Lauri Stallings + glo
rather than some thing appearing to rise up soft to your chest and a whole lotta mercy, 2018
This exhibition continues Atlanta artist Lauri Stallings' research in choreography as a tool box devised to bring together things that normally never meet, and as a means of moving and surviving between multiple conditions and contexts. The title is meant to offer the public immediate relief from the effort to have to see and make associations, while considering what ways art can help us provide our own answers in these challenging times. Four topics throughout the work that the artist feels are important: mounds and curves as portions in topography of the female body; color, which in America has always been associated with social and cultural background; movement as a visual practice, and empathy as a new form of currency.
“Rather than some things appearing to rise up soft to your chest and a whole lotta' mercy” invites people from 1 to 100 years old to respond freely and openly in an airport that is filled with oscillating rhythms. Stallings' materials have been chosen for their emotional power they exude. The artist is motivated by a wish to connect to things outside what we can see and understand, both the strange and the stranger, and inspire a society.
Parallel to the exhibition, glo female moving artists will activate Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with choreographies once a month. Stallings is really always trying to develop direct engagement with the public, even if it means working outside the confines of traditional art centers. The work evolves as its own platform on multiple levels and as a continuous project altered regularly for the public to be free.