Performance artist Lindsey Allgood will present here MFA Thesis on Thursday, December 5 at 6 p.m. at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman.
For more information, please contact Lindsey Allgood at LindseyAllgood@gmail.com.
Music and visual art have always existed hand-in-hand. This relationship is explored in Noise Makers, a group exhibition featuring Justin Camilli, Matt Goad, Chad Mount, Denny Schmickle, James Smith and Aaron Whisner opening on Friday, December 13 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman.
“There’s a language to both art and music that you’ll find running through and combining in the works featured in Noise Makers,” said Joshua Boydston, gallery manager of MAINSITE Contemporary Art and curator of the exhibition. “These artists all come armed with alternative and progressive sensibilities, and there’s a rebelliousness to these pieces that manifest themselves in such drastically different ways with each artist. You can see how their musical influences take shape in their art and their design sensibilities tie back to what they listen to. It’s an interesting give and take that I think visitors will be able to see in these pieces.”
The artists hail from across Oklahoma and Kansas and work in a variety of different mediums.
Justin Camilli is a printmaker and musician who has lived across the Southwest, currently residing in Lawrence, Kansas. His imaginative and often darkly mysterious pieces are exemplified in the cover he created for Oklahoma City indie rock outfit Tallows.
Matt Goad is an Oklahoma City artist who has worked professional as a graphic designer and illustrator for nearly 20 years, though he’s only recently made the jump to painting on canvas. His whimsical, geometric paintings of animal and nature draw inspiration from classical graphic design and the pop art reproduction of the mid-twentieth century. He has designed countless concert posters and album covers over the years and currently fronts Oklahoma indie act Feel Spectres.
Chad Mount is an Oklahoma-based artist who works in illustration, painting and more. His work has appeared in exhibitions across North America, Asia and Europe. Mount has worked with bands like Horse Thief and Brother Bear. Recently, he has experimented with projection mapping, a technological art form that turns objects into a surface for video projection, which he combined with live painting at a recent performance alongside the Canterbury Chorale Society.
Denny Schmickle is a Tulsa-based artist and graphic designer who specializes in hand-printed silkscreen concert posters and gallery installations. He has designed posters for the likes of Rilo Kiley, Ratatat, The Melvins, BRONCHO and Meat Puppets.
James Smith is an Oklahoma City artist who has gone from fronting one of the city’s most outrageous punk bands (the now defunct The Boom Bang) to creating artwork for garage rock and punk outfits from across the country, including Audacity, Upset and more.
Aaron Whisner is a Tulsa-based artist and designer who works in screen-printed posters, apparel and gallery installations. His street-art influenced art and designs have found their way into publications like CMYK Magazine, and he has designed posters for Jurassic 5, Caribou and Band of Horses.
Additionally, Noise Makers will showcase an audio-visual installation created by Norman New Wave band Depth & Current.
Norman Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner and photographer Sarah Engle-Barnett will showcase some of her latest work in The Library Gallery.
The Water Closet Gallery will house Place Make an exhibit from local painter and sculptor Anna Thomas.
The opening reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 13 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman, Okla. in conjunction with December’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. The exhibit will run through Saturday, January 11 with a closing reception scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, January 10.
MAINSITE Contemporary Art is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit mainsite-art.com for more information on the gallery.
Check out how the Firehouse Art Center is with and inspiring underserved populations through an amazing installation featured at the Creativity Forum in OKC this week:
Norman-based creative firm The Idea Collective will turn white walls into an immersive video art experience as part of a 3-year anniversary and 100th episode celebration for “The VDub Sessions” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council, 122 E. Main St.
The VDub Sessions is a music video series that began in 2010 as a partnership between Fowler Volkswagen of Norman and local indie rock radio station The Spy to support the state’s evolving music culture. The series captures live performances inside a 1977 Volkswagen bus as it tours the streets of downtown Oklahoma City.
MAINSITE Contemporary Art will be darkened for the anniversary party, dramatizing the first 99 episodes of The VDub Sessions which will be projected on surfaces throughout the gallery for one night only. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres by Norman restaurant Scratch, and specialty cocktails by Prairie Wolf Spirits and Strong Tonic Company. Live music begins at 7 p.m. with Denver Duncan, followed by Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin’ Chariots at 8 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
Both artists have appeared on The VDub Sessions. Denver Duncan was featured in a special Mother’s Day episode in May 2012 and Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin’ Chariots performed their original song “Shot of Whiskey” for the 99th episode of the series.
