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Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Sculptures in Love with Architecture Comes to Loyola University Chicago
Department and Fine and Performing Arts Kicks Off New Season with Ceramic Exhibition
CHICAGO, September 5, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) is proud to kick off the 2012 visual arts exhibition season in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex with Sculptures in Love with Architecture. Fabio J. Fernández and Tom Lauerman collaborate on their sixth exhibition of a growing body of work, which includes ceramics based on the spaces, forms, details, and possibilities of constructed space. The title references an enigmatic book of drawings by architect John Hejduk, a shared influence on both artists.
Hedjuk’s book includes his investigations of the emotional capacities of architecture. Exploring architecture from the perspectives of the two artists, the exhibition observes the sculptural aspects of architecture and its details. The nearly 100 small objects in the exhibition were developed using a wide range of ceramic materials and processes, ranging from hands and sandpaper, to advanced prototyping and mold making. This exhibition exemplifies the artists’ interest in how we process objects and images as we encounter them.
“I want to freeze that moment when you first take in the outline or boundary of a shape in the distance, when you have a sense of something’s form before you can put a name to it,” said Lauerman.
Born in Uruguay, Fernández now curates at The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. Lauerman, born in Chicago, has taught at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College. His work can be found in the Chicago Children’s Museum, among many others. Both artists have exhibited nationally and internationally, and draw inspiration from one another.
“I admire Fabio’s sense of pace,” Lauerman said of his colleague. “Broadly speaking, in our collaborations I have been inspired by Tom’s positive energy and generosity of spirit. I very much respect Tom’s fluidity in making; he is as comfortable using a Japanese saw as he is using a 3D printer,” said Fernández of Lauerman’s work.
Sculptures in Love with Architecture opens Thursday, September 6, and runs through Saturday, October 6. An opening reception will be held Thursday, September 6, at 5 p.m., in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.
The exhibition space is open to the general public on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and members of the Loyola community from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with a valid Loyola ID. The Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex is located at 1131 W. Sheridan Avenue,on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.3847 with questions or concerns, or visit blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes more than 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.