Opening Reception June 6th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. FACEBOOK EVENT On view through August 3, 2019
RAUCOUS, on view at the Lyndon House Arts Center during the summer of 2019, features work by Kelly Boehmer, Jaime Bull, Christina Foard, Vivian Liddell, and Erin McIntosh. These five women are all working to explode power structures with color and fiber.
Kelly Boehmer, a Professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, creates hand-sewn sculptures from reused materials. Colorful fabrics and flowers add a playful quality to her otherwise somewhat grotesque “Puppy” sculpture, whose hard teeth and exaggerated snout greet the viewer with a look that says “I may be cute but I could tear you apart.”
Jaime Bull, adjunct professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) and the Lyndon House Arts Center communications coordinator, also creates hand-sewn sculptures out of repurposed materials. Her enormous headless torsos are created from vintage bathing suits stuffed with plastic bags. Combined with soft sculptures representing giant oars and speedboats, Jaime’s celebratory work nods to Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen.
Christina Foard, an established painter currently enrolled as an MFA degree candidate at UGA, explores the tabletop as a metaphor/arena for examining relationships, family, and politics. The artist often obscures areas of interest to ignite the viewer’s curiosity. Her abstractions push through domestic areas into wilderness zones like a messy picnic on a stormy day.
Vivian Liddell’s current body of work explores the male nude. Works from her series titled “Men” derive compositions from art history’s greats like DeKooning and Rubens. In a departure from her previous series, Vivian reverses the age-old “male gaze.” She says in her statement, “In these paintings of men, I’m not interested in returning the male gaze, objectifying the male figures as sex objects, or in viewing myself in the male figures. I am interested in reversing the traditional power dynamic between the male artist/intellectual and his female muse/subject.” Vivian teaches at the University of North Georgia (UNG).
Erin McIntosh, Assistant professor at UNG, has created new paintings for RAUCOUS. A prolific artist guided by intuition, Erin’s media varies from watercolor to oils, and her subject matter often include biomorphic forms and imagery inspired by the complexity of nature.