Christie Owen is at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame — Gaylord Pickens Museum for her solo exhibition “Surroundings.” She has been an artist all her life and graphic designer for over 20 years. From a distance, her art exudes a “less is more” or minimalist aesthetic but with closer investigation the composition, surface textures and layers sensitize the viewer to escape on a visual journey. Inspired by our everyday environments, the materials and compositions in her art work perpetually change in relation to various time and life experiences. Her work captures a journey of experimentation while seeking to convey balance and unity through forms and colors derived by industry and nature. Christie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from State University of New York College at Buffalo.
ALSO HAPPENING | CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & SHOPPING:
Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord—Pickens Museum
Christie Owen Solo Exhibition “Surroundings”
Opened Sept 8
Artist Talk Oct 6
Closing Reception Jan 7
Nault Fine Art | Gallery Representation
Verbode | Upcoming Show with Rick & Tracy Bewley
Nov 17 — Christie is the 2016 Urban Core Artist in Residence at Verbode
BD Home | Featured Showroom Artist Since 2015
The Collective | Opened Aug 26 | Closes Nov 4
Penn Square Mall | Collection of Prints
SAATCHI – Online Gallery Representation
christieowen.com + hivedesignteam.com
I am excited to be featured along other local artists in a pop-up gallery showcase at Classen Curve. My art is on display at BD Home from now until the end of May.
I will also have a tent at the ARTIST MARKET // Thursday, May 14at 6:00pm – 9:00pm // Hope you can make it out! Thanks for supporting local art!
more info // facebook event:
Big Spate | Acrylic + Canvas | 60″ x 84″ x 2.25″ | 2015
Birch | Acrylic, Masonite, Resin + Walnut | 25″ x 50″ x 3″ | 2014
Keylime | Acrylic + Canvas | 30″ x 40″ x 2.25″ | 2015
Verdigris | Acrylic + Canvas | 20″ x 24″ x 1.5″ | 2015
Kismit | Acrylic, Sand, Masonite, Steel + Walnut | 37″ x 61″ x 3″ | 2014
Nodo #2, #3 + #4 | Copper + Powder Coat | 13″ + 22″ | 2014
Rock Candy | Acrylic + Canvas | 18″ x 36″ x 2.5″ | 2015
Stop Over | Acrylic, Masonite, Resin + Walnut | 36″ x 48″ x 3″ | 2014
Substructure | Acrylic + Canvas | 60″ x 84″ x 2.25″ | 2015
I am a featured artist at Dreamer Concepts in Norman, Oklahoma this month and into January. The opening reception is December 12th, 2nd Friday. The exhibition will be available for viewing until late January. In addition to being the 2nd Friday Artwalk, the gallery is hosting the first ever Dreamer Flea, an urban pop up market for artists, designers, fine craftsmen and local businesses. Here are the works I have available for sale at the gallery. For more info visit Dreamer Concepts online.
Istvan Gallery Celebrates the 1st Solo Art Installation
Artist: Christie Owen
Opening Friday April 11, 2014
6 to 10 PM
“Intermix” is collection of work exploring the bridge between art and design. The installation evokes a sense of balance and elation by showing a complimentary array of different mediums in one exhibit. Artist Christie Owen allows the multitude of mediums she works with; paint, steel, copper and wood to guide her craft. “My paintings are created without intention and involve a primal performance of scraping acrylic paint and building texture with layers of color. I mix my own palette of hues from primary colors and enjoy all of the surprises” states Owen.
The artist intends her work to feel balanced and minimal with the right kind of imperfection. Conversely, her sculpture, furniture and jewelry require intention and planning. Per the artist “My sculpture is born from a need to fill a spatial void. I see negative space and imagine a form in its place. Utilizing steel, copper and wood I explore geometry and function to create minimalist clarity and organic compositions.” Always evolving, Owen seeks new development as an artist and designer. Her discoveries in one medium transcend to the other disciplines.
Searching for environmental and emotional tranquility, my art is a result of looking for visual solutions. It is a way to escape the technological realm, contemplate modern living, nature and communicate how each domain influences another. I utilize a range of mediums to create minimalist and organic art. It is my intention to engage the viewer to utilize the art, fill a void with something beautiful, improve emotional and environmental disposition and evoke a sense of balance in the modern world.
Owen creates art to escape from the fast pace of the digitally engineered world. With themes ranging from texture and light to nature and seasons, her art is an eclectic fusion of ideas and images blending modernism and minimalism. The artist enjoys the opportunity creating art gives her not only to slow down and pause an experience, but also to capture and preserve it. With a playful and organic feel, her paintings, sculptures and jewelry utilize a variety of techniques and applications to create a sense of enduring tranquility and beauty.
