Oakland University - hiberna flores - Jan 7 - Feb 19, 2017
Featuring Laurie Tennent & installation by Lisa Waud, Flower House
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7 6-8PM
Artists' Talk & Catalog Launch: Sunday, February 12 2PM
" 'A rose is a rose is a rose…' Gertrude Stein’s semiotic-inflected phrase beautifully extrapolates on the fact that a flower is an indivisible aesthetic cul-de-sac, a fundamental adorable form. In winter, this intimates that the next best thing to a living rose is a picture of one. This exhibition embodies the idea of creating an overarching environment or an inclusive artistic synthesis through the work of artists Laurie Tennant and Lisa Waud. Using flowers as object and imitation, signified and signifier, life and art, the gallery becomes a place to contemplate the living and the dead and the interplay between the joy of existence and the grief of memorialization, which is in essence at the core of our preoccupation with the meaning of a photograph of the living, to inevitably become a remembrance of the once alive..." -Dick Goody, Curator
More than 20 works by Tennent were featured at The Chicago Botanic Garden from April 18-September 25, 2016. To prepare for the show, the Detroit-based artist went to Chicago to work with botanists to add unusual specimens to her portfolio. Curated by Exhibitions Manager Gabriel Hutchinson, this is the first of a national tour of Tennent’s work, Botanicals: Intimate Portraits.
3 Year Installation on the Detroit Riverfront
Tennent's work was chosen by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to be featured in a three year installation on the Riverwalk. Oriental Poppy and Desmanthus can be found just east of the Ren Cen through 2018. Another wonderful reason to make it downtown Detroit and wander the beautiful Riverfront.
Robert Kidd Gallery: Solo Show
Tennent's work has been represented by Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, MI for over a decade. Her work was featured in a solo show for the month of April. The opening also raised money for the Kelly Fund- an emergency relief fund providing scholarship money for students attending College for Creative Studies in Detroit.