Dual Exhibitions for Dana Lynn Harper and Wade Tullier
Date(s) - 03/18/2022 - 04/30/2022
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Sculpture Center
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Come view Dana Lynn Harper and Wade Tullier’s exhibitions now until April 30, 2022 at The Sculpture Center! Read their artist statements and biographies below:
Dana Lynn Harper
Dana Lynn Harper holds a BFA in Art & Technology from The Ohio State University, she lives and works in Columbus, Oh. Recipient of The Bunton Waller Fellowship from Penn State University, where Harper received her MFA in 2013. Harper has been the recipient of an ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant and The ArtFile Emerging Artist Grant, Ringholz Foundation Award, OAC Professional Award and Manifest Prize. She has had solo exhibitions across the US, most notably at The University of Kentucky, Front/Space Gallery & Museum in Kansas City, MO, Manifest Gallery and ROY G BIV. Harper has been an Artist in Residence at Kutztown University, Teton Art Lab, Bunker Projects, Second Sight Studio, Sculpture Space and ArtSpace Raleigh. She was awarded a scholarship through The NEA to attend Women’s Studio Workshop in 2015 and has received a fellowship to attend in Vermont Studio Center in the fall of 2022. Harper has made public installations in collaboration with The Columbus Museum of Art as well as The University Arts District in Columbus, Ohio. She will exhibit at The Sculpture Center in 2022.
In December 2019, my Dad passed away from pancreatic cancer. A day later a childhood friend died by suicide. After experiencing this loss I became fixated on examining the transition from life to death. Field Guides is a visualization of the “spirit” or “soul” outside of the body, the parts of us that live after death. Seeing death as a release from the limits of the physical world, the figures float freely, boisterous in design and lovingly constructed.
Translated into layers of texture, pattern and color while utilizing textiles, yarn and plastics; aspects of personality, aura, consciousness and spirit are made visible. Each being borrows the form of celebratory objects, like piñatas, paper lanterns and pom poms. These playful forms are combined with ornamentation inspired by the growth of plants, flowers and coral. Materials are dismantled and reconfigured into layers of a new imagined being, a soul without the body. Through this interpretation, the immaterial is made tangible.
Wade Tullier (b.1988, Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a Detroit-based visual artist working primarily in ceramics and sculpture. His work and process are heavily influenced by storytelling and being raised within the landscape of southern Louisiana. He holds a BFA from Louisiana State University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Tullier has exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent and upcoming shows in New York, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Reykjavik, and Munich.
For his exhibition of ‘Good Boy’, at The Sculpture Center, Tullier explores the notion of personal harmony and dissonance with the natural world in his ceramic sculptures.
In his youth, family dogs were trained and treated as tools for hunting and trapping wild animals. These aspects of hunting, work, and sport formed the initial understanding of his companionship with dogs. In thinking about the role of ‘play’ in training and fostering companionship between dogs and humans, the works are playful and inviting. Captured in ceramic sculpture and drawings, Tullier’s dogs are portrayed in a variety of bright colors and alongside bones and balls.