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Fresh Art

at Untitled [ArtSpace] by Kelsey Karper

Six young artists from the Oklahoma City area were recently featured in an exhibition at Untitled [ArtSpace] entitled Fresh. Each artist had a distinctly recognizable style and all used different methods of creating. The work of these six distinct artists was united, however, through the use of layers with an emphasis on the creative process.

Trent Lawson exhibited his abstract mixed media paintings that are created using his unique process of laying string into wet gesso, letting the lines of the string define the shapes within the painting. His process invites the viewer to participate in his creative process by finding their own meaning or imagery within the piece.

Betsy Barnum, Program Assistant at Untitled, served as curator for the exhibition. Moving to Oklahoma only recently, Betsy took a fresh look at the emerging artistic talent in Oklahoma City to create this exhibition. Of the experience, Betsy said, “I was impressed with how fervent the young art community is here. I jumped right in and was whole-heartedly welcomed.�

Science and nature are a source of inspiration in the work of Brooke Madden. Her installation piece called Development in Space creates a beautiful and otherworldly environment of honeycomb-like objects suspended from the ceiling. The spheres are created using natural materials like rice and paper.

All under the age of 30, the six artists featured in the exhibition were Amanda Weathers Bradway, Trent Lawson, Brooke Madden, Natalie Moore, Cassie Stover and Naomi Sumi. Painting on wood was the medium of choice for Amanda Weathers Bradway and she effectively used the wood not only as a working surface but she also allowed the subtle grains to become a part of her composition. The faces of her female subjects were often simplified into shapes and planes. This simplicity was well balanced with the intricate details in other areas of her compositions, such as floral images and patterns.

Cassie Stover I Worry About You Acrylic on Canvas

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Natalie Moore is a senior studying graphic design and her large paintings on canvas reveal the influence of her studies in her work. Painterly brushstrokes in saturated hues are the background for layers of organic plant life, abstracted to become very graphic elements within the piece. Urban elements like tattoo artistry, graffiti, underground cultures, and spray-paint made there way into the work of Cassie Stover. Her paintings had a narrative quality, seeming to tell a story about the people featured in them. The realistic portraits, juxtaposed with images of graffiti covered walls, gave a sense of something happening, something more than a single look would reveal.

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Art Focus Oklahoma, March/April 2007  

2007 March/April Art Focus Oklahoma is a bimonthly publication of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition dedicated to stimulating insight into a...

Art Focus Oklahoma, March/April 2007  

2007 March/April Art Focus Oklahoma is a bimonthly publication of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition dedicated to stimulating insight into a...

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