Press Release: Naomi Schlinke at The University Art Galleries at Texas State University


Naomi Schlinke
The University Art Galleries at Texas State University
June 23 – August 1, 2012

San Marcos, Texas – As part of their summer programming for 2012, The University Art Galleries are proud to present an exhibition of paintings by Austin based artist, Naomi Schlinke, opening June 23, 2012. Swarm features 11 paintings, 3 Works on Paper and a grouping of smaller works that comprise a site-specific installation. Naomi Schlinke’s work appears courtesy of the artist.

Opening Reception: June 23, 2012, 5-7 PM.

Gallery Hours: 9a.m. – 9p.m.

Located in the Joann Cole Mitte Building (corner of Sessoms and Comanche Streets) on the Texas State University Campus. For directions, go to

For more information, contact Gallery Director, Mary Mikel Stump, at or 512-245-2611


Naomi Schlinke at TSU San Marcos: Swarm
by Rebecca Cohen
Originally published by Drash Pit

Artist Naomi Schlinke’s abstract paintings on clay board and/or rice paper defy easy categorization. Her preferred medium is ink rather than paint and her methods include brushing, puddling and blotting, cutting and pasting. She produces individual rectilinear paintings as well as room-size installations made up of random smaller works of varying size and shape.

Some of the components of a recent installation called “Swarm” are dual panels angled away from the wall so that they cast particular shadows. These appear as if they are about to take flight. Other “Swarm” units display recognizable images such as flowers or trees the artist has photographed, manipulated and printed on rice paper. One panel features floating shapes appropriated from black and white furniture assembly instructions the artist has adorned with deft dashes of color. Each element is different and yet they speak easily to each other, an assembly of strangers with like-minded purpose.

Schlinke, who grew up in Dallas and spent decades in San Francisco before moving to Austin, jokes she is as much mad scientist as artist, given her constant experimentation with methods and materials and her reliance on chance. But, in fact, her extensive studio experience informs each outcome. Perhaps years spent as a dancer before she became a full-time artist may also have inspired those colorful twists and turns and swirling brush strokes.

Viewers may draw their own conclusions after viewing an exhibition of Schlinke’s work, June 23 through August 1 at the Texas State University Art Gallery in San Marcos.

Top: Torque, ink on panel, 24″ x 36″, 2011