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Preparing for SPACE

Posted on April 1, 2013

At Creativity Explored's second studio, artists have been preparing for the upcoming exhibition SPACE, a display of sculpture-based work paired with elements of sound, video, and light. The proposed outcome is for artists to collaboratively create an immersive space of their own while working alongside the exhibition’s curators Grace Rosario Perkins and Miranda Putman.

One artist who has created an installation for SPACE is Anthony "Tony" Gomez. As Gomez looks at his piece, Different Colors, a sculpture made of sewn painted paper that measures over six feet in height, he comments that the piece needs "more up top.” The artist's large-scale piece will be on display along with a 16mm scratch film that will be projected through the sculpture's large mass. The addition of projection allows light to bleed through parts of the scultpure's surface giving it an appearance of movement.

Gomez’s film was made with pen, ink, and paint markings. He also scratched directly onto black leader film creating clean contrasting lines. The film was then edited with the help of his instructor, who sat beside Gomez as he decided where he would like the film to be spliced and rearranged. Gomez insists his piece is still not complete, mentioning he’d like it to be bigger, allowing all in the Creativity Explored studio the experience of watching this amorphous sculpture unfurl.

Another artist deeply involved with the SPACE exhibition is Hanh Chau. She has spent the last few months making three-dimensional works out of plaster, wire, cardboard, fabric, and recycled brass rings. Chau’s work is modular in nature and illustrates both her striking color sense and inventiveness with these materials. Chau's animation will also be in SPACE and focuses on abstract shapes whirring through a dark space with a minimal soundtrack she made using a midi keyboard.

Like Gomez’s piece, Chau intends to have one of her sculptures interact with video. When asked about her thoughts on her process and SPACE, Chau explains, “When I put things together, people will see it. At night, there will be light with my art. I’m experimenting. I enjoy making it. I use different materials. I love video. I’m putting more designs together and adding more sound. Maybe there will be a lot of action in the gallery and people will watch it.” Chau also expresses another important aspect of this upcoming exhibition—collaboration—stating, “I like drawing… but with sculpture, more people are around me. I get to work with more people.”

Jay Herndon, who is working on a wire sculpture explains his work for SPACE as an “experimental drawing." He explains, "The image does not represent anything, I don’t think. It’s more about form and shape [and] what designs I can make with my materials. I feel that I can make a drawing 3D out of wire and it will get bigger as I go along. Right now I will continue doing the same form.”

Other exciting elements of SPACE include sewn sculpture by Makeya Kaiser, digital drawings that will be utilized as large-scale wall projections with titles such as Valentine and Shirley Temple by Marilyn Wong, and white plaster and yarn sculptures paired with an abstract animation by Kaocrew “Yah” Kakabutra.

SPACE opens Thursday, May 2 at Creativity Explored. Check back for more updates on the show’s progress, including video updates of the artists at work.

Written by Creativity Explored Visual Arts Instructor and artist Grace Rosario Perkins.

CE artist Hanh Chau working diligently in the studio.

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