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October 14, 2019 - January 7, 2020
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Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lyndon House Arts Center
211 Hoyt St

Athens, GA 30601
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"Collections from our Community: Tad Gloeckler’s Flyswatters" at Lyndon House Arts Center

Monday, October 14, 2019

 The Lyndon House Arts Center’s "Collections from our Community" features unique collections of objects found in the closets, cabinets, shelves of Athens-area citizens. Currently on view is the collection of flyswatters from Tad Gloeckler.  The exhibit is on display October 14, 2019 -January 7, 2020.

Tad Gloeckler became interested in flyswatters when he saw a minimal, tail-like, Eric Bagger designed flyswatter in the gift shop of the Museum of Modern Art. He found a yellow butterfly swatter right before going to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural triumph, Fallingwater. He has found inspiring specimens at Target and on eBay. One is Amish inspired and made with a floppy leather killing mechanism, Pampered Chef makes one with a dustpan and tweezers to pick up the carcasses, the Michael Graves model attaches to a broom for killing  flies in high spaces and the beautifully designed OXO is the one Tad uses at home. There are flyswatters gifted from the bank after buying a home and also an executive flyswatter, both strange gifts to receive. There are fly killing guns. There are flyswatters wearing disguises; a blue daisy masks an insect’s worst nightmare. Tad’s favorite piece has a simple dark palette with a great transition between the handle and head with the wire forming a subtle fly motif.

Tad’s desire to collect was fueled by teaching. Using the flyswatter with its straightforward, consistent design components, handle, and shaft and swatting surface, Tad leads students in questioning, “What is invention vs. novelty?”  In his design classes at UGA, he guides students in developing concepts, using and transforming materials and utilizing the basic design elements. Flyswatters prove to be the perfect visual and conceptual example, being so simple but so varied. 

Tad designed several, flyswatters himself. Like a Rube Goldberg machine, they are multi-faceted, multi-stepped and whimsical, almost comical in their complexity and craftsmanship when considering their fly killing objective. Tad’s sculpture “Good News” takes the idea of rolling up a newspaper to smash a fly and formalizes it. Like the Philippe Stark designed swatter in his collection that stands upright on its gorgeous, minimal three legs, Tad wonders, “How can you have something that looks good sitting on the coffee table and still kill flies?” 
The display is on view during regular gallery hours of Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  All exhibits are free and open to the public.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information, please call 706-613-3623 or visit

Lyndon House Arts Center, located at 211 Hoyt Street, is a facility of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department and is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriation of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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