New Work by AHHA Studio Artists
December 5, 2014 – January 4, 2015
AHHA Creative Studios + Main Gallery
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
STUDIO is an exhibition that brings together five Tulsa artists with a variety of backgrounds, artistic goals, and aesthetics. A group with inspirations varying from vintage video games, to the human condition, to the bright colors of the American Southwest, each artist brings a clear voice to their specific media. This diverse group of artists all work in studios on the fourth floor of the Hardesty Arts Center and are the inaugural group of AHHA Studio Artists.
The AHHA Studio Artist program fosters visual art-making, direct engagement, collaboration and partnerships. Meaningful connections between AHHA and diverse audiences are nurtured and supported. All Studio Artists are considered a vital part of the AHHA community and its programming. The work in STUDIO comes from active art-making in the rooftop studios at AHHA.
All events located at the Hardesty Arts Center
101 East Archer Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Friday, December 5, 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Coincides with First Friday Art Crawl
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL + MARKET
Thursday and Friday, December 11-12, 2014
1:00pm – 8:00pm
Extended public hours for exhibition.
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DROP IN PAINTING ACTIVITY
WITH JOHN HAMMER
Thursday and Friday, December 11-12, 2014
3:30pm – 7:30pm
$15 for members, $20 for not-yet-members
Part of the Holiday Festival + Market.
EXHIBITION LAST LOOK
Sunday, January 4, 2015
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Barnett Family Foundation
The Sanford & Irene Burnstein Foundation
The Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Then: Born in Oklahoma. Raised in Texas. Back to Oklahoma for university. Off to Japan.
Now: Live and work in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Why: I like making visual art. I enjoy both the process and the end result. I am fortunate to possess the resources to do what I enjoy.
For me, photography changed from more than a way of merely recording life as we see it several years ago. It quickly became an escape from the trials of daily life and a way of putting into balance many questions I have about not only my own psyche, but a way of understanding the complicated questions we all have about human nature, fear and the power of emotions. I wanted to be able to actually record feelings through my photographs, or perpetuate a place where an emotional response could be borne. When that happened, I quickly found that through completing a concept it also created a place where I could put troubles or issues that were on my mind.
JOHN HAMMER first realized he was an artist in the 3rd grade. Since then, he’s never thought of being anything else (well, maybe a rock star – but that’s it!).
Throughout John’s primary school years, he most enjoyed the art of pencil and ink drawings. He won several art competitions and that inspired him to keep developing his skills. When it came time for college, he decided to pursue a degree in Commercial Art. At that time, hand skills were the primary tools used to produce projects for clients. Once computer technology took over the design field, he found himself developing those computer design skills and drawing less. But, he never lost the desire to pursue his fine art.
In May, 2012, the day arrived that John would launch into that pursuit. He picked up a paintbrush and took off on an exciting new direction in his career. In a variety of subject matter, his design background and love of color really stand out in his current work. This style has been described as “Pop Impressionism”.
As John follows his fine art vision, the goals are to keep his art diverse and his expressions varied. He says, “I’ll always paint and pursue new mediums, but I won’t forget my first love…the pencil”.
The process of making art is an adventurous journey for me. I enjoy working intuitively. The materials I use are anything from yarn to turkey neck bones to combed cat hair. I like fiber art because it offers much variety. I love using my hands to create weavings, coiled pieces and beading.
I was born in Corpus Christi, TX and moved to Laredo a year later. I was drawn to the bright, vibrant colors and high energy which was even more noticeable after crossing the river into Nuevo Laredo. My Mother was an artist and encouraged me to use my imagination when creating art.
I’ve enjoyed making the collaborative pieces while learning from each other. It is so true that two heads are better than one.
Visit Sharyl’s website: beadith.com
With my artwork I’m always trying to convey a sense of motion, mutation, and disintegration. Something kinetic and alive.
The bright colors add a vibrant and chaotic element. The subject matter is a reflection of my various obsessions with classic video game culture, cartoons, and underground comics.