Dallas Exhibitions. Norwood Flynn Gallery New Works: Sculpture by Julie McNair. November 9, 2013
Norwood Flynn Gallery is excited to announce its 2nd show for Colorado artist, Julie McNair in New Works: Sculpture by Julie McNair.” Julie, who attended high school in Dallas, earned her BFA in sculpture at the University of North Texas, and her MFA in sculpture at University of Wyoming. She has taught at Mississippi State University and at the Ah Haa School for the Arts in Telluride, CO. She was director of the Art League of Houston, and owned and ran her own gallery for 17 years in Telluride. Julie has exhibited her work throughout the Southwest and been featured in numerous publications. She now devotes herself full time working in her mountainside studio in Telluride
Her ceramic sculpture uses the human form to explore man’s relationship to nature. The playfulness of her forms entices the viewer to expand their perception of the connectedness of all life.
Julie already has a following in Dallas, and we are excited to showcase her most recent distinctive pieces in this upcoming show. The show continues through December 7, 2013.
All shows are free and open to the public. The public may call 214-351-3318 or visit www.norwoodflynngallery.
Julie McNair – Artist Statement:
For many years I have explored the figure in my work. It has now become my primary format, my canvas. I choose standing figures because I like the vulnerability – physically fragile clay and emotionally fragile humans. Some are personal and address psychological issues. Some reflect the interdependency of man and nature. All address the human condition with a sense of humor and humility.
A few of the new pieces have incorporated bases that add to the on going narrative and mystery of visual metaphors. While there is a narrative to the work, there are more questions than answers. I like working with illusions. Generally, there are numerous interpretations so I try not to limit the meanings by stating my intent.
I live in the mountains and spend much of my free time camping in wilderness areas. My connection to and love of nature inspire many of the figures. The mystery of the natural world around us is ample information for images and metaphors. As an intuitive worker, I love seeing pieces unfold and expand.
The figures are approximately two to three feet in height. The forms are coiled hollow using different colored cone 5 clay bodies, many times combined, and fired to cone 1 in an electric kiln. The surface handling varies with the use of colored slips, glazing, oil pigments and other mixed media materials. Some pieces are tarnished with a torch and printed newspapers. My background with a multitude of media including metal, printmaking, clay and painting continues to influence the finishes. While the figures are ceramic, the overlap of art disciplines helps to make each piece unique, and my creative process full of discovery.
About Norwood Flynn Gallery
Norwood Flynn Gallery, housed in a 1940’s cottage on the south shore of Bachman Lake, represents contemporary art by emerging and mid career artists. The gallery exhibits and sells paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, & new media, with an emphasis on unique Texas artists.
Norwood Flynn Gallery
Sue Flynn, Owner
Dallas, Texas 75235