Tobias Layman will present his master of fine arts thesis exhibition, Out of Order, at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in The Arts Council Gallery March 12-30, 2018. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, March 22 from 5-8 pm. The Arts Council Gallery, located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa, is open weekdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. with free admission.Tobias Layman, "Gear Go Round," kinetic wood sculpture, 2017

Layman works in kinetic sculpture created from wood, metal and found objects. Shaped like gears and other moving parts, Layman’s works present a sensory experience of sound, sight, texture, as well as an experience of the art works’ imperfections. “The gears are not cast from a mold or cut with state-of-the-art technology,” Layman explains, “They are created by hand. Over and over. The gears do not align perfectly and they do not spin effortlessly.” In fact, Layman says, their flaws transform them beyond the realm of machines. “The imperfections warrant a sense of mortality. Their life span is unknown, and that unpredictability helps augment them and give them life.”

See videos of Tobias Layman’s kinetic sculptures here.

Tobias Layman is a graduate student in sculpture  in the department of art and art history, with an assistantship teaching courses in Ceramics I, Drawing I and 3D Design. Layman received the BFA, cum laude, in ceramics, from Jacksonville State University in 2014. He presented his MA exhibition, Grinding Away, in February 2017 at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery on UA campus. He has exhibited in national and regional exhibitions including 35 Live: CoCA Member’s Show, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; DAMNED IX, Detroit, MI; A Different Vision, Plymouth, MA; The Big Dance Exhibit, a juried exhibition in Des Moines, IA; and Abstracts Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, where he received an honorable mention. In 2017, he took third place at the KAO International Kinetic Art Competition in Boynton Beach, Florida. Layman has been a studio assistant for the Department of Art at Jacksonville State University, an assistant instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, and an instructor and ceramic technician at Earthworks Pottery Studio in Rome, GA. He is a recipient of the Thames Endowed Scholarship and the Joseph and Allen Sella Endowed Scholarship at UA.

This exhibition is in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama. For more information on the graduate programs of the UA department of art and art history, visit this link: http://art.ua.edu/academics/graduate-programs/art-requirements/

The Arts Council Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. with free admission.

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