EXHIBIT


CAMERON LYDEN:
THE WAVE TAMER'S LULLABY and OTHER ARTIFACTS

JANUARY 5 - FEBRUARY 24
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY JANUARY 17 @ 6-9p


Cameron Lyden is an Athens based artist who received his MFA in Jewelry and Metalwork from the University of Georgia, and his BFA in Jewelry from Kent State University. Originally from Bay Village, Ohio, his work is inspired by dreary Midwestern winter landscapes paired with his love for ornate objects and tools.  He uses his work to construct a narrative for the viewer by creating fictional tools with ambiguous and fantastical functions.  It is his goal to offer the viewer an opportunity to feel a sense of childlike wonder as they explore the faux history of these objects.

Working predominantly in wood and brass, he utilizes traditional jewelry making techniques to adorn carved and fabricated wooden tool forms. He pairs faux weathering with moments of refined craft to create a balance between the extremes of the ornamented and dilapidated. He uses these techniques to create the illusion of previous use and to allude to the object’s false history.

EXHIBIT COORDINATOR:
MARY HALLAM PEARSE

Mary Hallam Pearse is excited to support Cine and local artists by coordinating exhibitions for the next year. The artists chosen represent a range of themes, styles and experiences, from the emerging to the established. The work stretches across the landscape of what is considered traditional in terms of letterpress, jewelry, drawing, painting and tattoos. What connects each of these artists is Athens Georgia, where they are an integral part of the community.

Mary is currently an Associate Professor and area chair of the jewelry and metalwork area at The Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, Georgia. She received her M.F.A. in Metal from SUNY New Paltz and a B.F.A. in Crafts with an emphasis in Jewelry and Metals from Kent State University. In her ongoing work Mary is interested in how jewelry has functioned historically as a marker of status, class, wealth, and a record of human experience. Her work has been selected for competitive exhibitions in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally and included in publications such as Metalsmith, Ornament and American Craft.

Curatorial projects include; Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia, Parallels: Jonathan Wahl and Sondra Sherman, The Ring Shows: Then & Now and Putting the Band Back Together and Coming into View. She has been invited to present lectures and provide workshops at many universities and craft centers across the county.