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Sculptor Gay Outlaw Exhibits New Work At U.Va. Art Museum

August 15, 2003 --

WHAT: New Work by Gay Outlaw

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 12

WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum
155 Rugby Road
Charlottesville, Va.

WHAT: Gallery Talk by Gay Outlaw followed by a reception

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: U.Va. Art Museum

Sculpture is many things, but one of the most distinct challenges for artists is the wide range of materials available with which to realize their ideas. Gay 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 them. In another project Outlaw works with modular units, creating expanses of light-transforming images — clear cast glass units, assembled in a grid pattern, catch the light, undulating in wave formations. In other works she uses food as a material, adding the dimension of time: we can see the work change in the environment.

Following her graduation in 1981 from the University of Virginia with a degree 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 objects themselves, and during the past 10 years she has created a body of sculptural pieces.

Outlaw’s training as a chef gave her an understanding of the properties of food products, which she exploits 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, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, in Napa, Calif. The piece exploited the transparency and crisp edges yet potential liquidity and softness of the blocks.

Assisted by McIntire Department of Art students, Outlaw will create for the museum exhibit a site-specific piece composed of food products. The project is sponsored by the U.Va. Arts Enhancement Fund and the Artist Program of the McIntire Department of Art.

Outlaw currently resides in San Francisco and has exhibited widely on the West Coast for more than a decade, as well as in group and solo shows elsewhere.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available behind the museum.

For details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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