“High quality video is one of the most important tools musicians have to promote themselves, to book decent paying shows and get accepted as featured artists at festivals,” said Jonathan Fowler, vice president of operations for Fowler Holding Co. and co-founder of Norman Music Festival. “Video like that is prohibitively expensive for many artists, and we wanted the world to see and hear the best new, original music Oklahoma has to offer, so we pooled our resources and launched a creative concept that people have really seemed to embrace.”
“The series has grown to the point now where touring artists want to do a session when they’re in town, and we’ve done a number of non-music episodes with visual artists, so it’s a concept that’s always growing and evolving,” said Ferris O’Brien, owner of The Spy. “It’s been a lot of fun to be a part of, and we’ve captured some great video of a city on the move through the windows.”
Another free concert celebrating the anniversary will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Empire Slice House, 1734 N.W. 16th St. in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District featuring Taddy Porter, the first band to record an episode of The VDub Sessions.
For more information about The VDub Sessions, visit www.vdubsessions.com.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Association is sponsoring a one-day bus trip to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, to view The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Kimbell’s latest expansion, the Renzo Piano Pavilion. The Dec. 10 trip is open to museum Association members and the public.
Nearly 100 works from the Art Institute of Chicago will be on view at the Kimbell in The Age of Picasso and Matisse, including paintings and sculptures from both Picasso and Mastisse, as well as works from a variety of artists from Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain.
“This is the first time that this impressive collection from the Art Institute of Chicago will be on display at another American city,” said Chelsea Julian, membership development officer for the FJJMA. “It is an opportunity any art lover will not want to miss.”
The tour also includes a visit to the Renzo Piano Pavilion, the Kimbell’s highly anticipated new building, designed by noted architect Renzo Piano that opens Nov. 27 directly across the lawn from the museum’s original home.
The tour will depart from Norman at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, after boarding the bus at the Target parking lot in the University Town Center. There also will be an Oklahoma City departure at 7 a.m. from the Science Museum Oklahoma parking lot. The group will arrive back in Oklahoma City at approximately 6:30 p.m. and Norman by 7 p.m.
The cost of the tour is $90 for Museum Association members and $115 for not-yet members. The price includes round-trip transportation, snacks, lunch at the museum, exhibition admission fees and the museum’s audio tour. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 22.
More information about the trip can be found on the membership section of the FJJMA website at www.ou.edu/fjjma. Additional information is available by contacting Julian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 325-2297.
Australian singer and producer Chet Faker will perform on Wednesday, November 6 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman. Oklahoma City electronic act Upstairsia will open the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show will start at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show.
In 2012, the Norman Arts Council introduced the Robert Kidd III Arts Programs Scholarship Fund to provide support for Norman students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade to attend arts education programs with an established arts organization or educator.
Awards are given for fall, spring and summer class sessions. A selection of arts education experiences and other arts related events and programs is available on the 2013 Norman Arts Resource Guide, available online at http://www.normanarts.org/resources/2013-norman-arts-resource-guide//.
Applications for Spring 2014 are available now and accepted through Friday, November 22, 2013. Download full the full guidelines and application here.
The Robert Kidd III Arts Programs Scholarship Fund is made possible with support from Republic Bank and Trust and the City of Norman.
For more information on the scholarships call 405-360-1162.
Donald G. Longcrier will discuss his exhibition Wooden Fish during an artist talk at MAINSITE Contemporary Art on Thursday, November 7, at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Longcrier’s work springs from a longtime interest in the contemplative life in both Western and Eastern traditions. He works with materials that are familiar to him: rope, wood, beeswax, carpenter’s tools, and fishing tackle.
His artist’s statement for the exhibition states, “The wooden fish is a simple percussion instrument used in some Buddhist traditions to maintain a rhythm while reciting sutras and Buddhist scriptures. Originally a large, carved fish found hanging outside temples along with the bell and gong; it was used to call monks to their assigned duties. The fish in Buddhist tradition never sleeps and therefore symbolizes wakefulness.”
Longcrier has exhibited in Colorado, Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma. His work is in numerous private collections.
Donald G. Longcrier is the Director of the Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery and Adjunct Professor of Art at Oklahoma City University. He lives in Norman with his wife Sandra.
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