From February 27th to March 2nd, artist-in-residence Tonja Torgerson transformed the 806 Collective Space at the Charles Adams Studio Project into Dissolution, a dystopic Garden of Eden filled with images of flora, insects, and decomposing figures. Wheat-pasting screen-printed collages of both symbolic and local plants, the artist provided an intimate pause for the audience to contemplate the uncomfortable nature of mortality, impermanence, and the frailty of the body in a lush but bleak environment.
This project was created with the help of students from Texas Tech School of Art and the Lubbock community. The results of the project were on view to the public in Studio C at CASP during the March 3rd First Friday Art Trail. This project was presented by the printmaking area of the TTU School of Art with support from the John T. & Ryla F. Lott Endowment for Excellence in the Visual Arts, and in collaboration with the 806 Collective and the Charles Adams Studio Project.
One of my collaborative prints, Rat Race, is part of an exhibition at the Janet Turner Print Museum. This print was made with Christa Carleton, and is part of a new body of work that we are premiering at the Mid American Print Council Conference this fall. We are keeping this work mostly under wraps until then, but you can see on of these prints on display now.
A solo exhibition of new works by Tonja Torgerson. Installations of prints, cut paper, and collage come together to create a fallen utopia in which life-size figures grapple with the recognition of their mortality.