Written by Susan Miller on Friday September 21, 2012
Like most people who go to the state fair, when I take a pass through the animal exhibits I peer into the pens and smile at cute little goats. I wrinkle my nose up at the smell of cow patties and exclaim over the gorgeous horses. Then it’s off to find a funnel cake, but this year I gave the animals at the fair more than a cursory nod. Gallery videographer Ryan Lorg and I literally spent hours with them shooting footage for our November program.
We shot video of kids with cows, grown women with goats and corporations with Clydesdales. Holy Heifer, the man hours that go into getting a team of Clydesdales ready to show is staggering. We followed the Express Clydesdales as they were buffed and polished to compete in the North American Draft Horse competition. Only 12 teams from throughout North America qualified to compete and Express Clydesdales of Yukon was one of them. We spent 6 hours with the team on their first day to compete. In a word, “Impressive”.
As Ryan and I headed back to the station after that shoot Ryan opined that it was funny that we actually spent more time shooting pygmy goats earlier in the week than we did the huge Clydesdales. Adorable pygmy goats and their proud owners, 99% female, descended upon the Oklahoma State Fair this year for the National Pygmy Goat Association’s Annual show. Once again, these were the best of the best and again, we spent hours watching the goats get prepped and then judged. It was during these hours that I learned what the urine from a male goat smells like and that he puts it on his beard to attract females. I don’t like the scent at all, but then again…I’m human.
Finally, what most folks think about when they think of animals at the fair…kids, you know, 4-H and the Future Farmers of America? The state fair is their turf! This is where young people who’ve spent months raising an animal, feeding it, training it and bathing it come to see if they have what it takes to raise a great, oh, let’s say…dairy cow. Once again we randomly selected two young people to follow. I say randomly, but in truth, we arrived 2 hours before the Dairy Showmanship Competition expecting to see a flurry of activity, but only two teens were busy buffing their bovine beauties when we arrived. The rest had done their work the day before, so we followed these two teens through the very end of their competition. No, I won’t tell you how they or any of the others fared at the fair. You’ll just have to watch these “Stock Stars” in action on Gallery in November to find out.
Written by David Tamez on Wednesday May 2, 2012
Upcoming Cipher Exhibit at Individual Artist of Oklahoma Gallery!
Clint Stone - Director of IAO talks about current exhibit
Written by David Tamez on Tuesday February 7, 2012
Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly
On view through April 8th, 2012
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s collection of glass by American artist Dale Chihuly reopened New Year’s Eve. Exhibited on the third floor, ILLUMINATIONS: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly presents a fresh look at the Museum’s popular Chihuly collection. Redesigned in collaboration with Chihuly Studio, the newly installed galleries will incorporate a unique design that features a three-dimensional approach to viewing some objects in the collection. The presentation will allow visitors to explore the large Float Boat and Ikebana Boat installations from all sides as well as includes viewing slots for the Reeds.
ILLUMINATIONS will be accompanied by a special exhibition on the third floor titled Chihuly: Northwest. On view through April 8, 2012, this exhibition will include glass sculptures by Chihuly inspired by Native American baskets; Chihuly’s personal collection of Native American textiles as well as photographs by Edward S. Curtis from The North American Indian Portfolio; and recent examples of Chihuly’s White series.
In 2002, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art inaugurated its new home in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center with an exhibition of glass and drawings by Dale Chihuly. Bolstered by enormous public support, the Museum purchased the exhibition, which included works from Chihuly’s best-known series and was anchored by the 55-foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the Museum’s atrium.
About Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly’s well-grounded academic and practical background includes a B.A. in interior design from the University of Washington, a M.S. in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and honorary doctorates from the University of Puget Sound and the Rhode Island School of Design. He also was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant for work in glass and studied at Italy’s prestigious Venini glass factory on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Chihuly’s work is included in over 200 museum collections, including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and he has received world renown for his extensive glass series, international projects, and large architectural installations such as the Museum’sEleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower. The Museum’s collection represents over three decades of Chihuly’s finest work and heralds this brilliant luminist as the most important artist working in glass since Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Written by David Tamez on Tuesday February 7, 2012
CITY ARTS CENTER
Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art
from the Bank of America Collection
February 14 – May 4, 2012
Celebrating and examining works by artists on both sides of the Mexican and Mexican-American border, this exhibition reveals the social ideas and educational theories taken up by modern Mexican artists at the end of the Mexican Revolution. This unique survey of over 90 works includes paintings, prints and photographs created over the past 80 years.
Featured in this exciting exhibition are works by some of the best-known Mexican artists: Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Gunther Gerzso, as well as Mexican-American artists such as Judithe Hernandez, Roberto Juarez and Robert Graham, and American artists who worked in Mexico such as Edward Weston, Paul Strand and Harry Callahan.
Visitors of the Miradas exhibition will have the opportunity to observe the works of many artists who have been attracted to and inspired by Mexico’s ancient civilizations and modern theories alike.
The exhibition is part of Bank of America’s Art in Our Communities program and curated by Cesáreo Moreno of the National Museum of Mexican Art in collaboration with Bank of America’s curatorial staff..
Written by David Tamez on Tuesday February 7, 2012
Ben Pendleton & Kevin Thomas Exhibitions
FEBRUARY 10th – MARCH 3rd
Individual Artists of Oklahoma will exhibit the work of two emerging artists, Ben Pendleton and Kevin Thomas, this February. Ben Pendleton will present a body of mixed media work that featuring photography entitled Beyond the Borders. Kevin Thomas will exhibit a series of paintings which explore the concept of 3=1. Beyond the Borders and 3=1 will open with an artists’ reception on Friday, February 10th from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The exhibitions will remain on display through March 3rd, 2012.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Ben Pendleton earned an associate degree from Oklahoma City Community College in the area of film and video production. Pendleton spent the following four years working part-time as an editor, camera operator, camera assistant, production assistant, photographer, and field producer. After realizing that he had been working in the process of other people’s artwork and not producing his own work, Pendleton quickly stopped freelancing and got a steady full-time job. At this point, he began showing more of his own work in group exhibitions throughout Oklahoma City.
When producing his own work, Pendleton embraces as many different types of material as he feels fits his work. He rarely produces more than one or two pieces with the same material, visual aesthetic, or subject. With Beyond the Borders, Pendleton mined his fascination with old photographs and his own childhood memories. “It’s great to look at old photos and imagine putting yourself inside that moment,” states the artist. He asks himself a series of questions including, “What were the people like? What was happening before, after or while the pictures was taken? How do people in this picture remember this moment?” The installations, Pendleton has created around the photographs are attempts to experience what it was like to be in these photographs. Using a variety of media, he surrounds the photographs with objects that convey the atmosphere of the image.
Kevin Thomas is an Oklahoman artist and art educator. Since 2003, he has taught at Edmond Santa Fe High School. He pursued his undergrad studies at Oklahoma Christian University. In 1998 he received his MFA in illustration, painting and drawing from Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2010, he received his Master of Education in Education Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is currently pursuing an Education Doctorate in Education Administration.
Of his work to be exhibited at Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Kevin Thomas explains, “The works in 3=1 convey a constructivist sense of reality. This philosophy denotes that personal experiences make up our realities. There is a universe full of many pathways, from which each of us must choose.” The paintings will represent pathways intertwined from the aspects of the body, mind, and soul. Thomas continues, “Body, mind, and soul represent the three facets of humanity, 3=1. The thinking process involved in the conceptualization of these paintings denotes a controlled chaos, similar to that found in life. The rhythmic flow demonstrated in each painting is a reflection of my deeper insight and understanding of reality.”
The exhibitions of Ben Pendleton and Kevin Thomas will open in conjunction with the photography of Jeff McCullough in the IAO Project Space.