Leap Year Solo Exhibition
Lauren Michelle Peterson
Opening Reception: Friday, September 30th, 6 – 9pm
On View through October 15th
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 15th, 4pm
The Flatiron Building, 84 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
MINT announces the solo exhibition, on Going, for Leap Year Fellow Lauren Michelle Peterson, featuring new and in process works. MINT’s Leap Year program provides three emerging artists per year with studio space, mentors, exhibition support, a solo exhibition, and more. Peterson’s paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances reevaluate experience of everyday detritus, prolonging the “moment of transition when an object moves from useful good to useless bad.” Through her physical manipulation of these collected “cultural artifacts,” Peterson navigates the distinction/categorization between trash objects and art objects.
The objects with which we surround ourselves physically orient us within the spaces we navigate. Objects serve as extensions and containers for the body, creating sense of place and self. Not only does our detritus function as cultural artifact, but what we discard or sweep up alludes to fundamental limitations of our own human faculties. Understanding or comprehension is closely related to our ability to categorize, put in a proper place, group things together in definable relationships, hierarchies, or systems. What we cannot neatly organize becomes the residual. The category of ‘trash’ does not describe one certain object or set of objects, but something more abstract−an action or decision. Trash is chaotic, disorderly, and ambiguous, but also indicative of how and why we evaluate good versus bad. I re-categorize to negate this distinction, so that what is devalued might return to rational comprehension as sensual art objects with all attendant aesthetic values.
Lauren Michelle Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She creates new systems for devalued objects, focusing on the potential ontological ramifications of a consumption-based society. Peterson received her Masters of Fine Art in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2015. Recent exhibitions include On the Edge at Aqua Art Miami, Message from the Sea at the GAIA Center in Athens, Greece, Forget Me Not at Zuckerman Museum in Kennesaw, GA, and A Large But Finite Number at Southside Gallery in Oxford, MS. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art, Goya Contemporary, and the International Printing Museum. Peterson is currently an instructor at Georgia State University and a 2015/16 MINT Leap Year Fellow.
MINT is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to cultivating a stronger arts community in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. We engage emerging artists, patrons, and creative professionals by providing studio and exhibition space, curatorial opportunities, workshops and classes, conferences, and other resources. MINT believes that through these programs we foster a generous spirit, strengthen the regional economy, and enrich the creative community.