In Case You Missed It: May FFAT

If you aren’t familiar with the First Friday Art Trail, it’s one of the best things Lubbock has to offer. As a university town, we have a strong student artist population and research-positive professors mounting interesting shows on a regular basis. We also boast LHUCA and CASP with their continued record of strong exhibitions and other happenings. Here a few of my favorites from May:

TTU MFA Candidate Liv Johnson’s “Lacuna: Encounter to Unknow” at the Texas Tech University Satellite Gallery

The children’s book illustration aesthetics and devotion to different states of a print make this exhibition immediately appealing, though I think these bodies of work would breathe easier in a larger space. The piece that I had the most difficulty with, “PODs ' drawing the air around a space'” ended up tricking me with its whispy strands and clumps, with lines leading nowhere (and I loved it.)

Sara Waters at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts

These drawings are the perfect balance of pared down AND rich. They seem to beat with an uncertain rhythm and contain a freedom that Waters’ sculptures are too solid to give. You have to see the Slaton gallery installations and consider these works as inseparable.

44 Artists From Texas at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts

Curator Linda Cullum and assistant curator Maisie Marie Alford gathered a tremendous roster of artists, and made fantastic use of the varied rooms in LHUCA. Down to the logo for the promotional materials (designed by Dirk Fowler) this is an immaculate and interesting exhibition. Go look for their curatorial signature - hidden artwork of their own.

Looking: Cathedral of Light at 5&J Gallery at Charles Adams Studio Projects (CASP)

The camera obscura set up by Adrian Whipp was a great event. Even though I’ve used these methods before, the attention to detail and composition was arresting. The simplicity of the materials and subject matter and the gorgeous result was beyond pleasing. There is something fulfilling about getting to see the very armature of a project.

TTU MFA Candidate Robert Wedepohl’s “Massing Memory” in the lot behind the CASP CH Metals Studio and Foundry

First off, the location for this exhibition was novel- it was held in an undeveloped lot between the foundry and the new CASP artist studios. Wedepohl’s work held true to a garage sale or junk aesthetic- nothing says “Americana” like extension cords, running fans, and a glowing Santa that says “out of order.” Being outside, the work functioned best for me in the stark sunlight, casting long shadows. At night, the lit pieces competed with the sky and held a different composition altogether.

Pseudo Broadcast Network: TTU Professor Aaron Hegert and 6 Students in CASP Studio D

This playful installation gives in to serial killer-esque , obsessive visuals with a wall plastered with fake news stories and click-bait. The large cardboard news van and humorously bad satellite dish, unraveled film reels, and caution tape read more like a biting critique of media consumerism (cue Nightcrawler) than merely a reaction to 2016 and beyond.

Many events and exhibitions and events in Lubbock are a “one night only” deal, so don’t miss out next month! See you there.

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