Yvonne Love and Gabrielle Russomagno have been collaborating on sculptural installations since the mid '00s. The LR Collaborative is the newest partnership in their long history of art making that materializes the complexity of personal and societal narratives.
Their current work is a return to their inaugural 2007 collaboration, Hot Topic: Meditations on Global Warming. The exhibition was designed as a call to action and focused on the science of shrinking polar ice caps, the catastrophic loss of perma-frost, monster storms, and drought. In 2017 they pivoted the focus of their art work, returning to that subject matter, as the confluence of the political environment, hastening climate change, extreme weather, and the decimation of wildlife demanded urgent attention. You can read more about them and access their CVs by clicking on their names below.
Yvonne Love received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. A sculptor and collaborative installation artist, her work has most recently been exhibited at the List Gallery at Brown University, LG Tripp Gallery in Philadelphia, Taller Graphica Experimental in Havana, Cuba and The Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. She is represented by Brenda Taylor Gallery in Boston, and Sidetracks Gallery in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and is an Associate Professor of Art and Program Chair at Penn State Abington College.
Gabrielle Russomagno received her MFA in photography from Yale University. She is a photographer and installation artist based in Philadelphia and New York who has exhibited internationally since 1985. Her work is included in many private and public collections including The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is on the BFA Photography faculty at The School of Visual Arts in New York and founded Ilsa Loves Rick, an artisan jewelry company in 2011.
2021 The Tell of Grass from the series Ecotones at Arts Afield, Smith College MacLeish Field Station, Whately Massachusetts
2020 Grounding from the series Ecotones at Arts Afield, Smith College MacLeish Field Station, Whately Massachusetts
2019 A Quick and Tragic Thaw Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
2007 Soledad-Solitude, Abington Art Center, Abington, Pennsylvania
2019 Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication, Conference on Communication and Environment, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
2014 Feminism; Body, Image and Power”, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
2011 Insatiable: Our Rapacious Appetite for More, Brandeis University, Kniznick Gallery, Waltham, MA
2007 Hot Topic: Meditations on Global Warming, Germantown Academy Art Center, Fort Washington, PA
Cho, Leena. Burtner, Matthew. Epstein, Howard. Griffin, Claire. Jull, Matthew, Bridging Science, Art and Community in the New Arctic, The Polar Journal, 10:1, 195-200, DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2020.1776472
A Quick and Tragic Thaw, University of Virginia Magazine. Winter 2019.
Patten, Max. Climate Conversations on Grounds Continues with Ruffin Gallery Display, Cavalier Daily, September 28, 2019.
Goff, Dan. A World of Difference. Cville Weekly. September, 11, 2019
Rossoff, Libby. New solos for four at Abington. TheArtBlog, February, 14, 2007.
Donohue, Victoria. Young Talents, Mature Displays. “Neighbors” section of Philadelphia Inquirer, February 18, 2007.