Now closed. New version opens May 2020!
THE EXPERIENCE was an artist-driven, large-scale, fully immersive art installation that invited participants to explore a fantastical, multimedia environment through sight, sound, movement, and touch. This ambitious project completely transformed the second floor of the Hardesty Center. Five local lead artists guided the creative direction of the project. The art itself took the form of fantastical multimedia for guests to experience and interact with as they moved through the space.
Please note: THE EXPERIENCE ran from June 2018 through December 2019. The second floor of the ahha Hardesty Center will be closed from January to early May 2020, with a date for the new EXPERIENCE: IMAGINE opening to be announced. Want to learn more about the new EXPERIENCE? Click the button below.
Watch this preview video for a taste of this art adventure. Footage was captured in May 2018 before installation was complete!
David Reed James
JP Morrison Lans
David Reed James has been a professional sculptor for more than 20 years. Since 1997 he has created huge, immersive sets and props for more than 50 major motion pictures including Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Team America, Jurassic World, National Treasure, Indiana Jones, Kill Bill, The Grinch, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. His personal work employs whimsical conceptual and kinetic elements often created using discarded and repurposed materials. A great-stellated-dodecahedron shape made from real cheese pizza slices and a moving ring of dominoes that perpetually knock themselves down are some examples. In the summer of 2013 he moved to Tulsa where he spends his free time with his 9-year-old daughter.
I combine botanicals and found objects into something innovative and fresh. This is how I communicate with my community: contemporary designs in harmony with nature. I strive for a stimulating experience, one which turns the viewer into a participant with their surroundings. Drawn to the unique and unorthodox, I see art in the mundane and the ordinary. My work is based on a reinvention, creating environments that stimulate and engage on multiple levels of consciousness and perception. This is what I do.
Jeremy Lamberton has produced art and film for over 20 years in Tulsa. His taste rooted in the surreal, Lamberton’s art uses seemingly ordinary images to reimagine time, space, and object. These shifts are accomplished through minimal editing techniques that typically begin as a single image edited repeatedly and intuitively. Jeremy’s work transforms ordinary situations; and through iterations, anthropomorphism, and repetition creates a disorienting experience. Lamberton carries the same leanings into his more cinematic efforts. Film credits include- director/ producer for “Biker Fox”, released and distributed by Cinedigm, and Producer for “Gorgeous Vortex” for the popular horror franchise “V/H/S: VIRAL” by Magnolia Pictures. In addition to his own artistic practice and film credits, Jeremy has been heavily involved with the Tulsa arts community for the past 20 years. His main capacity being the Co-Founder/Co-Director of the TULSA OVERGROUND FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL, an annual event showcasing innovative films, bands, and new media from around the world. Lamberton considers all his efforts working in common towards his artistic vision and his desire for the absurd to exist. Inherent to his practice is an enthusiasm to expand audiences and their perceptions whether through curation, film production, or his artwork.
JP Morrison Lans’ career began in 2000 when, at age sixteen, her figurative work was accepted for her exhibition, “Color” at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition. In 2007, Lans received her BFA from The Kansas City Arts Institute. During her time in Kansas City, Lans co-owned and curated the Grothaus+Pearl Gallery. Lans returned to Tulsa in 2008 and continuing her work dedicated to the human experience; The “Beguiled Series” focused on subverting female rolls in fairytales and was followed by the “Luminescent Series” centered on the play of light against skin. In 2011, Lans received the Spotlight Honorarium from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition to create “Mono-No-Aware”, an installation about the passage of time and how we carry our memories. Lans moved to Queensland, Australia in 2012. There she began the “Rorschach Series” of mirrored/mimicked figures and her piece “Mermaid” was purchased for the permanent collection of the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery. In 2014, Lans returned to Tulsa and began work on “Wundrian” an installation for the New Genre Festival, 2015. “Wundrian” marked the beginning of Lans’ work animating drawings with LED and playing with concepts of home as self-portrait, fort building and evoking wonderment through immersive art.
I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I started drawing when I was pretty young and I never really stopped. I’ve always been compelled and addicted to creating things. Whether it’s drawing, painting, making music, or making videos, I don’t have to think about it. The urge is always there. I just sit down and go to work. My creative work includes painting, drawing, installations, music, video, and mural projects. I perform my own music and make videos under the name Daniel(s). I’m also in a band called And There Stand Empires.
Yes. During installation of THE EXPERIENCE, first floor gallery exhibitions will proceed as normal and will continue after THE EXPERIENCE opens. The second floor will have limited access during the installation phase.
Our inaugural group of Lead Artists was selected for their vast experience in many different disciplines. Lead Artists receive a stipend and materials budget for the project. In the future, artists will be selected through a Call to Artists application process.
The second version of THE EXPERIENCE, THE EXPERIENCE: IMAGINE is will open May 2020.
Cultivating creativity by supporting artists and creating dynamic programming is at the core of ahha’s mission and has been for decades. THE EXPERIENCE offers new access to experiential art that is unlike anything else currently in Tulsa.
The sleep of tomorrow…today!
Sleep in THE EXPERIENCE in David Reed James’ creation, the Siestamatic during public hours. Get some zzzz’s in Tulsa’s most creative art environment, all while being observed by other visitors and taking part in an art installation. Here’s to art and snoozing!
Sleepers must be 18 or older or accompanied by an adult. An ahha admission ticket a or current membership is required and the Siestamatic is available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets may be purchased onsite. Your admission ticket will also give you access to THE EXPERIENCE, THE GALLERY, and THE STUDIO!
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