Forms for Language
an exhibition by Gyöngy Laky
September 12, 2019 – OCTOBER 31, 2019
September 12, 2019
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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
About Gyöngy Laky
GYÖNGY LAKY 's sculptural forms are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States. Internationally, her work has been exhibited in France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Hungary, Lithuania, Colombia, the Philippines and China (with one-person exhibitions in Spain, Denmark and England). She is also known for her outdoor site-specific installations which have occurred in the US, Canada, England, France, Austria and Bulgaria.
A past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Laky was also one of the first textile artists to be commissioned by the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program. Her work is in many permanent collections including the San Francisco MOMA, The Smithsonian's Renwick Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and others (see "Collections").
She was one of a team of three to develop a comprehensive Arts Master Plan for the new state-of-the-art, 130 acre, Federal Food and Drug Administration campus being built in Maryland. Her work is featured in a video, by Odyssey Video (England), and is included in over 20 books. In 2003, Portfolio Series: Gyöngy Laky, by Janet Koplos, was published in England ( Telos Art Publishing) and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, released her oral history.
Laky was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1944 and emigrated to the United States as a small child. She graduated from Carmel High School and completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley (1967-1971). Postgraduate work followed with the UC Professional Studies Program in India . Upon her return, she founded the internationally recognized Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts, in Berkeley, with accredited undergraduate and graduate programs. She is a professor emerita of the University of California, Davis (Chair, Department of Art, 1995-1997).
Letters in Landscapes
An Exhibition by Janis Blevins
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."
About Janis Blevins
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.
November 14, 2019 – December 28, 2019
Fall FUNDRAISING Event
Friday, November 15, 2019
Postcard Perspectives is an international mail art project in which original artworks have been produced on the backs of blank postcards and donated by international and local artists, designers, art students, and teachers, including students from ARTSPACE’s own Mentorship program. This program gives students access to printmaking equipment that is not typically available to high school students. All proceeds from the event go toward sustaining and expanding ARTSPACE’s public programming.
ALL ARE WELCOME to join us on Friday, November 15th for the ARTSPACE at Untitled Postcard Perspectives fall fundraising event from 7-10pm! The event is a fundraiser and opening for the debut of Postcard Perspectives as a collaborative exhibition in Oklahoma City, in which artists from 37 countries (and counting) have created and donated artworks on the backs of blank postcards and mailed them back to us. Attendees will be able to view, purchase, and take home postcards made by local and international artists. Tickets for general admission from 7-10pm are $50. VIP tickets will be available for $100 for those attendees who would like the opportunity to be the first to view and purchase postcard artworks from 5-7pm.