The Self and Portrait Project

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I was selected to create work for Window on Art in Corvallis, Oregon. My collaborator, Katrina Henry, and I created a participation based art project that enticed the community to not only join in on the conversation, but become part of the final artwork as well.

Project Description:

A stark and seemingly empty space will fill up over time as viewers choose to interact, participate, and develop an art installation. TheSelf and Portrait Project is about perspective, conversation, and community. By engaging an audience through self reflection questions we hope to ignite a simultaneous inner and outer dialog. By asking personal questions in a public space we aim to widen perspectives and encourage a different and hopefully deeper thought process. Perhaps the audience will not only think in terms of self, but also in terms of other.  By being interaction and participation based we strive to inspire connection and conversation on several levels, including artist to viewer, viewer to art, viewer to self, viewer to viewer, stranger to stranger, and citizen to city. While viewers interact and become participants and art makers they also become art objects. Each participant will be asked to stand and be photographed by us. A piece of each participant will make up a whole portrait that will come to represent the city of Corvallis.

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Grab a pen. Write ONE WORD to describe yourself. Tape paper to the window so we can see your answer.

 

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Grab a pen. Write ONE WORD you think others would use to describe you. Tape your answer to the window so we can see it.

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Stand on the “X” and face the camera. We’ll take your portrait.

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Moments in Time – Exhibition Photographs

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

Maude Kerns Art Center offered me the opportunity to make my art installation for A Day in the Life a reality this year. With special help from my amazing and talented friend, Katrina Henry, the project came full circle and was installed and exhibited.

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton
A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

 

Artist Statement / A Day in the Life

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Please do 3 things for me:

  1.  Write down the details of one day of your life.
  1.  Send me a photograph of you.
  1.  Tell me your favorite color.

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What is a relationship?  From the past to the future, one human to the next, to an artist with the materials she uses.  Mundane moments make up the majority of our day.  Dependence on strangers occurs more than most of us would like to admit.  Every moment is significant as it leads us to the next.  Every person matters and their actions create reactions that affect the world.  My art expresses my ideas about chaos and coincidence. From the extreme mundane activities of eating, sleeping, and brushing one’s teeth, to dramatic and historical events that centuries will continue to hear about, they all hold meaning. We are all connected by moments in time.

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

A Day in the Life Art Installation by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

You, Me, and The Rest of The World – Exhibition Photographs

This summer I was fortunate to have the opportunity to create the art installation I visualized when I began my “Day in the Life” Art Project back in May of 2011. I’m still processing the whole ordeal and learning more about myself, my art concept, and what I want to say as an artist. I was pleasantly surprised that most people that saw the installation “got it” right away and several people interacted with the work (which was a big concern). All in all, it was a great success! I can’t wait to do it all over again in Eugene, Oregon in January of 2016!

Thank you Wiseman Gallery of Grants Pass, Oregon for taking a chance on lil’ ol’ me and letting me say what I want to say in the way I want to say it. I can’t tell you how good that truly feels.

To read more about the project, visit the blog dedicated to it here.

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Exhibition photographs from You, Me, and the Rest of the World by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

 

Exhibition photographs from You, Me, and the Rest of the World by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

 

Exhibition photographs from You, Me, and the Rest of the World by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

 

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Exhibition photographs from You, Me, and the Rest of the World by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

 

Exhibition photographs from You, Me, and the Rest of the World by Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

 

Space changes perception.

Art created using every day materials

Art created using every day materials

Art created using every day materials

Wow!  I just got images back from my most recent solo exhibition at the Wiseman Gallery in Grants Pass, Oregon.  It is truly amazing what space can do for an artwork and concept.  The installation was done so well, I’m glad there was great care taken in producing a lovely “mini” exhibiton of my “I’m a Terrible Morning Person” Project.

I wish I could have made it to the actual space to see the exhibition.  I think the huge amounts of space left between the works and the fact that walls separated some of them really changed the vibe of the whole show.  I would have liked to see first hand what the work was saying to the viewer.  This is why I love showing my work in as many places as possible; it keeps morphing into something entirely new.

Check out the images and tell me what they say to you.

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New Art–Feminist Bras

portrait printed on a bra

portrait printed on a bra

Here are just the beginnings of this piece. I still need to print more women on bras and figure out how to show them. I am leaning towards pinning them along a rope, but don’t know for sure yet. Also, I am considering using underpants as well, but don’t know that those really deliver the concept as well.

portrait printed on a bra

I’m torn between the above image and the first image as being my favorite thus far. I just love the look of this (above) piece. Susan B. Anthony looking so serious on a pink bra kind of gives me the giggles. But, on another note the mixing of sex and feminism that the first picture delivers is also powerful. But, there are more bras to come so I’m sure that my opinion may change. I’m actually surprising myself lately–I’ve started to use colored ink. This has hardly occurred over the past 4 years, so I’m anxious to see where I am taken.

portrait printed on a bra

I will keep you updated.