K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas

Edge Friction - Deinstallation
K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas 
March 2 - April 27, 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this exhibition possible and that includes the deinstallation!  The deinstallation of these exhibitions is never as exciting as the installation, but it is a process that is vital to the next installation as all the strands of discs get boxed back up and the 2x4's turn into a pile of lumber.  

Thank you Michelle Smythe, Jennifer Arnold, and Cheryl Votzmeyer for all your work, help, coordination, and support on both ends and the transition to Phase II of this exhibition!  During deinstallation, K Space's rocking crew including Jalyn, Gerald, Payton, and Lars helped so much to get this multi-part solo exhibition into my truck and trailer.  Additionally, I thankful to Catey Arnold for joining the CD crew and helping me in the evenings.

It was a pleasure and honor to get to be part of the K Space exhibition season and to get to design installations for their gallery!  THANK YOU!

 

 

South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana

An Ekphrastic Event for Sharing the Muse 2018

This is the third year the South Bend Museum of Art has invited local poets to the museum to write a poem in response to a work in the collection.  These are then published in a chapbook and the museum hosts a public reading. I am honored that Anne Fefferman selected Amplitude for the subject of her creative writing.  Below is the front cover and page 7 of this chapbook.

Stephen Smith Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama 

In the Belly of the Beast: A Metal Casting Exhibition
Stephen Smith Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
May 4-August 26, 2018

On my to-do list this week - preparing and packing my sculpture Interest Only for shipping to the Stephen Smith Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama. I am honored to be included in this juried group exhibition In the Belly of the Beast: A Metal Casting Exhibition at the Stephen Smith Gallery in Birmingham, AL.  I am looking forward to being part of this group exhibition of fellow sculptors and getting to work with sculptor and curator Stacey Holloway

My addition to the exhibit will be: 
Interest Only, 2017
Bronze, steel, paint, acrylic, artificial grass, and 52 soaps
43” x 7.5” x 7.5”

Interest Only was beautifully described by curator Karen Gillenwater for Project 19: Naturall at Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY:

Relating directly to the idea of obsolescence through its ephemeral nature, Interest Only erodes the exurban dream of abundant lives and orderly landscapes. Gallery visitors are invited to wash their hands with Monopoly hotel soaps created by the artist. The soap is used and melts, “like an interest-only loan; no principal or equity grows,” says the artist, “but when totally spent and the soap dish’s patina has changed, a new house is pulled out and the cycle starts anew. Lessons or insights are washed away as the promise of the clean, fresh, American dream of success seems abundant.” For the generations who came of age playing the popular board game, this shape is perhaps more commonly associated than any other with ideas of consumption and the accumulation of personal property. The bronze soap dish resembles the excavated, scarred earth that typically surrounds newly constructed homes prior to the addition of landscaping, which is waiting in the drawers below in the form of artificial grass, along with a supply of identical houses to maintain the cycle.

 

Space One Eleven, Birmingham, Alabama

Through Glass, 2018
University of Alabama at Birmingham and Space One Eleven
March 4-8, 2018

It was wonderful to work with UAB faculty Stacey Holloway and Jared Ragland and with Space One Eleven's Director of Programs Cheryl Lewis, and CEO Peter Prinz both in the planning and execution of this project and visit to Birmingham. Beginning on Sunday, March 4th, I worked with students from University of Alabama at Birmingham to install in Space One Eleven.  This Birmingham visit continued at the university campus where I met with Sculpture classes and presented a public lecture. This installation will be on display till July 2018.

On the UAB News page, they have posted details prior to the visit and installation.

K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas

 Before

Before

For Phase 1 of this two-month solo exhibition, there are four installations and fourteen small works that have been designed in response to the gallery's architectural features and nuances. Of the four sections: two have ceiling suspension, one will be on casters for the gallery staff to continue to redesign the movement through the space, and another welcomes visitors at the door.  

Furthermore, since this exhibition is in the city I live in, I will be able to continue to work with the institution during the exhibition.  This includes workshops and gallery talks with a significant shift in the installation at the end of March in time for the April Art Walk.  

K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas
March 2 – April 26, 2018
Friday, March 2, 6-9pm - Opening Reception during the Corpus Christi March First Friday Art Walk

Friday, April 6, 6-9pm - 2nd Reception during the Corpus Christi April First Friday Art Walk

K Space Contemporary is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and promoting contemporary art. As a forum for creative exchange and experimentation, we aspire to educate and build awareness for innovative art in South Texas. K Space Contemporary is located in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas. K Space Contemporary is the oldest alternative art space in the Coastal Bend region.

A primary goal of the organization is to exhibit emerging and mid-career artists. K Space provides a forum for under-represented artists whose works are experimental, non-commercial, or difficult to exhibit due to unusual installation requirements or site-specific ideas.

COOP Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

Land Report East 5 
COOP Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
March 3-30, 2018

Turf Rolls, 2017
Artificial grass, wood, steel, paint, and tiny homes

I am excited to be a part of this upcoming group exhibition of works by the members of Land Report Collective
For this exhibition titled Land Report East 5, I will be displaying Turf Roll, 2017.

The Land Report Collective deals with landscape in fundamental ways and as a foundational reference point. Bajuyo’s work is fueled by compassion and a critique of capitalism, as she explores perceptions of value in order to foster an awareness of the role of social amnesia on consumer behavior. Brown considers the politics of mountaintop removal in his construction of objects and installations while also creating playful formal assemblages. Jobe typically creates schemes for public interaction through the delineation of pathways or through site-specific focal points. Jones responds to desert environments with experimental interactions, model scale sculpture, and large scale outdoor works. Kikut incorporates a lifelong interest in the horizon line in a series of paintings with flat Midwestern landscapes as his muse. Shadwell views the landscape from a non-traditional lens, responding to ephemeral images from highway road cameras, monumental mining operations and the optical nature of the salt flats through drawing, sculpture and video installation.

Leticia Bajuyo
Jason S. Brown
Brian R. Jobe
David L. Jones
Patrick Kikut
Shelby Shadwell

Juror, Tri-Group 54, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Juror
Tri-Group 54
At the Galvan House, Corpus Christi, Texas
Exhibition dates: February 2- March 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 6-8pm

Tri Group 54 will celebrate its 54 years of making local talent available for art enthusiasts in the community.

For the 2018 exhibition Tri Group 54, I am honored to be this year's juror and I look forward to getting to know more about Corpus Christi's art communities through the experience.  The exhibit will be on display in the Galvan House in Heritage Park. More than half a century ago when three local organizations partnered to put the work of local artists on display: the South Texas Art League, the Watercolor Society and the Art Association of Corpus Christi.