A sculpture installation by Memphis, Tennessee, artist Cedar Lorca Nordbye on exhibit at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery in Hammond will be used to construct a new home for a local family upon conclusion of the exhibit.
“Building Ethics” is a social action as well as an art installation, Nordbye said in a news release. It will be on display in the gallery through Aug. 21.
Gallery Director Dale Newkirk said the first phase of the art project blends printmaking, sculpture and social engagement into a sculpture installation of painted and printed lumber. The three-dimensional artwork is being constructed in the university gallery by Nordbye, Southeastern students and volunteers from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia.
“Mr. Nordbye has created several gallery installations using these materials and methods,” Newkirk said, “but what makes this artwork more interesting is that the decorated lumber will be going into the construction of someone’s home after the exhibition is over. It is also the first time that the gallery has worked with an outside nonprofit organization.”
After the exhibition ends, volunteers will dissemble the structure, and the painted lumber will be donated to The Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing. The materials will be used in the construction of a new home for Daphne Vernon, of Hammond, a single, working mom, and her 4-year-old son Aaron.
“It is truly a wonderful feeling to soon have a place we can call home,” Vernon said.
In the past year, Nordbye has carried out two smaller projects that involved partnerships with Habitat for Humanity — one in Memphis and one in Lexington, Kentucky.
Nordbye is an associate professor of art at the University of Memphis.
The Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
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