On view on the third floor of Austin City Hall from February 2013 through January 2014 as part of the People’s Gallery Exhibition are the four pipe sculptures Line Quality and Abacus. If you find a little rolled up piece of paper with a pink ribbon around it next to Abacus, feel free to take it as a gift.
Art-making is my primary spiritual action. Creating art allows me to express my unique manifestation as a body and as a conscious being. “Sacred Spaces” explores the interactive space of the human body through architectural sculpture and gestural mark-making.
Painting used to tell the stories of a culture on the surfaces of sacred spaces such as caves, temples and churches–photography and film have replace this function of visual art. What remains unique to visual art is the hand of the artist and the visceral relationship of the art object to both the maker and viewer of the art. The human body is represented in its indexical evidence in drawings and in geometric markers of ourselves. I create forms that unify these ideas, such as a dome that is the diameter of my reach. Using the indexical movement of my arm, I draw and paint on the surface in various media, from charcoal to a plasma-cutter. The finished artworks are both sculpture and painting.
So I may better understand how sacred space is created through geometry and form, I have studied the evolution of historical sacred architecture from Etruscan to Greek to Roman to Christian. The shapes incorporated into these structures evoke gendered symbolism–the curved dome represents a feminine, mother-figure, while Catholic cruciform shapes represent the masculine, with vertical space representing the trinity. Reiterating these symbols in my own work allows me to explore both the personal space of one body and the interactive relationships between several bodies at once. –Preview of WORK IN PROCESS–
Before construction, I create drawings and scale models to help me consider the sizes and proportions of the artworks as well as how to place the artwork in relationship to viewers. Family relationships and group dynamics are important themes of my work, but some artworks are simply the practice of making marks in space with my unique hand in a variety of materials.
My artwork is relational. The work isn’t complete until there is someone interacting with it. Once I have made these artworks, dialog with community about the art is very important to my process.
Sacred Space is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
Thursday April 25 @ 6:30-9:30pm @ The Umlauf Sculpture Garden
Join Event Chair Jordan Jeffus, Co-Chair Emily Pratte, Honorary Chairs Burke & Tricia Edwards, and Featured Artist Jennifer Chenoweth for our 15th Annual Garden Party fundraiserset for Thursday, April 25th, 2013, from 6:30-9:30pm.
Fine Food & Wine
More than twenty of Austin’s best restaurants serve delectable samplings of their cuisine, paired with complementing wines generously selected by Twin Liquors.
WHAT: The grand opening of GenerousArt.org will raise money for Amala Foundation, Art Alliance Austin, Austin Child Guidance Center, Austin Creative Alliance, Austin School of Film, Big Medium, Cancer Connection, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Communities in Schools of Central Texas, Emancipet, Foundation Communities, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Meals on Wheels and More, Mental Health America of Texas, Mobile Art Program, Open Door Preschools, SafePlace, SIMS Foundation, Sustainable Food Center, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
WHO: Featured artists include Stella Alesi, Jennifer Balkan, Jennifer Chenoweth, Eleanor Droll, Virginia Fleck, Carol Hayman, Melanie Hickerson, Felice House, Carolyn Kimball, Suzanne Lewis, Karen Maness, Richard Mansfield, Wells Mason, Emily Moores, L. Renee Nunez, Andrea Pramuk, Judith Simonds, Annie Simpson, and Jade Walker.
Listen to live music by the Robert Kraft Jazz Trio, while browsing and buying one-of-a-kind works of art. Come meet global design firm Gensler and tour their new offices in the W Hotel. Catering by Texas French Bread. Refreshments will be served.
WHEN: Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
W Hotel, 3rd Floor
212 Lavaca Street, Suite 390
Austin, TX 78701
ENTRY: The event is free and open to the public.
ABOUT GENEROUS ART: The online art gallery is dedicated to donating 40% of sales to local nonprofits, and gives 40% to local artists, seamlessly supporting the Austin community.
ABOUT GENSLER: Gensler is an international group of architects, designers, planners, and consultants dedicated to the transformational power of design in improving the quality of life in the communities it serves.