Lauren Sanders: Interiors and Props, curated by Logan Lockner

Closing Reception August 29, 5-8pmLauren Sanders: Interiors and Props, curated by Logan Lockner

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery is pleased to present our Summer 2018 programming, Tyler Beard: Contours & Casework and Lauren Sanders: Interiors & Props, curated by Logan Lockner.  The exhibitions will be on view May 10 through September 7, 2018. The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, May 10 from 5:00-8:00pm and to a closing reception with a date to be announced.

About the exhibitions

Collected from a variety of projects including an apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the 2017 fashion show FREE TANGERINE, the sculptures, drawings, and textiles in Interiors and Props reflect Knoxville-based artist Lauren Sanders’ recent work as a DIY designer and interdisciplinary collaborator.

Originally rendered in pen and ink in the artist’s sketchbook, the drawings in Interiors and Props form the basis for the metalwork, printed patterns, and arranged environments throughout the exhibition. Drawing on the resurgent influence the Memphis Group and the graphic sensibility of its co-founder Nathalie Du Pasquier, Sanders’ drawings imagine domestic interiors marked by geometric design and bold, clashing colors.

Previously displayed as props for interdisciplinary fashion shows last year in Tennessee, Sanders’ steel sculptures challenge the mythologized and masculinized legacy of minimalist sculpture. Fabricated by the artist herself, a metal worker by trade, the combination of these steel sculptures with screen-printed textiles illustrates relationships shared by pattern and structure despite differences in material.

Lauren Sanders (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Knoxville, TN. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2015. Her most recent fashion line, FREE TANGERINE, premiered alongside paintings by Eric Cagley at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens in August 2017 and was presented again at Track One in Nashville in December.

Logan Lockner (b. 1991) is a writer living and working in Atlanta, GA. His essays and criticism have appeared in Art Papers, Pelican Bomb, Photograph, and The Rib, and he is a contributing editor for Burnaway. Interiors and Props is his first curatorial project.

Contours & Casework is a project by Welch School of Art & Design visiting instructor Tyler Beard. The exhibition was funded through the generosity of the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Artist Project Grant awarded to Beard in 2017.  The installation features a series of carved ceramic objects and colorful paintings of both land and sea displayed within a modular room designed and built by the artist. This project captures Beard’s interests in intimacy, slowness, and the power of handmade things. Various marks made by carving, cutting, casting, and painting offer variable iterations of time and emotion deposited into each individual component. In the way that single words create a humorous sentence or a group of musicians collectively make up a blissful symphony, parts work together to create a more visual and robust whole. Beard further extends his making to the structure itself creating a space in between both architecture and objects which is occupied by the viewer to experience a poetic care of both color and material. “I grew up in a house that my dad built, to see and know the pine casework was routed by his very hand is so special to me. As time plunges forward that evidence of care, skill, and genuine humanity continues to enrich my life.”

Tyler Beard (b. 1982, Olathe, KS) holds an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BFA from the University of Kansas. He has had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO; Central Utah Arts Center, UT; Robischon Gallery, CO; and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO.  Additionally, He has been featured in exhibitions at ROCKELMANN&, Berlin; Victori + Mo, NY; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO; Biennial Roadshow Marfa, TX; and the Biennial of the Americas, CO. He has participated in numerous artist residencies including the Montello Foundation, NV; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO; Ceramic Center Berlin, GER; and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, MN.  Beard currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia while participating in the Studio Artist Program at Atlanta Contemporary.

 Tyler Beard: Contours & Casework is supported by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

To request disability accommodations at the Welch Galleries, please contact 404-413- 5230 / cfarnell with your request making sure to provide your name and the event name/date.

Directions/ Parking:  The galleries are located at 10 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta GA 30303. We are within walking distance of the Five Points and Georgia State MARTA Stations. Pay parking available in T-Deck and metered parking on Gilmer Street.
The exhibition and programs are supported in part by GSU Student Activity Fee Fund.


Welch School Galleries hours:
M-F, 10am until 6pm; closed weekends and University holidays.
10 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303.
404/413.5230. Cynthia Farnell, Gallery Director