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April 28, 2012

Norman Artists at Istvan Gallery

NORMAN — Norman artist and printmaker Michael Wilson is one of six Oklahoma artists who will be featured at Istvan Gallery’s summer art installation, opening May 11.

This will Mark Wilson’s second show at the gallery, and she has created a number of her popular monotypes, which depict psychology and the landscape of the mind, for the show.

“I’m really excited about the show and I can’t wait for the opening and to see everything up,” she said. “Especially, I look at my work all the time, but it’s really fun to see it against other people’s work.”

Wilson will be joined by artist Eric Wright, who spent 18 years working in a cubicle where he designed phone book ads for a living. An artist at heart, he studied graphic design as a way to pursue his passion while still being able to earn an income. His current work of concrete and metal sculpture is inspired by his time in a cubicle in corporate America.

“I spent many years in a job I knew wasn’t right for me, but it was still terrifying to walk away from it to pursue my art full time,” Wright said. “To me, the cubes represent both the confinement of a job and the psychological and emotional tolls taken on a person when they repress their dreams to pursue the type of career or lifestyle that society says is the right one.”

Wright hopes his art provokes the viewer to pursue and enjoy the freedom that comes from being who they truly are. He also shares this message with his students at Redlands Community College, where he is an adjunct professor teaching art history and appreciation.

Tunde Darvay, who unlike most artists encourages viewers to touch her paintings, will feature paintings on irregularly shaped wood pieces, which she carves herself.

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