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Momentum multimedia interactive art event spotlights young local artists


By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) will feature the best work created by young Oklahoma artists at the upcoming 2015 Momentum 2-day art event in Oklahoma City.

This multimedia, interactive art exhibition will be held Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, from 8 – 11 p.m. at the Farmer’s Public Market, 311 S. Klein.

Momentum exhibits Oklahoma artists, ages 30 and younger, in a specialized venue that will expose them to new opportunities and give them new audiences.

Guests will experience film, performance, new media, installations, live music and more in an environment that is designed to help audiences discover and connect with art in new ways.

Each year, hundreds of young artists submit their work to be considered for the Momentum exhibition. Guest curators choose submissions, which are felt to be the best-of-the-best artwork for the two-night show.

Artists Juan William Chávez and Suzanne C. Thomas are this year’s curators.

Chávez is an artist and cultural activist in St. Louis, Missouri who explores the potential of space through creative initiatives that address community and cultural issues.

Thomas was selected as the Momentum Emerging Curator. He is an artist and a professor of Art at Rose State College in Midwest City.

In late 2014, three artists received Momentum Spotlight awards of $2,000 to create new artistic and socially engaging projects for the event.

The Spotlight artists, Randall Barnes of Midwest City, Jenna Bryan of Norman, and Eric Piper of Norman, also receive three months of guidance from the guest curators, who help them refine their projects.

Drawing on his background as a graffiti remover, Barnes is creating a workshop of “buffing” or removal, including an alleyway where active participants continually rework the surface of the wall with graffiti and “buffs.”

Inspired by the structure of video games and the aesthetics of Japanese culture, Bryan invites visitors to create their own avatar from a series of hand-printed paper dolls in Kamisphere.

A gallery director and organizer, Piper’s project focuses on community and creation, and includes running a community space for one month. His installation will include artifacts from its events and a miniature model of the space.

On Friday, March 6, Momentum will debut with an evening themed Downtempo. A mellow event with music by John Calvin Abney, The Daddyo’s, and Scott A.F. Momentum.

On Saturday, March 7, Full Speed will provide a more powerful, faster paced experience with music by Bowlsey and Depth & Current.

Tickets for each night of the opening weekend are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Purchase tickets at, 405-879-2400, or at the following outlets: Blue 7, The Paramount, Guestroom Records in Oklahoma City and Norman, and at Café Evoke in Edmond.

There will be free gallery hours following opening weekend on March 8-9, from 2 – 7 p.m. each day. And on Monday, March 9 at 6 p.m. the Spotlight artists will give brief talks about their projects at the closing reception.

Momentum is made possible through sponsors such as the Mid-America Arts Alliance; the National Endowment for the Arts; Downtown OKC, Inc.; Dunlap Codding P.C.; Hillary, and Peter and Rowan Farrell. OVAC is an Allied Arts Member Agency.

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