Friday, September 1, 2017

UNO-St. Claude Gallery Features Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions in September


Erika Lehrmann's Ericka Lehrmann's "Serpentine"

Two concurrent, solo exhibitions from University of New Orleans fine arts graduate students will open at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery Saturday, Sept. 9 and run through Oct. 8, 2017. The exhibits feature thesis projects of MFA students Harper Hair and Erika Lehrmann.

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will host an opening reception on Sept. 9 from 6-9 p.m.  Regular gallery hours are Sat-Sun, 12-5 p.m.

Hair’s exhibit, entitled “People Like Ourselves,” uses painting as the primary medium. The artist describes the collection as a visual expression of musings.

“The musings are often focused on the limits of our ability to know others, and even the impossibility of truly understanding others,” Hair said.

Erika Lehrmann uses drawings to explore the culture of car idealization, consumerism and advertisement in her exhibition called “MOTIVE.”

“Corporations, including the car industry, see consumerism as black and white,” said Lehrmann. “For us consumers, we know all too well about existing in the gray. My work touches on the idealizations of such a culture, as well as questions the motives of advertisements and consumerism.”