Seat of Learning, Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn

Seat of Learning is an art installation within layered architectural space, centered around how we learn and re-learn from material objects. Over the past 2 years, Lackey and Lehn have interviewed close to 70 individuals who responded to public calls asking them to bring an object that has been meaningful over time. Each person answered questions about their object and what they have learned from it. A selection of objects and edited audio stories and videos will be sequenced throughout the 2020 installation.   

Seat of Learning,  collected   objects, 2018-19

Seat of Learning, collected objects, 2018-19

Interviews in progress, Colorado Springs, CO, 2019

Interviews in progress, Colorado Springs, CO, 2019

The immersive installation, built of a supportive framework wrapped in translucent cloth, mirrors the phenomena of layered density or sharp clarity of memory abiding in certain common objects. A pathway invites a walk through a sequenced display leading to a lower central space. Along the way, overlapping scrim walls build upon one another to create new shadings as they filter sound and projections. The audience can move or be still and listen as they make spatial comparisons and delve into private thoughts and collective awareness about the potency of objects.

Seat of Learning,  preliminary scaled   model, Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn, 2016

Seat of Learning, preliminary scaled model, Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn, 2016

Seat of Learning  construction in progress 2019

Seat of Learning construction in progress 2019

Seat of Learning is a collaboration between Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn with help from volunteers and assistants.

Jane Lackey is a visual artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A leader in the field of contemporary fiber, she uses multiple processes, surfaces and mark making systems to summon invisible aspects of identity and connection. She makes artwork that is inspired by the chemistry of physical sensation, reductive qualities of mapping and durational experience.

Thomas Lehn is an architectural designer, furniture designer and maker with experience producing both large scale and intimate environments using multidisciplinary solutions. Lehn’s focus is on processional, spatial sequences that unfold through close attention to detail, movement, light and user interface. 

Featured in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art at Ent Center for the Arts, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Seat of Learning will open the evening of Feb 27 and continue through July 19, 2020.