The April solo installation at Istvan Gallery will debut with an artists’ reception that is free and open to the public, Friday, April 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will include light hors d’oeurves and beverages. Visitors can also observe glass blowing demonstrations by artists at Blue Sage Studio. The installation will continue through April 26.
My next show with FRINGE. I designed the postcards and decided to use absinthe inspired art. I will also be showing 6 new 6″ x 6″ wall sculptures and some pieces from my Nodo series.
The images below are just a preview of some of the work… There has to be some element of surprise for the show. I will post more images of the show and my work after the opening reception.
6″ x 6″ Mixed Media Wall Sculptures
As we go along for the ride, our dreaming can take us through vivid narratives we barely remember. This series attempts to reflect the fragmented experiences and stages we are able to encounter asleep or awake.
When dreaming things are not what they seem and the impulsive and tangled visions encountered can leave us lost in beautiful and entertaining moments. Like a vision in my dream, this sculpture is a captivating remnant of interlaced occurences and random exploration.
nodo = tangle/knot
visio = vision
Suitable for Sculpture / Indoor / Outdoor / Lighting
Custom Finishes Available
opening reception with the artists
PASEO 1st FRIDAY AUGUST 2nd, 2013 6 to 10PM
AUGUST 31st, 2013
AKA GALLERY • 3001 PASEO OKC, OK 73103
gallery hours + contact
WEDS – SAT 12 to 5 PM • 405-606-2522
fringeokc.com • akagallery.net
From the frightening creatures that crawled from the floorboards to haunt our youthful slumber to our struggle to comprehend the symbolism behind the nocturnal chimeras of adulthood, our dreams inspire us, terrify us, comfort us, and provide an endless mental labyrinth of imagination and possibility. Even our daydreams provide us with respite and often result in increased creativity and innovative thought. With “Reverie”, the women of FRINGE bring to light the visions that were borne of the dark.
Juried group exhibition featuring art from:
Christie Hackler, Christie Owen, Angela Westerman, Lisa Jean Allswede,
Brandi Downham, Sarah Day Short, Krystle Brewer, Mary Ketch,
Brooke Rowlands, Debra Ashley & Vanessa Lango.
I have over 20 of my original paintings on display at Vitality Medical Center this summer. Vitality is a brand new medical and cosmetic center in OKC. I recently enjoyed a derma-facial there and highly recommend a visit. Please come to Vitality’s Evening Reception Aug 8th 4 to 8 pm to see my work and check out what Vitality has to offer. MAP
I designed these show graphics for Locus using the 3 rings to represent all geographic locations and cultures. In an effort create a simplified icon of unity I chose neon variations of the 3 primary colors. The primary colors relevance is attributed to the principle that all colors can be created from red, blue and yellow. Just as all cultures in society evolve from the same human roots and blend together to create more diverse civilizations.
I am showing an installation from the Nodo series at this show. Istvan Gallery sold the white one and I have since replaced it with a larger raw Nodo.
Nodo Series Copper, powder coat Nodo # 15 (Sky blue) 12” — $200 Nodo # 14 (Red) 12“ — $200 Nodo (White) 22” — $500 sold Nodo #12 (Raw) 24” — $600 Nodo # 11 (Black) 36” — $1500
Even though our lives may seem complicated at times, the big picture is remarkably beautiful. Each bundled sphere represents the complexity and characteristics of individual people from all over the world. Joined together these sculptures represent unity, strength in numbers, beauty and diversity as cultures merge together peacefully. “Nodo” translates to “tangle” in Latin. Suitable for Indoor / Outdoor / Lighting Custom Finishes Available
In every corner of the world people interact with physical objects or intangible sensations, languages, or customs, which reflect and enrich every society. Each involves the human being in different ways by capturing and representing diverse environmental practices, ethnic traditions, social behaviors and experiences through forms, colors, symbols, or creative acts. The women of FRINGE, OKC’s Women’s Art Organization, will be hosting LOCUS: A Journey of Culture and Cultivation. The show’s focus is how “place” arouses their soulful cultivation and enlightenment in their work.
Participating artists are:
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: Call Christie Owen: 604-7947 / fringeokc.com & istvangallery.com
1218 North Western Avenue • Oklahoma City
Tuesday — Friday 4 pm – 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm
or call for a private appointment # 405.831.2874
April 23-28, 2013
Downtown Oklahoma City
Sculpture Park is an area on the east lawn of Stage Center devoted entirely to showing medium and large size sculpture pieces. This curated exhibit allows only invited artists and Plaza Artists to exhibit.
