The multimedia exhibit launches with a two-night celebration at 50 Penn Place. Friday night's “Momentum: Downtempo” will have a mellower vibe and feature live music from local bands Fifth Fret, Erik the Viking and R.e.A.L. On Saturday, “Momentum: Full Speed” will offer a louder, faster-paced experience with music from Em and the Mother Superiors, Wurly Birds and Kali Ra.
“Momentum” continues with free gallery hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through March 7.
More than 200 artists submitted in excess of 500 works of art for this year's exhibition. The curators selected 57 artists and 76 pieces, Karper said.
“As always, it's a wide variety of media. We have sculpture and painting and photography. We do have a performance piece that's interactive,” she said. “There's some jewelry and some printmaking. Just a little bit of everything.”
In addition, three artists — Kaney, Erin Latham, of Norman, and Zachary Presley, of Durant — received “Momentum” Spotlight commissions of $2,000 and three months of guidance from the show's curators to create works specifically for the exhibit.
Latham's immersive installation will transport viewers far from Oklahoma City. She is creating an underwater sea kelp forest from printed and meticulously hand-cut recycled paper. In contrast, Presley, who is of Chickasaw heritage, is planning a performance piece that deals with an issue very present in Oklahoma: how toys and consumer goods marketed as “authentic cultural relics” actually bolster stereotypes associated with American Indians.
“One of the things that I love the most about ‘Momentum' is that you just never really know what to expect, because young artists are doing a lot of experimenting and taking a lot of risks,” Karper said.
For Kaney, who is a fine arts major and computer science minor, his “Momentum” Spotlight project is his by far his most ambitious artistic endeavor to date.
“It feels really substantial. It feels like, OK, I've done something kind of important here.”