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Forms For Language: Opening Reception

  • ARTSPACE at Untitled 1 NE 3rd st Oklahoma City United States (map)

Forms For Language

An Exhibition by Gyöngy Laky

Artist Reception:
Thursday, October 3, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Opening Reception:
September 12, 2019
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

On View: September 12, 2019 – October 31, 2019


Join us on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5 – 8 PM for the opening reception of Forms For Language by Gyöngy Laky. This event is free and open to the public. Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be available throughout the night.


This exhibition is a full circle for me. My family escaped Hungary following the turbulence and dangers in the aftermath of World War II. Our refugee family of 5 was sponsored by the Stocker family of 5 on the shore of Lake Erie, Lorain, OH. After a year of loving care our first independent home was Oklahoma City in 1950. We were welcomed and nurtured by the good people of OKC. This is my first visit back since 3rd grade at Wilson Elementary School.

- Gyöngy Laky



SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 – OCTOBER 31, 2019

Letters In Landscapes began as a way to document memories of a vacation through found letters (letter forms that are found in nature architecture, art, or just everyday surroundings). I soon challenged myself to find every letter of the alphabet. It took several more “vacations” in which I searched for each letter for me to realize that this exercise was not only documenting special memories, but it was “teaching me to see” previously unobserved details. As I was looking for the lines and shapes that are combined to form a particular letter of the alphabet, I was actually more aware of details than ever before. Armand Cabrera uses the term “inattentional blindness” when we only see things we pay attention to, missing everything else. I soon realized that when I was "looking for letters" I was turning "inattentional blindness" into "intentional observation" or as many artist say I was "learning to see."


I somehow made it through junior high, high school, and college without taking even anything close to an art class.  But, I have always been interested in "creating" and went from one craft class to the next until 40 years ago I took a calligraphy class.  And, at that point, I became intensely interested in anything related to calligraphy.   I began my experience with calligraphy with "doing" rather than "seeing" and my letters showed the lack of attention to the finer details.  I finally realized that I needed to "train my eye" before my hand could make beautiful letters.  And now, 40 years later, I'm still working to "train my eye."  Letters in Landscapes has been a delightful adventure in "learning to see" as well as learning to appreciate and delight in the finer details of life.