Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Paul Bagley - Creative Projects Grant Recipient

With the help of a Creative Projects grant from OVAC, Oklahoma City artist Paul Bagley plans to work with a California artist collective, the Flaming Lotus Girls, to complete a new sculpture titled Tympani Lambada. Bagley describes the piece as a magnified sculpture of the tympanic cavity, a sculptural embodiment of the structures by which we hear and balance, combining fire, vibration and sound to create an experience rich with visceral sensuality. The bone and membrane of the inner ear’s vestibular system is transformed into steel and fire. Flame effects, LEDs and sound effects mirror the function – circular, sensory experience: smell, hear, and touch. The group plans to reveal the piece at the 2011 Burning Man festival in Nevada.

artists rendering of proposed sculpture

Bagley's work includes three-dimensional interactive multimedia work. He explains "I’m attempting to uncover the origins of art within a (western) hyper culture and how the two might resonate together. I prefer public art installations that spark further action upon the spectator either as utility or creativity."

Paul Bagley, Remember, Sculpture

Bagley has a BFA from the University of Oklahoma. He has worked as an artist, activist, and teacher in Oklahoma and throughout the U.S. for over 20 years.

Guest Author: Susan Beaty

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