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September 18, 2013

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art hosts ‘Blow 4’ lecture

NORMAN — In anticipation of the Latin American art exhibit “Libertad de Expresion: the Art of the Americas and Cold War Politics,” the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art hosted a lecture on “Blow 4,” an art installation by SuperUber Design Group, on Tuesday at Art After Noon.

“Blow 4” is the first new media artwork in Fred Jones and was acquired in 2011 after SuperUber displayed a similar installation at the 2010 Creativity World Biennale. FJJMA Director of Education Susan Baley explained that the work is interactive and attempts to surprise museum visitors.

“The more people that collaborate and blow into the installation, the faster the projected image changes,” Baley said.

After blowing into the installation and watching a dove appear from bubble-like shapes, Nancy Lankford, lecture attendee and retired teacher from Putnam City Schools, laughed and said, “I love it. It’s fun.”

During a live chat, Liana Brazil, co-director of SuperUber, said the installation is meant to bring joy to those who participate with it.

“With most of our works, we want to pass a lighter message. We want people to feel happier after seeing our work,” Brazil said.

Brazil also said SuperUber Design Group does about 90 percent of the work with their installations, leaves the work in a resting state and waits for the audience to finish it.

“When you blow into the work, you become part of the installation. You keep the image alive,” Brazil said.

Beth Radtke, of Norman, and a frequent museum visitor, said she really enjoyed “Blow 4” because it was accessible to everyone.

“Children, low-income families, whoever, can enjoy it (Blow 4) and it makes the whole museum less intimidating,” Radtke said.

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will host similar Art After Noon lectures in celebration of Latin American artists later this fall. Roberto Matta, a Chilean painter, will be the focus on Oct. 15, and Jesus Rafael Soto, Venezuelan optical and kinetic artist, will be discussed on Nov. 19.

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