Lobby Case

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.

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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.


Eli Saragoussi