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Ridley Gallery Presents Invented Abundance by Mollie Oblinger

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Working Every DropThe Ridley Gallery at Sierra College presents Invented Abundance, an exhibition of sculpture in which Mollie Oblinger examines California’s water issues in response to the historic drought. The work navigates through water’s convoluted and complex history in the state from districting to transportation. With imagery drawn specifically from the local region, including the Sacramento and San Joaquin watersheds, the forms reflect both the natural shapes of the environment as well as constructed changes to it. Rivers and deltas intersect with the tunnels and channels that now move and strip their water. The profound modifications created to the landscape by damming as well as the overwhelming number and placement of those projects in the northern portion of the state inform this body of work. With the ocean lapping the long edge of the state and a reputation for sunny mild conditions that grow much of the country’s produce, few outside of the state realize how truly arid the state of California is naturally.

Mollie Oblinger’s recent exhibitions include group shows at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, the South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana, and the Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. She was an artist in residence in Alpena, Michigan in 2012 and Roswell, New Mexico in 2006. Oblinger received an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 2005 and a BFA in 1998 from Syracuse University. She is currently an associate professor at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

This exhibition runs January 26-Feb 19, with a reception February 5 from 5:00-7:00. Ridley Gallery is located on the first floor of the Library/LR 102, on the Rocklin campus, 5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin. Regular hours for Ridley Gallery are 11am-6:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Admission to Ridley Gallery is free and open to the public. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits are available at dispensers located on the campus parking lot.

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