“Breath and Shadow” and “Echo” Exhibitions — Sara Garden Armstrong
February 2 - March 4
“Breath and Shadow” Exhibition at Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA)
1800 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35203
February 2nd – March 4th, 2017
Opening Reception: February 2nd, 5-7 p.m.
Echo, 21st Street Studio Gallery, curated by Cumbee Tyndal
111 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South, Birmingham, AL 35233
February 2 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, opening) – March 4, 2017
This exhibition combines and opposes artwork from different periods to form a new installation where breath, shadow, and curve connect the space into a whole.
Early drawings of interpreted sound echo into neighboring breathing sculptures; the light of these forms mirrors the light traveling towards torso forms. Nearby, both cast and painted shadows materialize as light moves through growth forms connected to orchestrated blower boxes. These reverberating relationships within the installation alter the space into a living, breathing environment of air, light, sound, and marks.
In the fall of 2016, the junior class at ASFA began working visits to my studio. We discussed my work and process as the class generated ideas, thoughts, and questions. In addition to assisting with some paper making for the exhibition, the students are creating an artist book containing their own interpretive drawings of the sculptures to be given to guests at the opening. In January 2017, the class will have more hands-on work with both the installation and the artist books.