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"Gay Outlaw: Centric 61"
2001-10-30 until 2001-12-16
University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach
Long Beach, CA,
USA United States of America
The University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, has invited award-winning artist Gay Outlaw to create new work for the exhibition Gay Outlaw: Centric 61. In her first one-person show in Southern California, she will present 18 works, ranging from wall-mounted works to floor sculptures.
Outlaw, who was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1959, began her art career as a photographer. She has turned to sculpture in recent years in order to expand her artistic investigations, bringing them into 3-D. Outlaw creates patterns and optical illusions that give the impression that the surfaces of her sculptures move, their shapes seeming to metamorphose as the viewer moves around the works. Using vernacular materials such as pencils, chalk, or segments of drain hoses filled with plaster, she has produced a series of brilliantly simple works that reveal her fundamental belief in the value of craft. These abstracted forms possess an ornate complexity of surface, yet they take the ordinary shapes of cubes, spheres, and stairs. This exhibition, a continuation of the UAM Centric program, is the latest in an on-going series of small, timely exhibitions dedicated to introducing UAM audiences to the work of individual artists not previously seen in this area.