To give insight into the works included in the 24 Works on Paper exhibition, Ryan Pack has interviewed some of the participating artists about their work in the show. The exhibition opens TONIGHT Saturday July 18 from 6-9pm at IAO Gallery, 811 N Broadway in downtown OKC. It will continue through August 8 at IAO and will then travel the state for a full year.
Christopher M. Owens
Ryan: Do you listen to anything while you create your work? What inspires you (Be it art, music, books, movies, etc..)?
Chris: Sometimes there are things that specifically evoke an idea or image. This time it was a reaction to the existing image and the dynamics of the additions. I have for a long time been intrigued by the ideas of manipulating visual space so as to disengage the boundary of the picture plain.
Ryan: Would you care to tell us about the technique you used for your piece? And why the technique appeals to you?
Chris: This is a resurrection of another work which hadn't been resolved well. In an attempt to both extinguish a nagging eyesore and resuscitate the composition, I used it as an underpainting. The previous work had been gouache. I worked back into that composition with charcoal, latex, and acrylic. This approach seemed to be the easiest way to both use some of the underpainting, and still have flexibility down the road. I enjoy taking chances to see what might happen.
More of Christopher's artwork can be seen at http://cmowens.blogspot.com/