For almost two decades, cubes defined Eric Wright's workplace reality.
Now, they are an integral part of his artwork.
The El Reno sculptor incorporates concrete cubes and found objects into many of his pieces, which are typically autobiographical and universal explorations of life.
“I worked for AT&T for 17 years and nine months in an office cube, and it's a confining space. It's also confining the person, more as an analogy. People are working jobs that might not necessarily be the path that they want to be on; they're in debt or Mom and Dad pushed them in that direction ... and their dreams end up being suppressed,” said Wright, who left his corporate career in 2008.
“Each cube is like a character, so if something is attached, it's like that character built it itself based on what it knows. So it's kind of a crude sensibility.”
From the roughhewn to the elegant, the shape is the thing in the new group exhibition “Geometrix: Geometry in Art” at the Satellite Galleries inside Science Museum Oklahoma. The exhibit features the art of six Oklahomans — Wright, Bryan Boone, Dan Garrett, Klint Schor, Noel Torrey and David Bizzaro — who all use different media, styles and techniques but incorporate geometric shapes in their work.
The exhibit will open with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.
The museum is debuting “Geometrix” in conjunction with its Geometry Playground, which is also on its second floor, said Scott Henderson, the museum's new Satellite Galleries director. The popular playground, which opened June 30, incorporates shapes and spaces to teach spatial reasoning through interactive play. Bizarro has been working with the local nonprofit OHM Space to create a hands-on aspect to “Geometrix,” too.
“This shows another side of geometry that kids don't see all the time. It kind of shows the attractiveness behind math and what's beautiful without math. Because without math, none of this would be possible,” Henderson said.
“I'm an artist himself; I grew up painting and still do. But you don't realize a lot of the construction behind these pieces when you see them. By working intimately with these artists and questioning them and having them turn in their sketches, I've learned a lot.”
With his ties to the state arts community, Henderson was able to pull together a sextet of artists whose works are varied but complementary and prominently feature shapes. The pale walls and display pedestals in the Satellite Galleries are emblazoned with sketches that offer insights into the math that went into the pieces.