing, electrical, and drywall, I even made my own furniture.
Much of Linda’s work is influenced by the environment around her, especially pulling inspiration from the desert and the mountains. Cloak of the Motion is made completely of steel and has been shown in major public sculpture venues all from New York, to Missouri, New Mexico, and now as part of GOCA’s program in Colorado Springs. Though the sculpture’s home is temporary, visitors can enjoy this work through all four seasons and reflect upon it walking the grounds of the center or from the building’s lobby and balconies.
About AWOL: Art WithOut Limits
AWOL: Art WithOut Limits launched in 2008, featuring international, national and regional artists and collectives manifesting site-specific temporary projects outside the confines of the gallery walls with accompanying artistic residencies. Past programs include social practice projects, public sculpture, multi-disciplinary performances, and happenings across a wide range of venues. Creating community through shared experiences with art is a guiding goal of this program.