Visual artist Brett Lysne to lecture at SDSU

Thursday, September 13, 2012

LysneBrett Lysne's screen print "Minnesota Shift" portrays Paul Bunyan, a strong symbol of masculinity in North American culture. The map of text around the figure is a game in deconstructing the language that surrounds that masculinity.

A lecture featuring visual artist Brett Lysne will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Bailey Rotunda D on the South Dakota State University campus.

Lysne’s most recent artistic work will be the focus of the lecture. He will present a slide show of his drawings, prints and artist books, along with artists he looks to for inspiration.

"I’m looking forward to coming to Brookings,” said Lysne, a Crookston, Minn., native.Lysne will also discuss his artistic practice, methods for finding source material and the process he follows when constructing images.

Lysne creates artist books, drawings and prints that embody the nature of language, classification, social connections and gender. “I consider my work to be a form of linguistic mapmaking,” Lysne said.

Lysne follows an organized set of rules when creating his artwork, joining verbal, visual and abstract signs, lines and arrows, allowing viewers to draw conclusions based on the images.

Lysne received a bachelor’s degree in studio art and French from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008. For the past two years, Lysne has lived in Pullman, Wash., where he received a master of fine arts degree from Washington State University in May 2012.

The artist lecture is funded by the Van Zante Visiting Artist and Designer Endowment and the SDSU Department of Visual Arts.