Architectural and Sculptural Ornaments
Landscape and Home
Scott Lindberg :
artists : designers : fabricators
There are several
things that set LMNO Arts apart from the run-of-the-mill landscape
or art business. Exclusivity is one of them. Scott Lindberg and
Cristie Thomas, the artistic power couple who are LMNO, run their
company more like a private art club than a public business-relying
mostly on word of mouth for business, and then scrupulously screening
clients before working with them.
open to the public; rather their large gallery of architectural
and sculptural home and garden ornaments, which is also the backyard
of their Aptos home, is viewable by appointment only for potential
clients. Lindberg and Thomas require that these visitors come prepared.
"We give them some homework to do to make sure they are actually
ready to sit down and design," says Thomas. "We ask them
to bring photographs of the site from all directions, and any photographs
or ideas of other things they like, to give us an idea of who they
are and of their style." This preliminary process may seem
arduous at first, but it is the special ingredient to LMNO's success:
working with clients who are "the right fit" allows the
artists to create a truly customized, perfect piece.
The two have
become experts at determining people's styles in order to achieve
this. They use the photographs the client brings in (of anything
from their personal art collection or interior decorating to quilts
or magazine cut-outs) and take in their style of dress, the car
they drive, and whatever other things they can. After drawing a
plan with the client, they then ask for complete trust and go from
there-using metal, wood, concrete, and glass to create a one-of-a-kind
bench, arbor, railing, awning, birdbath, or any number of items
from their repertoire. "We want to make something that fits
their lifestyle and also the architecture of their surroundings,"
say they have never made the same thing twice (even with fences
and gates, which are their most frequent requests), some jobs are
more adventurous than others. Their last project was a 50-by-2-foot
'House Necklace' for a woman who wanted a decorative, exterior piece
to go between the first and second stories of her home. Not only
was it an unconventional artistic endeavor, but the woman was also
a perfect client to work with, helping Lindberg and Thomas to reach
the best outcome. "The House Necklace client was ideal: adventuresome,
creative, trusting," says Lindberg. "She had no problem
telling us 'I don't like that, I like that.'"
that was huge," adds Thomas, finishing her partner's thought.
"She was also really positive and excited about everything."
Lindberg and Thomas consider themselves artists first, and a business
second. They started out as artists working in separate mediums,
and moved into pottery after meeting. They operated in in the realm
of ceramics from the '70s until the early '90s, when the itch for
a career change became an inescapable pull, leading to the formation
of LMNO Arts.
physical intensity of working with metal (and sometimes large-scale
structures) can be wearing, they have found happiness in working
on a personal level with clients on a project-to-project basis.
“It’s fun to give people something special, and help them realize
a dream they’ve had, sometimes, for a long time,” says Thomas. “It
personalizes the home, and takes it to a whole other level of interest.”
LMNO Arts will
be participating in Open Studios this fall, open to the public for
the only time this year. For more information on the company, visit
Passages, at Cabrillo College Gallery
Introduction by Tobin Kellor, curator and Rose
represents the first significant exhibition of Scott Lindberg
and Cristie Thomas's combined cast bronze, fabricated bronze,
steel, and wood sculpture. This energetic and creative couple
created the work seen here together after a long history as
artists. They began working in collaboration in 1976. And, like
many of the great married collaborative artists and designers,
such as Ray and Charles Eames, their work has developed into
many different areas of industrial design and artistic expression.
Although they are primarily fabricators, their work is profoundly
influenced by many years of work in clay. Moving towards steel
in 1992, they left ceramics behind completely in 1996. The clay
work had the same strength of form and play on image, as is
evident in the work of Passages. This Santa Cruz County couple
focuses primarily on custom fabricated work for architects,
landscape architects and designers. However, when they are free
to develop their sculpture the approach is a playful consideration
of strong forms and materials, always working toward a refined
sense of elegance and tension. In these recent pieces, they
are able to explore the fluidity of the bronze, juxtaposed against
the hard edges achieved through fabrication and the softness
of the wood.
Cristie's shared passion for architecture and construction,
combined with their love for gardening and the outdoors, inspire
their work. And we suspect that their new passion for horses
and riding will have an impact on work in the future. As entertainment,
this couple began casting bronze at the Cabrillo College foundry
in 2001. However their relationship with Cabrillo began many
years ago as students in the art and industrial technology departments.
It is with great satisfaction that we exhibit their latest work
in the Cabrillo Gallery today.
Duo uses basic building clocks of civilization
Wood, iron, bronze form Scott Lindberg,
Cristie Thomas' 'Passages' exhibit at Cabrillo Gallery
for the Register-Pajaronian
November 20, 2003
bronze and iron. With these three basic materials the team
of Scott Lindbeg and Cristie Thomas have, over a period of
several years, put together an exhibition of sculptures, "Passages,"
which is currently on display at the Cabrillo Gallery in Aptos.
are the basic building blocks of civilization, and the artificer
team has given their innate quality of strength and solidity
a chance to shine.
work, a specialty of the Lindberg-Thomas team in their business
as well as their art, has a lightness, almost a delicacy in
these pieces. The wood, worked from beams and posts, is carved
in graceful arcs, and polished. The bronzes, some of which
are cast from real objects such as seedpods, pears and pomegranates,
are treated wtih natural coppery patinas.
piece is a collaboration between the two artists.
ideas come as we do the work," Thomas said. "We
started with a number of small cast bronzes."
did the bronzes at the Cabrillo foundry. The wood came about
when the pair had access to a wood construction yard. Steel
fabricating came from their own facility, where they do custom
fabricating for architecture and gardens.
are mostly about 4 to 6 feet in height, and have a basic structure
of wood or fabricated steel, with a bronze feature on the
top. They have a sense of being cantilevered slightly off-balance,
as if they were moving. The titles suggest a subtle playfulness.
Up There," a bronze pear in a wooden boat is supported
by polished steel rods. "Fishbone Xylophone" whimsically
describes the piece, a series of thin blades in a frame work
of steel bars. "Pomegranate House" is a finely worked
steel tower, housing four pomegranates, three of which are
cast in bronze.
and material are not hidden in Lindberg/Thomas art, but are
a prominent feature. The pair have been working together for
over 25 years.
and Cristie's shared passion for architecture and construction,
combined with their love for gardening and the outdoors, inspire
their work," read the artists' statement, and Passages
provides a landmark in their collaboration.
Scott and Cristie began working in collaboration in 1976. Their
shared passion for architecture and construction, combined with their love
for gardening and the outdoors inspire their work.
|Although they always have samples on hand, Cristie and Scott focus on
custom design and build,
doing all their own fabrication. Utilizing a variety of materials including steel, copper,
bronze, concrete, and glass, they are known for
using materials in unexpected combinations.
The :L:M:N:O: Arts shop and design studio is situated on a
ridge overlooking mountains, valleys and agricultural land. Cristie
and Scott maintain extensive grounds surrounding their workspaces. They
are open to the public each October through the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County's Open Studios Tour.
Choose from :L:M:N:O:'s designs, work from your designs, or allow
Scott and Cristie to create something especially for you.
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