‘Ology Extended’ opening at Launch Pad CooperativeWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
By Chase Will
“Ology Extended,” opening at Launch Pad Cooperative gallery on March 7, will feature new art by local artists Hannah Lehmann and Julia LaBay. There will be an opening ceremony from 7-9 p.m., hosted by Timothy Gaewsky, founder and co-director of the gallery.
Each artist comes from different creative backgrounds and approaches the theme differently, he said.
“They’re experimenting and expanding on their own systems of knowledge and understanding, which is where the title came from,” Gaewsky said.
Lehmann’s art incorporates drawings with found objects, featuring a Victorian aesthetic that looks at nature in a nonscientific way. LaBay specializes in sculpture, and her work is accentuated by video, audio and textile components.
“I’ve always been interested in science,” said Lehmann, who came up with the title of the exhibit. “I’ve collected a lot of stuff that’s influenced my work, so when it came time to make work for the show, I looked at all my groupings and came up with some interesting interpretations.”
“My work, normally, is autobiographical, and sometimes has metaphors related to my own experiences,” LaBay said. “I like work that that emotes. Everyone has different experiences in their lives, which shapes who they are, so each individual takes away their own emotional response to the work.”
Lehmann and LaBay have shared previous exhibits, and when they saw they shared an interest in personal themes and natural history, they decided to work together. The work being shown at Launch Pad was done specifically for this exhibit, and both artists take the floor plan, ceiling height and lighting into consideration to fully utilize the space.
“It’s always wonderful to have people identify with your work,” Lehmann said. “Every piece represents something we feel strongly toward or relate to. When you make something, it’s part of you no matter how big or small.”
The mission of Launch Pad, which opened in 2012, is to provide a space of freedom for artists to show their work without the limitations of commercial galleries, Gaewsky said.
“It’s a platform which bridges the gap between visual arts and the literary community, and each piece challenges viewers in various ways,” he said.
Launch Pad Cooperative is located at 911 Jefferson Ave. The exhibit is open March 7 through April 19, with hours by appointment, and there will be a closing reception leading into the next Launch Pad project.
For more information, visit www.launchpadcooperative.com.