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Transylvania professors find art and stories in curbside furniture

LEXINGTON, Ky.—On January 8, 2010, Transylvania professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova took a photograph that would become the first of their 277 images for their exhibit "Discarded." On that day, they spotted a sofa on the curb and asked the owners to sit on it one last time before it was taken away. One year later, they took the last photo. The photographs are labeled with the location, date, time and temperature. They offer glimpses into frozen moments in the lives of discarded pieces of furniture, and the people willing to pose - families, college students, couples, children, hipsters and tradesmen.

A small collection of images from "Discarded" is on displace the Good Foods Co-op Café on Southland Drive through February 28 and the entire exhibit, which also includes music and poetry inspired by the photographs, will be on display at the Land of Tomorrow (LOT) Gallery beginning February 18. An opening reception will be held on February 18, from 7-10 p.m., featuring a song by Vandaveer and poems, including pieces written by Bianca Spriggs '03, Eric Sutherland, Kenan Visiting Writer and former Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor and fellow Transylvania professors Martha Gehringer and Jeremy Paden. The installation at LOT will also feature some of the discarded pieces of furniture and floor-to-ceiling drawings of the locations where the furniture was found.

For gallery information, visit www.landoftomorrow.org.

2/11/2011

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