Upon arrival at the Hudgeson Museum, I heard incisive ringing of bells. I was scared because I thought I drove myself and three other classmates to the wrong location. That fear was a lie because we were right where we needed to be. The ringing of bells was coming from a hallway where four women of different nationalities dressed in accommodating skin tone form fitting attire. These for women were if different heights and moved together in a unified way. Caught of guard and a little scared f this performance I decided to walk into the main gallery space where at the time things made more “sense” and I didn’t feel uncomfortable.
Before getting t my experience of the gallery and the four artist, It was explained to me what the Hudgeson Prize was and its a bi-yearly artist competition. The current show that I will be talking about is its 4th run, but has been running for 8 years. The prize focuses on artist and pros outside of Georgia and have gripping ties to their communities. The Hudgeson is focused on forming long lasting relationships with the prize finalist. They are striving to make a better ad more impactful Metro Atlanta. The work that I am about to describe is of the four finalist and the winner of the Hudgeson Prize. The main thing that I received from all of this is that its great to win the money for this competition, but the exposure that an artist receives is much more important.
The gallery space was very open and easy to move through, but there was an echo so you had to speak quietly or your voice would carry and disturb others that could be looking at work. There were three artist being displayed inside the gallery space; Jiha Moon, Sarah Hops, and Cosmo Whyte. The fourth artist I later later realized was the four moving figures by Lauri Stallings.
When I first enter the gallery space Jiha Moon’s work was first. Her work is deeply connected to her Korean heritage. She focuses on the misunderstandings of Asian culture through pop art narration. She studied painting and has recently ventured into clay. She had several Clay pieces displayed on a low “L” shaped coffee. These clay pieces resembled morphed tea kettles and tea cups. Jiha uses a particular language within her work as seen through repetition of certain fruits like peaches in her paintings. I also learned that Jiha has a amazing work ethic and she is extremely accessible. Her hard work is really shown through the details of all of her pieces and their dual meanings.
Next to Jiha we have Sarah Hops, who conceptual Photographer and installationist. (I am not sure that if this is a real word, but it applies here) She creates her work in basements of peoples homes. Her work depicts the psychology of space and its affects on the human mind. Her work also focus on human psychology and questions are things we find weird or obscure really weird and obscure in other places? She implores the viewer to question what is normal. Her work was along the far wall that wrapped around the far left of the building. Her work ended with a fur room installation, where like my description says an entire room was cover in blue and white ombre fur. Even the ground was covered in fur. The room could fit 2-3 comfortably, but it was pretty small. The fur as you can image was very soft.
From Sarah installation was another installation by Cosmo Whyte. Cosmo’s work much like Jiha’s is deeply connected to his Jamaican roots. The installation is a very large life jacket with beautiful claims hot clued to it. Cosmo also creates massive charcahol drawings that deals with personal history and secret rituals. He focuses on how migration messes with human identity. His drawings include 4leaf gold I believe and are sometimes bordered with intricate cut out designs. Besides having a cool as name Cosmo also is a professor at Morehouse College. I think that is exceptionally cool.
Last but certainly not least, The Hudgeson Prize winner Lauri Stallings, who’s work frighten me at first, but moved me to a more enlightened state after hearing more about her work and what her art movement glo is all about.
Whilst I was walking through the main gallery near Sarah Hops fur room installation I was approached by one or two of the dancing figures that I saw when I arrived. Less scared and more apprehensive I went along with the dancing figure, which Lauri calls them moving artist. I was embarrassed and nervous so I start to laugh, but the moving artist stays complacent and keeps moving their only emotion they were aloud to show was acceptance and that feeling was nice.
Later on Lauri was able to talk to us abut her practice. Her energy was so nice and flowey. She was very attentive and made sure that she made eye-contact with everyone even of no one was looking at her. Something that she was that was very moving for me was: “The work needs people without the people he work doesn’t exist.” Lauri sees herself as a composing choreographer. The dances or systems that she makes the moving artist do al reflect constant context to the space. She said the movements displayed the idea of consciousness. Lauri creates maps of her movements and floor plans of her given space to create dances or movements that are reflective of the space. The bell ringing that I was scared of in the beginning was inspired by the mid-evil temple bell choir. She explained that her maps are the pure definition of choreography; drawing in space. All that Lauri was talking about was so dense, but she made it accessible through the language she used. I will later have to think deeply about her work for the rest of my life. My little blog post won’t do it any justice. Overall she was s power and she has me thinking a lot about performance art and how I can connect street style and fashion to performance art, which is very exciting!
I went into the Hudgeson, apprehensive and weary and left empowered and strong! Great field trip!
Below are some images from this trip!!