I have really been into nets, tangles and webs lately. Do I feel trapped? Sometimes yes! Is this where all these ideas are coming from?
Joe Slack , curator of the Sculpture Park at the downtown Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts 2013, invited me to show my “Nodo” sculpture series this Spring.
Please see the below sketch for a reference to my sculptures for Festival of the Arts. I will be showing six spherical sculptures made from soldered copper tubing. Some sculptures will remain raw copper and the others will be powder coated or applied with a patina. I have had success working with this series and will continue to utilize this medium to create minimalist and organic sculpture in the future.
My Mom told me once that life is like a tapestry. On the front of the tapestry everything looks beautiful and perfect while the back side is knotted and imperfect. I like to think that these “tangles” are similar to that metaphor… Life can be perceived as a mess while you are going through it but the big picture, the lasting impression of your being is beautiful.
Now it is time to solder. This is a 4 ft. sculpture… If my welds come out clean I will leave this raw copper. The scrappers are going to salivate over this cluster of copper… They could get good money at the salvage yard for their meth.
“Nodo” translates to “tangle” in Latin. The “Nodo” series originally began as an experiment using copper to sculpt. Copper appealed to me because it was both malleable and rigid. It has now evolved as a way to address the metaphorical aspects of mental perception. It is my intention that each copper sculpture represents a life’s perspective from an ebb and flow approach.
Like life’s choices, the delicate balance of free forming and bending the copper into a spherical shape is achieved by allowing the copper to bend intuitively. The overall shape of the sculpture is achieved by an effort to create a perfect circle but the sculptures exist as imperfect spheres striving for a balance between control and spontaneity.
Forcing the copper to bend is similar to having expectations in life because it is both malleable and rigid. Kinks and breaks occur when too much torque is applied. Mistakes are made and then coils are joined together by couplings revealing where the copper would not comply with too much force. These areas of the sculpture reflect mistakes, problem solving and forward thinking.
Experimentation with finishes and patinas are ever evolving. I have been using a natural patina process to force a verdigris, left copper raw to age naturally or applied a powder coat to provide a spectrum of colors. The different finishes are meant to be as individual as we are human.
As the sculptures develop in real time, it’s like viewing my life’s choices. It appears to be nothing more than a jumble of copper—tangled, coupled, occasionally changing direction, and seemingly random. But things are not always what they seem. It is only when the sculpture is finished that the art: the array of colors, the free flowing lines, and the overall shape creates something to behold. Nothing good or bad is wasted.
All soldered together… now I am going to clean it and possibly leave it raw to naturally patina.
Below is a group shot of 5 white (part of Chandelier) and 2 raw copper (OKC Arts Fest)
Here is my plan for “Chandelier” @ Living Arts and updates as I work on the project.
CHANDELIER – is by the definition: “A branched, decorative lighting fixture that holds a number of bulbs or candles and is suspended from a ceiling.” And Living Arts will exhibit 34 chandeliers in an exhibit entirely hung from the ceiling and only lit by the work itself.
Artists included in Chandelier are: Miriam Young, Charles Walker, Karl Engel, David Schlemme, Eric Fransen, Brad Kilmer, Jeri Fritz, Robbie Edwards & Christina Speligene, Tracey & Rick Beweley, Sue Moss Sullivan, Chuck Tomlins, Janet Duvall, Rachel Haynes, Janette Brown, E.G. Neal, R.C. Morrison, Lisa Jean Allswede, Steve Liggett, Mery McNett, Nicole McMahan, Caryl Morgan, Julie Clark, Sara Spurrier, Zachary Ernst, Lydia Cheshewalla, Price Jones, Colin Healey, Christie Owen, Rachel Neely, Natalie Legener, Klint Schor, Bobby Martin & Joel Armstrong.
The exhibit opens on the First Friday, April 5 from 6-9pm and will continue through April 25 with a Closing from 6-9pm.
Since the powder coats have been popular I have decided to go all white on the chandelier. Here is the revised plan.
Voila! Ready for the powder coater.
Powder coats are in and look excellent!
Revised plan. I think the cascade will look more dynamic.
All the hardware has been ordered so I just need to make a plate box where the hardwiring will be concealed.
I am excited about these new powder coated Nodo sculptures. They are whimsical… almost like candy I want to eat. Plan on seeing more of this type of sculpture soon as I am busy in the studio all of March getting ready for 3 big shows in the Spring.
These 3 have sold but if you want one of your own contact me 405-604-7947 cell to customize color and size.