Work by Gay Outlaw
August 30 - October 12, 2003
Talk by Gay Outlaw
Friday, August 29, 5 pm
In the Museum
Friday, August 29, 5:307:30 pm
In the Museum
Outlaw has pursued her interest in light and the tricks optics play
on our perception of volume through explorations of the properties
of various materials. For example, a bundle of cardboard mailing
tubes with their ends cut diagonally and their interiors painted
yellow change radically in their illusion of volume as one walks
around it. Working with modular units, Outlaw has achieved expanses
of light-transforming images. Clear cast glass units, assembled
in a grid pattern, catch the light, undulating in wave formations.
Moving to familiar, ephemeral food materials, she has added the
dimension of time: we can see the work change in the environment.
her graduation in 1981 from the University of Virginia, with a major
in French, Outlaw studied at the École de Cuisine La Varenne
in Paris. She returned to the United States and took up photography.
Creating objects to photograph led her to focus on the object itself
and a body of sculptural pieces has resulted in the past ten years.
Currently residing in San Francisco, she has exhibited widely for
more than a decade on the West Coast, as well as in group and solo
training as a chef gave her an understanding of the properties of
food products, which she has exploited in her sculpture. Two years
ago, she made a large floor piece, a grid of cast caramel blocks
resting on metal springs, for exhibition at COPIA in Napa, California.
The piece exploited the transparency and crisp edges yet potential
liquidity and softness of the blocks.
by students in the McIntire Department of Art, Outlaw will create
a site-specific piece, composed of food products, for her U.Va.
Art Museum exhibition, which is sponsored by the University of Virginia
Arts Enhancement Fund and the Artist Program of the McIntire Department
Gay Outlaw working on Caramel Field at COPIA: The Center
for Wine, Food & the Arts, Napa, California. 2001.
Image © the Artist.
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