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Campus Gate Art Gallery at YHC to Host Exhibit Featuring Sculptures by Ceramicist Thaddeus Erdahl

Monday, August 6, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu
 

Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College to Host Exhibit Featuring Sculptures by Ceramicist Thaddeus Erdahl

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host “no kind of false,” an exhibit featuring sculptures by ceramicist Thaddeus Erdahl. The exhibit opens Tuesday, Aug. 14, and will be on display through Friday, Sept. 14. A special reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

“no kind of false” is an exploration of myth in the modern age, focusing on the uncommon figure and the characteristics of past society’s underbelly. The ancient Greek idea of mimesis governed the creation of works of art, in particular, with correspondence to the corporeal world understood as a model for beauty, truth and good. It was an imitation of the real world, a recreation of human action and events.

This exhibition, set as a parody of what the artist sees in human nature, tells stories through ceramic sculpture and portraiture that illustrate analogies in life. Erdahl blends together archetypes, shared experiences and personal mythology while working with concepts that are personal and sometimes narcissistic perceptions of the gloomy side of life, using humor as a buffer. Dry or irreverent, it is humor that mystifies the tragic.

“Ceramic sculpture and portraiture, in particular, are forms of a visual narration that I use to satisfy my urge for documenting what I see in human nature,” Erdahl said. “Evocative of well-loved toys and obsolete artifacts, I use the implied history of these objects to encourage the viewer to disconnect from the present situation and conjure their own individual narratives from my sculptures.”

A native of La Porte City, Iowa, Erdahl earned his B.A. in art education and B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Northern Iowa before receiving his M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Florida. Throughout his studies, Erdahl actively practiced and taught a variety of art media including ceramics, drawing, assemblage, sculpture, painting and graphic design.

He has exhibited his sculptures and presented workshops regionally and nationally throughout the United States. In 2009, he was selected as one of four artists-in-residents at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., for an 11-month residency program.

Erdahl recently moved to Princeton, N.J., to pursue his studio art career. He is currently the visiting artist at Princeton Day School, where he works in the Ceramics Studio.

For more information about the artist, visit www.tjerdahl.blogspot.com.

Campus Gate Art Gallery is located at 5149 College Street on the Young Harris College campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information contact the Campus Gate Art Gallery at (706) 379-5256 or campusgate@yhc.edu.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

“Honest Abe” by Thaddeus Erdahl, 2011.

Thaddeus Erdahl.

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