On view September 8 - January 2021
Installed in the Lobby Case, the Atrium and North Gallery is, Imagination Squared: Pathways to Resilience, is a project directed by artist Christina Foard consisting of up to 800 - 5 inch square works of art created by a large number of participants from students to community members. Using the theme of resiliency, these multiple small works tell individual stories and the collective story of recovery and strength.
Imagination Squared: Pathways to Resilience began in the spring of 2018 when Christina Foard partnered with UGA’s Odum School of Ecology. Investigating conversations about resiliency of ecosystems, the project receiving funding and a donation of 5 inch square wooden supports. This project grew to include participants, from UGA undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty, students from Clarke County School District, Oconee County School District, and private schools, as well as community members in the Athens area. Stories of personal resilience are expressed in many different forms on the 5” squares, with visual symbols of hardships, growth, hope and acceptance. Using multiple materials and media, Imagination Squared: Pathways to Resiliency, includes sculptural applications, drawing, painting as well as audio. The project can be viewed and experienced at https://imaginationsquared.org/.
On View July 1 - September 1, 2020
LOBBY CASE: Frank Jackson, like all of us, is spending a lot of time at home which is informing and transforming his charming house sculptures. We’re looking forward to showcasing his work this summer at the Arts Center! LOBBY CASE is our new program featuring small objects and sculptures by Athens based artists.
“The houses came about when one day I was working on a mug and waiting for the handle to be dry enough to attach to the cup. I had a bit of clay left over and I started playing around with the scraps and made a very simple house. The next day, while waiting for handles to dry I made another house. On the third day I skipped the mug and made a house. That was 221 houses ago.
Before Covid-19 I did most of my work at Good Dirt Clay Studio. In March I carved out a work space in a storage shed at my house. It’s very different working alone in this space compared to working with other people at Good Dirt. I miss the people and the energy that comes from working in a community studio, but I am also enjoying my new work space and very grateful that I have a place where I can continue working.
The houses have changed since Covid-19. Some of the changes come from working in a different space with different tools. For example, I don’t have a slab roller at home so I roll out all of my slabs by hand and they can only be as wide as my rolling pin. Other changes have more to do with the design of the houses which may be a reflection of our current isolation. Windows have become smaller, stairs to the front doors are higher, and some of the latest houses look more like forts or fortresses than houses.” – Frank Jackson
Frank Jackson received his BFA in painting and an MFA in printmaking. He then got a library degree (MLS) and worked as an art librarian at museums, archives and university art history departments until 2016. Frank has always loved ceramics and knew that it was something he wanted to pursue one day. Since 2016 he has worked exclusively in ceramics on a full-time basis.
Lyndon House Arts Center introduces Lobby Case, featuring small objects an sculpture by Athens based artists. The debut installation is by Eli Saragoussi and will be on view February 7 - April 30, 2020. Lobby Case exhibits will rotate quarterly.
"Dioramas have always been a source of inspiration. Visiting the taxidermy animals displayed in their painted environments in a natural history museum, has been a highlight. So, having the opportunity to build a tiny world within a contained, diorama-like space was a treat and pushed me to explore different techniques and work with new materials.Utilizing hand cut figures from a music video set I designed for my band Baby Tony and The Teenies, I constructed a whole new world for the figures to reside in. With this installation, I hope to give viewers a chance to immerse themselves in a whimsical place full of quirky characters and join me in leaving behind this reality if only for a moment.To complement the installation, my partner Max Boyd has created a soundscape called “Immaterial Gold” which can be accessed by scanning the QR code on the glass. To become fully absorbed into this little world, give it a listen!” - Eli Saragoussi
Elinor Saragoussi, from Denver, Colorado, is currently based in Athens, GA. She works with a variety of mediums, including felt, set design/installation and illustration to create fantastical, colorful works. Elinor has a biology degree from the University of Colorado, and is also a musician who sings and plays bass in her band Baby Tony and The Teenies.