is a project of the Norman Arts Council, "...born out of the idea that the arts can affect positive and lasting change through placemaking – the act of bringing the “community” back to the Community through a series of art exhibits and installations and temporary improvements to a designated area of Downtown Norman.
I am excited to be a part of Threshold: the promised land
, an exhibit of installations by several local artists in the Old Lumber Yard on Main St in Norman, part of the StART Norman project. Here is the curatorial statement for the exhibit from curators Laura Reese and heather ahtone:
Threshold: the promised land will explore the space as a site for transformation. Threshold implies an opening for change, a boundary yet to be crossed, and the maximum or minimum point of change. The phrase “promised land” brings to mind hope and new beginnings, as well as reflection on local history. The artists will create work that examines themes around building, construction and future potential as well as the economy of exchange. In the early years of the city’s second century, Norman’s citizens seek to express the vibrancy of the community and to celebrate the diversity that makes it an amazing place to live.
The exhibition will be accompanied by educational programming and creative performance by local musicians, performance artists, poets, and others. The intent of this installation is to transform the community of Norman through the vehicle of art, reflecting inclusivity and respect as core values of the city.
My installation is entitled "Succession". Many of the themes I commonly explore with my work apply here, but at the same time this site is very different--- it is man-made. Much like with Dyed-In-The-Wool,
I am intrigued by the breakdown of a once heavily used and well maintained structure that has been reclaimed in a way by the natural environment. Its next stage of life - succession.
In addition to "Succession", I have also been working on a collaboration with an artist who I very much admire and who shares my affinity for tiny woodland organisms, Sarah Hearn
. She is creating several small lichen installations and we have worked together on one of them, which I'm very excited to see in its final state.
The images in this post are just some recent progress shots. The opening is this Friday, March 11th at 6 PM, and the exhibit will be up through May 10th!