September 6, 2017

New Artwork for the New Season at Lyndon House, Lamar Dodd and Athens Academy

Art Notes

"Deflated Balls" by Curtis Ames is on view in "The Game Show" at the Lyndon House Arts Center.

LYNDON HOUSE: With temperatures finally dropping and the dog days of summer winding down, you can look forward to several art venues changing over their programming for fall. The Lyndon House Arts Center has six new exhibitions, offering something unique for art lovers, sports fans, techies and history buffs alike. 

Themed on leisure, competition and physical sports, “The Game Show” includes paintings by Meg Aubrey and Noah McCarthy, photography by Nicole Jean Hill, video by Paul Pfeiffer, interactive work by Esteban Patino, sculptures by Curtis Ames and Lea Purvis, a scavenger hunt by Kaleena Stasiak and Lego-based wall hangings by Mike Langers. Zane Cochran’s interactive installation “Aurora,” inspired by the northern lights, is a beautiful dark room full of suspended lanterns that glow and fade in response to visitors moving through the space. 

“All that Remains is Nowhere: A Sampling of 21st Century Book Arts” features simple book structures, unexpected sculptural forms and conceptual book art by Brian Hitselberger, Eileen Wallace and curator Margot Ecke. Exploring the many functions of stairways, “Connecting: Stairways to…” is a multimedia installation of sculpture, photography and video by Thom Houser. 

On view in the Lounge Gallery, a space dedicated to quarterly exhibitions by emerging artists, Timothy Adams presents a series of work reflecting influences of minimalism, intense color and basic geometric forms. Celebrating the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation’s 50th anniversary, “Captured in Time” presents a blast from the past with photographs of downtown and unidentified houses collected from the Facebook group Growing Up in Athens, GA. 

The Lyndon House Arts Center will celebrate several new fall exhibitions on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6–8 p.m. A Game Show Field Night will be held on Sept. 21 from 6–8 p.m. Cochran will offer an artist talk on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., and Houser will offer a talk on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Ecke will lead a master bookmaking workshop on Sept. 30 from 12–4 p.m.

DODD GALLERIES: Four new exhibitions at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art invite viewers to contemplate the many ways art can effectively build bonds on interpersonal or cultural levels. “Rosemary Mayer: Beware of All Definitions” offers a small survey of the post-minimalist and feminist artist’s practice as it shifted from geometric paintings on shaped canvases to sculptural works of dyed and draped fabrics. In “Primary Information,” the New York-based nonprofit of the same name shares works from its catalog and archive, which aims to publish affordable artists’ books and promote the conceptual practice of using publications as method of distributing work to a global audience.

Touching on themes of attachment, memory, physical distance and the passage of time, “Losing; Keeping” is a collaborative project between MFA candidate in painting and drawing Annemarie DiCamillo and Los Angeles-based artist Luke McCusker, who developed a collection of collaborative works as a way of preserving the memory of each other. Inspired by the League of Lady Wrestlers, MFA candidate in printmaking and book arts Kaleena Stasiak organized the South East Women Wrestlers as a performance-art collective attempting to reclaim the sport from hyper-masculinity, and their fantasy alter egos are documented through the exhibition “SEWW.”

The galleries will host a Fall Art Extravaganza on Friday, Sept. 8 from 6–8 p.m. with a DJ, photo booth and snacks from Da Munchiezz food truck and Nedza’s Waffles. Gallery director Katie Geha and curator Marie Warsh will offer a discussion on Mayer in Auditorium S150 on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Lunchtime Gallery Talks will be offered at 12 p.m. for “Primary Information” in the Art Library on Sept. 8, “Losing; Keeping”in the Bridge Gallery on Sept. 20 and “SEWW” in Gallery 101 on Oct. 11.

ATHENS ACADEMY: Unbeknownst to many locals, Athens Academy has several gallery spaces dedicated to rotating exhibitions of both student and professional artwork. On view in the Bertelsmann Lobby Gallery, three-dimensional mixed media pieces by Barbara Odil accompany paintings by Ainhoa Bilbao Cebrero. Odil’s assemblages combine natural materials like wood, shells, seeds and bones into anamorphic creatures. Cebrero—whose style you may recognize from the mural decorating Ben’s Bikes—is influenced by her background in architecture and industrial design. An opening reception honoring the two artists will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 2–4 p.m.

In addition to the aforementioned exhibition, the school has two other shows to check out while you’re on campus. On view in the Myers Gallery, “Horace Farlowe: Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures” shares works by the Lamar Dodd professor emeritus of art, who passed away in 2006. Heavily influenced by his background in architectural studies, Farlowe created massive sculptures that visually balance unusual geometric forms. On view in the Harrison Center Foyer Gallery, “Animals: Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings” is an exhibition comprised of works by local artists. Athens Academy’s galleries are open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., and visitors are requested to check in at the Chambers Center.