August 9, 2011 by molliveroneal
This October, Tulsa’s Brady Arts District will come alive with the artworks of Oklahoma’s up-and-coming artists. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum Tulsa: Art Doesn’t Stand Still launches Saturday, October 8, from 8 pm – Midnight at Living Arts, 307 E. Brady. Highlighting Oklahoma artists ages 30 and under, the exhibition will feature painting, photography, sculpture, film, performance, and large-scale installations. Following the opening event, the exhibition will remain on display through October 27. The call for artwork entries is now available, with a deadline of September 12. Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces through an online application at http://www.MomentumOklahoma.org. As a part of Momentum Tulsa, three artists received $1,500 Momentum Spotlight commissions to create new artwork. The Momentum Spotlight artists receive cash commissions and three months of interaction with the guest curators. Selected Momentum Spotlight artists are Brian Letzig of Stillwater, Jacquelyn Sparks of Oklahoma City, and Jessica Tankersley of Norman. Letzig’s project The World We Live In includes sound and video projected onto ceramic house forms, with the video imagery illustrating juxtapositions experienced in everyday Oklahoma life. This multimedia installation incorporates both sides of his studies as an OSU student studying ceramics after receiving an architecture degree. Sparks is incorporating research on her family history to tell an unbelievable story. Reconstructing Charles Proctor is a photographic project which illustrates the story of her mysterious grandfather whose work took him around the globe, leaving behind clues and artifacts that are helping the artist piece together his life. Sparks is a student at OU seeking a master of fine arts in photography. For Tankersley’s Twitter Heart project, she is creating an electronic sculpture that will appear to have a life of its own, with a rhythmic beat similar to a heart. The sculpture’s “heart beat” however, actually depends on the word “heart” appearing on the social networking site Twitter. If no “heart” tweets are found, the sculpture will cease to move. Tankersley is also a student at OU, studying Media Arts. Guest curators select the art and awards for Momentum Tulsa from an open call to artists. This year, curators are Brian Hearn, Film Curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Waylon Summers, Gallery Director at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa as Emerging Curator. Tickets to the October 8 event are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets and more information call 405-879-2400 or visit www.MomentumOklahoma.org.