Oklahoma artist Jordan Vinyard explores our current culture using surrogate performers to ironically resolve the infractions of human behavior, not only by creating mechanical proxies, but situating them as caricatures of humans interacting with technology.
Consisting of works that subtly breathe, lethargically stare at screens, and act as sardonic addendums to existence, the ultimate goal of Vinyard’s sculptures and installations is to place the viewer in a fixed dilemma as they realize themselves parallel to their prototypical counterparts.
Artist Paul W. Waddell examines Oklahoma’s relationship with sports and how it has impacted our culture through his exhibit Sportopia. Waddell talks about the foundation of Oklahoma sports culture and how it has contributed to the art culture in our community as well. The connection between sports and art in Oklahoma City is unlike any other he’s experienced before.
Each piece in Waddell’s exhibit is inspired by a prominent coach or athlete in Oklahoma history. “People should expect to see a number of portraits of sports guys you may recognize. It’s kind of like a Hall of Fame. I hope everyone will come out and see my attempt to connect with this idea I had, that sports are a part of the artistic culture in Oklahoma today.”
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