Jennifer Chenoweth: Sacred Space: Solo Show, Julia C. Butridge Gallery

Sacred Space Drawing

Fisterra Studio is pleased to announce a solo show of Jennifer Chenoweth’s drawings, paintings and sculptures at the Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Art Center: Sacred Space.

Wednesday June 5 – Saturday June 29, 2013. The artist’s reception will be Tuesday June 11, 2013 from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm.

The Dead Music Capital Marching Band will perform at the opening.

Art-making is my primary spiritual action. Creating art allows me to express my unique manifestation as a body and as a conscious being. “Sacred Spaces” explores the interactive space of the human body through architectural sculpture and gestural mark-making.

Painting used to tell the stories of a culture on the surfaces of sacred spaces such as caves, temples and churches–photography and film have replace this function of visual art. What remains unique to visual art is the hand of the artist and the visceral relationship of the art object to both the maker and viewer of the art. The human body is represented in its indexical evidence in drawings and in geometric markers of ourselves. I create forms that unify these ideas, such as a dome that is the diameter of my reach. Using the indexical movement of my arm, I draw and paint on the surface in various media, from charcoal to a plasma-cutter. The finished artworks are both sculpture and painting.

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So I may better understand how sacred space is created through geometry and form, I have studied the evolution of historical sacred architecture from Etruscan to Greek to Roman to Christian. The shapes incorporated into these structures evoke gendered symbolism–the curved dome represents a feminine, mother-figure, while Catholic cruciform shapes represent the masculine, with vertical space representing the trinity. Reiterating these symbols in my own work allows me to explore both the personal space of one body and the interactive relationships between several bodies at once.  –Preview of WORK IN PROCESS–

Before construction, I create drawings and scale models to help me consider the sizes and proportions of the artworks as well as how to place the artwork in relationship to viewers. Family relationships and group dynamics are important themes of my work, but some artworks are simply the practice of making marks in space with my unique hand in a variety of materials.

My artwork is relational. The work isn’t complete until there is someone interacting with it. Once I have made these artworks, dialog with community about the art is very important to my process.

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Thursday 10am – 9:30pm, Friday 10am – 5:30pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm

Gallery Address: 1110 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704

Several pieces of art at the show will be GIVEN AWAY for FREE through the artist’s “whoever cares the most wins” application process, announced at the opening. Please attend the opening to find out more.

Cultural Arts Division, City of Austin

Sacred Space is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 

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