Monday, February 13, 2017

  • Friday, February 3, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)
    Myers Gallery Spoken Word Performance
    New Dance New Music & Drumming PechaKucha

    ARTISTS' BIO:

    In 1996, Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix opened their first glass studio in Greenport, NY.  In this studio, they primarily cast glass to use as elements for their individual glass and mixed media sculpture and for custom architectural projects.

    In 2000, they began a collaborative body of blown glass vessels.  This early work was developed and made under the studio name Boar Glass. This work experimented with the use of bright colors and abstract, textural patterns on sculptural glass forms.  This collection of work incorporated large blocks of color, or  color wraps that surrounded patterned layers of color, all flowing across the surface of their sculptural forms.

    Although much of the work was created as pieces in a series, each piece was treated as an abstract painting and therefore, each was unique.

    This work expanded into more complicated forms and patterning designs often incorporating incalmos, core color pick ups and simple, monolithic forms.

    Greenport’s beautiful seascape and maritime environment was an early influence on Bengt and Trefny’s work.  They also found inspiration from the great abstract painters: Rothko, Gorkey and the early work of Matisse.  Other sources of inspiration were from world textiles, aquatic life forms, landscapes, and urban graffiti.

    Bengt and Trefny use a combination of traditional Italian and Swedish glass blowing techniques as well as many experimental techniques that they have developed in their studio to create their work.

    In March 2010, Bengt and Trefny moved to Durango, CO for four years. They set up their glass studio and a glass gallery in Durango. The beautiful Southwest was a welcoming and inspiring location.  It’s vast desert landscapes and unique color schemes quickly became a vibrant new source of inspiration for their work.

    In 2013 Bengt and Trefny relocated to Bengt’s childhood home in East Hampton, NY. They were able to move their glass studio to their home and have again have been deeply inspired by the beautiful maritime landscape that surrounds them on Long Island, NY.

    Bengt Hokanson received a B.A. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 1991.

    He also studied glass blowing at Tulane from 1987-1991.

    He worked as a gaffer for Gene Koss, Head of the Glass Dept. at Tulane University, from 1990-93.

    He studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA in many sessions between 1991-2002. In 1993, Bengt was a T.A. for Pike Powers at Pilchuck Glass School.  In 1998, he was a T.A. for Gene Koss at Pilchuck Glass School.

    Bengt has taken classes at The Studio at Corning, Corning, NY and at Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY.

    He has been working in glass for 25 years.

     

    Trefny Dix received a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Indiana University Bloomington in 1993. She learned glass casting while working at Studio Inferno, New Orleans, LA and has studied glass casting and glass blowing at Pilchuck Glass School. 

    Trefny has also taken classes at The Studio at Corning, Corning, NY.

    She has been working in glass for 19 years.

    http://www.boarglass.com/

  • Friday, February 3, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)
    Myers Gallery Spoken Word Performance
    New Dance New Music & Drumming PechaKucha

    HEIRLOOM EXHIBITION STATEMENT
    These home accessories are inspired by the recent move of my grandmother, who
    was entrenched within a tomb of family artifacts. Many of these objects, furniture and
    tchotchkes, have descended to her nearest and dearest. Translation: into another
    storage unit. Heirloom speaks to this burden of stuff, physical and emotional,
    between generations of people to whom acquisition meant wealth.

    ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
    Claire Rau was born in Sandusky, Ohio and raised in northeast Tennessee. She completed
    her graduate work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2004) with the installation
    Body Plunder. She has taught printmaking and sculpture at several institutions and presently
    teaches sculpture at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is the recipient of
    several awards and residencies, including the Book Arts & Printmaking Fellowship at the
    Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (Venice, Italy) in 2005. Claire has exhibited in the US and
    internationally including MASS Gallery (Austin, TX), Breve Gallery (Mexico City, Mexico),
    Biggin Gallery (Auburn University, AL), Lump Gallery (Raleigh, NC), and Open Studio
    (Toronto, Canada). She is a founding member of an artist run collective in New Orleans, The
    Front.

  • Friday, February 3, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)

    Myers Gallery Spoken Word Performance

    With one-third of the average American’s wake life being spent on their phones, I’m very interested in how our devices play a role in the way people interact with others. The way we engage imagery and consume information. On the internet, there’s this “uncanny valley” that’s fascinating, a sort of hyperreality. The idea that something is so real, but not quite, can be very unsettling and disturbing. This begs the question, “where humanity and society are going?”

     

    I’m not looking to critique this, rather to create a platform for debate. So, I decided to take these giant fleshy, flaccid paintings called CHUNKISM and travel around the US, confronting the public. These Fleshscapes dropped in a casual everyday setting, shakes things up! Getting people thinking what reality is, what it means. It doesn’t matter if the viewer understands what they are experiencing, because a seed is planted on a visceral and subconscious level. You’re forced to rethink. Questioning is good.

     

    The reactions are very funny, serious and interesting as hell. At the Inaugural Fried Chicken Festival last year, in New Orleans, a voluptuous women yells,”Big Booty Tootie” and starts grinding on my 8 foot painting. You can see the videos of these performances at: http://www.chunkism.com/

     

    Resource:

    “While the U.S. did not lead global markets in terms of amount of time spent on social media networks, it was far and away the highest consumer of monthly data, spending the most time per day on their phones with a staggering 4.7 hours. Considering that the average American is awake for just over 15 hours a day (seeing as we sleep for an average of eight hours and 42 minutes), this means that we spend approximately a third of our time on our phones.”

    -http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/informate-report-social-media-smartp...

  • Friday, February 3, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)

    Click on the banners below to learn more about each exhibits. We invite you to the openings during the Tulsa Arts District's First Friday Art Crawl, Feb 3, 6-9pm.