Friday, October 23, 2009

Momentum Artist: Andre Llanes

Andre Llanes, Bartlesville

Q: What was your concept behind your work?
AL: The piece as a whole is about exploring sound. Each piece has different amounts of rattles with different sizes and was fired differently. When I think of noise I think of animals and how each produce a unique noise. I wanted to do a related theme of animals, so I chose African animals.

Q: Explain the technique and/or process you used for the piece.
AL: Each piece is made out of white stoneware and was constructed using slab construction. I tend to have a geometric style and my pieces definitely reflect it. The lion was fired primatively, the giraffe was stained then high fired and the zebra was raku fired. They were then mounted, and a brass mane was constructed for the lion.

Momentum Tulsa 2009 includes visual art by artists aged 30 and younger. The exhibition is free and open at Living Arts, 307 E Brady, Tulsa, until October 24. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday 1-5 pm, until 9 pm on Thursday and Friday.

Curators Scott Perkins & Frank Wick selected 93 artworks by 66 artists from all over the state for the exhibition. Also, three Spotlight artists created bodies of work on display, Nick Bayer, Dustin Boise, and Emily Kern. Intern Ashley Romano interviewed the artists to learn about their creative process. Watch for more profiles throughout the run of the exhibition.

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