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The back parlor at Andalusia features rotating exhibits throughout the year.

Test Your Mettle
November 1, 2014 – April 1, 2015

When Flannery O’Connor and her mother lived at Andalusia, it was an active dairy farm. Today we are stewards of a huge range of tools and equipment that are vestiges of the kind of do-it-yourself approach that emphasized repair and reuse at mid-century and give us an indication of the scale of the farm operation and the life of those working here. A close observer of the comings and goings at Andalusia, O’Connor knew well the inherent dangers on the farm; a tractor served as a murder weapon in “The Displaced Person,” and her letters are rife with tales of accidents and injuries among the farmhands.

In a collaborative effort with area artists, we selected a variety of metal materials and have installed them in an aesthetic fashion with an eye towards revealing their form. Social media platforms are serving as a means to prompt identification of unknown items (“Does anyone know what this tool was used for?”) or storytelling (“Can you tell us about your first pocket knife?”) to get at the function of items. An added literary element is poking at language and meaning. Phrases like “to fly off the handle” and “to come unhinged” have their basis in the blacksmith trade, but we also can connect them to the legacy of Milledgeville’s Central State Hospital.

Please check out our social media to see, “like,” and “share” your photographs, stories, and memories of real or literary farm tools and machines that have been important to you. @andalusiafarm #testyourmettle

This installation was collaborative effort. Many thanks to the following who lent their creativity to the project.
April Moon Carlson
Bobby Huellemeir
Clair Guy
David Brown
Jim Owens
Matt McGee


Site-specific sculptural installation by artist Crystal Wagner, “Ersatz Flora,”  is currently on display at Andalusia. Wagner recieved her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and here AFA from Keystone College in 2002. She is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, California.

Crystal Wagner received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002.  She is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
– See more at: http://www.crystalwagner.com/info.html#sthash.hqwM5Lkr.dpuf
Crystal Wagner received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002.  She is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
– See more at: http://www.crystalwagner.com/info.html#sthash.hqwM5Lkr.dpuf

The 1977 Public Broadcasting film adaptation of O’Connor’s “The Displaced Person” was filmed onsite at Andalusia. Screenings are held at 2 p.m. daily in the back parlor.

Find out more about what’s coming up, or past events and exhibitions at Andalusia.

mouthguard

Wire Cribbing Muzzle

rake

Adjustable Hand Cultivator

sawblade

Circular Saw Blade

Crystal Wagner installs her piece, "Ersatz Flora," in the Back Parlor at Andalusia.

Crystal Wagner installs her piece, “Ersatz Flora,” in the Back Parlor at Andalusia.