The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Sculptures in Love with Architecture, Tom Lauerman & Fabio J. Fernández.

Loyola University, Chicago, Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, September 6 – October 6, 2012 Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art, Penn State School of Visual Arts, works within the overlap of sculpture, craft, and design. His objects, drawings, and installations explore the emotional capacities of constructed spaces as a visual, tactile, and visceral experience.  In the studio, Tom seeks to synthesize digital fabrication strategies and traditional craft techniques. This exhibition, Sculptures in Love with Architecture  at Loyola University, represents the sixth iteration of  Fabio  J. Fernández and Tom Lauerman’s growing body of work based on the spaces, forms, details, and potentialities of constructed space. The title references an enigmatic book of drawings by renowned architect John Hejduk, whose work along with that of many architects and designers, including Eladio Dieste, Anni Albers, Charles and Ray Eames, and Louis Kahn, has influenced both artists in the creation of this body of work. The works in this exhibition explore architecture from the perspectives of two artists interested in the aspirational qualities embedded in the reductive forms of early modernist constructions. The 99 works in this exhibit employ an ever-widening range of sculptural and drawing techniques that range from inked lines laid down in a moving train to laser-cut wooden components assembled atop an intricately folded paper geometry. The works span five years of studio activity and illustrate the development of ideas through conversation, repetition, experimentation, and practice. Link to exhibition installation images: Link to Loyola University page for the show: