Southeastern art exhibit to transform into home for Fuller Center
Monday, June 22, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt
1) BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE – Madeia Jacobs, left, volunteer and school nurse from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School
in Philadelphia, and high school senior Joe Schade, far right, also of St. Joeseph’s
Prep, help artist Cedar Lorca Nordbye with part of the exhibit “Building Ethics,”
soon to be on display in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
The art project will manifest itself as a colossal installation of painted and printed
lumber, a towering three-dimensional mural that Nordbye, Southeastern students and
volunteers from St. Joseph’s are constructing in the university gallery.
2) HOME SWEET HOME – Daphne Vernon and her son Aaron meet artist Cedar Lorca Nordbye as he builds the art exhibit “Building Ethics,” in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery. Upon completion of the art exhibit, the materials will be used to build a new home through The Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing for Vernon, a single working mother, and her son. The art exhibit will be on display through August 21.
HAMMOND - A sculpture installation by artist Cedar Lorca Nordbye on exhibit at Southeastern
Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery will be used to construct a new home
for a local family upon conclusion of the exhibit.
The exhibit, “Building Ethics,” is not only an art installation, but also a social action, according to Nordbye of Memphis. It will be on display in the gallery through Aug. 21.
Gallery Director Dale Newkirk said the first phase of the art project, which blends printmaking, sculpture and social engagement, manifests itself as a sculpture installation of painted and printed lumber, a towering three-dimensional artwork that Nordbye, Southeastern students and volunteers from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia are constructing in the university gallery.
“Cedar Lorca Nordbye has created a large-scale architectural sculpture in the Contemporary Art Gallery out of painted and screen-printed construction lumber. The sculpture was made on-site in the gallery by the artist, gallery staff, art students taking summer courses and volunteers,” Newkirk said.
“Mr. Nordbye has created several gallery installations using these materials and methods,” Newkirk added, “but what makes this artwork more interesting is that the decorated lumber will be going into the construction of someone’s home after the exhibition is over. It is also the first time that the gallery has worked with an outside non-profit organization.”
The second phase begins after the exhibition, when volunteers will dissemble the structure, and the painted lumber will be donated to The Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing. The materials will then be used in the construction of a new home for Daphne Vernon of Hammond, a single working mom, and her four-year-old son Aaron.
Vernon is excited to have been selected to receive a home to call her own.
“First I want to give all thanks to God, because without him none of this would be possible,” she said. “Secondly, my son and I are grateful to have such wonderful and kind people to come into our lives to make what was a dream for us into a reality. It is truly a wonderful feeling to soon have a place we can call home.”
In the past year, Nordbye has carried out two smaller projects that involved partnerships with Habitat for Humanity – one in Memphis, Tenn., and one in Lexington, Ky.
“For 15 years I have dreamed of using painted, printed lumber to completely transform the appearance of a framed house to be something awe inspiring,” Nordbye said. “A significant motivation of this project is to bring excitement and energy to the charitable organizations that are carrying out the important work of creating housing across the country and the world.”
Raised in California, Nordbye was educated at New Hampshire College and the University of Iowa and now resides in Memphis, where he is associate professor of art at the University of Memphis.
The Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the gallery at 985-549-5080.