Caged: The Illegal Pet Trade
Artist, Justin LaDoux
September 22 - November 26, 2017
Artist Justin LaDoux creates wonderfully clever animal forms from found objects. A member of the art faculty at Kirtland Community College, he received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and lives in Alma, Michigan. Justin has created uniquely-themed installations for every Grand Rapids Art Prize competition. In 2016, he created the “Caged” exhibit and agreed to expand it and bring it to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.
The illegal pet trade is extremely cruel. Wild animals get removed from their habitat and experience serve shock. Most animals get drugged, man-handled, and caged in cramped conditions most times without food or water sometimes for days. Millions of animals each year get put into the illegal pet trade just to end up dead. Four out of five animals will die in transit or within a year. To get the animals across customs most are drugged and crammed into suitcases, plastic bottles, and socks. Most people don't fully understand the real commitment it takes to care for a wild animal and many get neglected and become malnourished or die. Many animals eventually are abandoned when they become ill or grow too large for their owner to care for. Wild animals should be enjoyed in the wild as nature intended. My exhibit is intended to shed light on this important, but often neglected subject.
Toying with you: Works by Pat Hobaugh
Toying with You: Works by Pat Hobaugh
1 : to act or deal with something lightly or without vigor or purpose • toyed with the idea
2 : to amuse oneself as if with a toy : PLAY • they’re just toying with him
One way I would describe my work is as ‘Contemporary Pop Culture Still Life.’ I want my art not only to describe and document contemporary popular culture but also to comment on what’s going on—to examine people’s relationship with consumerism and explore generational differences in the expression of that relationship. I use both iconic and obscure cultural objects, so there’s something for everyone in this work, whether it’s an association from their own childhood, their kids’, their parents’, or spanning all the generations.
I’m also embracing the challenge of elevating what still life, as a genre, can be. Still lifes have generally gotten a bad rap in the history of art. It’s the first thing you learn to paint in school, so people think you should move on from it to ‘more important things.’ But with the sheer amount of stuff that is out there now in contemporary culture, you can have compositions that are as complex with meaning and drama as any other kind of painting. So, that’s part of what I’m trying to do—be a ‘voice in the wilderness’ for still lifes.
I want the viewers to access the work first through humor—to embrace the playfulness of the paintings. I also want them to connect with the paintings on a personal level—you might say I’m toying with their emotions by invoking nostalgia for their childhood. But then the paintings are designed so the longer you look at them, you’ll find the deeper layers of meaning and content—so they toy with your mind as well.
All Tied Up: Works by Orie Shafer
October 6 – February 11, 2018
Ropes have been a part of Orie’s work for years. He has used them in drawings, paintings, photography, and ceramics since the middle seventies. The slip-cast pieces from the late eighties and early nineties were produced in collaboration with the American Art Clay Company for two exhibits. Many of the forms were treated as three-dimensional paintings. The surface treatments are meant to create an aged look. They are not about beauty. They reflect natural, and at times, an unnatural aging process.
In 2015 Orie took part in the museum’s outstanding ceramics program run by Jane and Jeff Boswell. The tools available and the Boswell’s vast knowledge of the medium helped him increase his knowledge of the ceramic process and gave him the freedom to take creative chances. Each piece produced in the museum’s studio represents an aged find or discovered object. As if they were found beneath the sea or in an archeological dig. Many of the pieces are titled using geo coordinates, suggesting the location of each discovery.
Shafer received his BA and AM in Art Education from Purdue University. He taught art in the Tippecanoe School Corporation for three years and was the Chair of the art department at West Lafayette High School for 32 years.
Moving Parts: Thomas Lucas and Hummingbird Press editions
December 15 – February 25, 2018
Thomas received a BFA in Printmaking at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. He received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Tyler School of Art, The School of the Art Institute, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Anchor Graphics, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Beacon St. Gallery, Gallery 37, and Penland School of Crafts.
Thomas was the former Visual Arts Chair at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and is now the Director of Printmaking at Lillstreet Art Center. He is also the Founder and Master Printer at Hummingbird Press also at Lillstreet Art Center. As a Master Printer Thomas has published such artists as Kerry Marshall, William Conger, Richard Hunt, Willie Cole and Barbara Jones-Hogu to name a few. His own artworks are included in various private and public collections, exhibits nationally and abroad. Thomas was the former Director of Printmaking Lillstreet Art Center. He now teaches full time at Chicago State University and teaches adjunct at Harold Washington College.
Gold Sponsor: Purdue University Black Cultural Center
From Whence I Came: works by Michael and Howard Martin
December 15 – February 25, 2018
Michael is a fine artist who for many years specialized in the art of pencil drawing. He is a master of drawing the figure and any of his works depict people in everyday human activities. Michael’s drawings are technically superb and are in many private and public collections, including the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette’s permanent collection.
Silver Sponsor: Jim and Sandy Bodenmiller
Bridging Borders: Works from the Permanent Collection
December 15 – June 3, 2018
This exhibition features works of art from the museum’s collection that span our continent, reaching past the United States Northern and Southern borders. Works by Inuit artists from the Northwestern region of North America will be exhibited with pottery from Native America pueblos and paintings by Mexican Modernist artists.