Gay Outlaw Exhibits New Work At U.Va. Art Museum
August 15, 2003 --
WHAT: New Work by Gay Outlaw
Saturday, Aug. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 12
University of Virginia Art Museum
155 Rugby Road
Gallery Talk by Gay Outlaw followed by a reception
Friday, Aug. 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
U.Va. Art Museum
is many things, but one of the most distinct challenges for artists
is the wide range of materials
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
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
formations. In other
works she uses food as a material, adding the dimension of time:
we can see the work
change in the environment.
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
years she has created a body of sculptural pieces.
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
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.
by McIntire Department of Art students, Outlaw will
create for the museum exhibit a site-specific piece composed
of food products.
by the U.Va. Arts Enhancement Fund and the Artist Program
of the McIntire Department of Art.
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
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking
is available behind the museum.
details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call
(434) 924-3592 or visit
the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298