Art Talks: Expanding the Conversation

For our latest project, Mary Kathryn Moeller and I have started a YouTube channel called Art Talks in which we do video critiques of exhibitions around the state in order to open a broader discussion about art happening in Oklahoma. The first in the series is on Wundrian, an exhibition at Living Arts by  JP Morrison Lans, RC Morrison, Chris Wollard, and an artist group known as ETA (more below).

The goal of this series is to provide more dialogue about the art being created in the state, while also making the work more accessible to the wider public via the Internet. We hope our conversations will be only the beginning of broader and more in-depth discussions.

Below is the original blog post from Art Write Now, started by Laura Reese and Alyson Atchison, of which, Mary Kathryn and I are thrilled to be able to contribute:

“Blending the styles of New York art critic James Kalm and the Smarthistory educational videos, Krystle Brewer and Mary Kathryn Moeller engage in a conversation that critically examines contemporary art exhibitions in Oklahoma through their video series Art Talks.  The goal of Art Talks is to provide a new outlet for dialogue about the art being created in the state, while making the work more accessible to the wider public.  As the series expands, they plan to invite artists, curators, art historians, and art advocates to participate in the discussions.  The talks are presented in a casual manner yet encourage in-depth analysis and critical evaluation.

In this first video, Brewer and Moeller visit Wundrian, an exhibition on view at Living Arts in Tulsa.  A collaborative project involving JP Morrison Lans, RC Morrison, Chris Wollard, and an artist group known as ETA, the exhibition title comes from an Old English word meaning “to wonder at.”  Focusing on the quintessential depiction of a home, such as might be seen in a child’s drawing, the collaborators invite viewers to anthropomorphize the structures and engage in self-reflection.  Brewer and Moeller discuss the implications of such an exercise and the many ways the artists explore both the physical and metaphysical concept of the home.

The Art Talks series is available via YouTube.  If you would like to participate in an Arts Talks video or have your exhibition featured please contact arttalksok@gmail.com.”

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