In Seeking Home
On view June 4 - July 23, 2017 Reception and Artist Talks on July 9th at 5:00pm.
Art by Garrett O. Hansen, Samantha Ludwig, Adrienne Miller, Laura Wennstrom, and Jordan Lienhoop
Evoking people and places, feelings and memories, home contains meanings that are deeply varied and complex—yet simultaneously encompassing—for each person. Tucked between those four letters are nostalgia and hope: a longing for the past, tracing all the way back to Eden, and for our future home—plus all the spaces here in the in between. In seeking home, we find a deeper need to have a place, to be loved, to belong.
In this exhibit, each work of art is an invitation into the artist’s personal interpretation of home, revealing the intricate and profound ways that home impacts us all.
Garrett O. Hansen's black and white diptychs in Partner and Passage beautifully explore the distance and closeness that simultaneously exists between two people. Within his photographs there is an exploration and revelation of a home created over the passage of time, place, and personhood.
Samantha Ludwig's series Houses is a collection of ink and graphite drawings depicting homes in the surrounding neighborhoods. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Samantha’s intricately detailed portraits show a care and attention for the homes in her city.
Adrienne Miller's work reflects on the deep ties between memory, place, and people. In Garden Ghosts, Adrienne uses photographs, paint, and acetate to recreate the nostalgia and wonder of her grandmother’s garden, a space special to both of them. “On a Foggy Ridge,” a woodcut from the series Memory/Place, further reveals her interest in the lasting impressions of significant spaces.
Laura Wennstrom’s “Block City” explores the intersections between home, childhood, and social issues within an urban context, asking “How does play change if it represents the neighborhood you live in?” Collecting wooden toy blocks, Laura transformed the classic children’s toy through collage and paint to be reflective of an urban neighborhood that may have crime and poverty.
Jordan Lienhoop's pieces pursue themes of memory, loss, and childhood, revealing a home that shifts over time as relationships change. By manipulating old family photos through weaving in "Memory Piecing," Jordan creates a visualization of the forming and remembering of home, an act that is simultaneously cohesive and disorienting. Her accordion photobook “Ten, Twenty” captures both the initial loss of her father and her response to it a decade later.