Art Exhibit: Stop the Car, Dad!
Truckee Meadows Community College presents “Stop the Car, Dad!” a series of photographs by artist, Erik Lauritzen. While traveling the often deserted roads of Nevada, photographer Lauritzen was captivated by the evidence of human presence affecting the Western landscape. The exhibition will be on display from April 11 to June 3 at the Sturm Gallery inside the library at TMCC.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the student center lobby. Jerry Franzen, TMCC Photo Instructor, will discuss the exhibit at 6 p.m.
The series “Stop the Car, Dad!” takes its name from the moment of curiosity that often accompanies the discovery of a roadside attraction. Lauritzen’s images record places where development has ceased. Now abandoned, these places are evidence of the “boom and bust” lifestyle accompanying the mining industry of Nevada. The now solitary signs and deserted buildings are intriguing records of history.
Raised by a painter and a ceramicist, Lauritzen’s own history was artistic from the beginning. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, and later earned his Master of Fine Arts from California State University, Northridge. A respected member of the regional arts community, Lauritzen founded the photography department at Truckee Meadows Community College and is also founding director and curator of the Red Mountain Gallery.
Organized by the Nevada Arts Council, “Stop the Car, Dad!” is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Art and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
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