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May 10, 2013

Open Studios welcomes public into artist work spaces



For Hunter Roth, Norman artist, his creative processes flourish in a small structure set up in his backyard. Though this renaissance man is formally trained in sculpture from Louisiana State University, he now dabbles in almost every artistic medium.

“I’m like Prince. You can just call me an artist at this point,” he said, laughing. “I’ve started pursuing this whole music thing and of course I’m a sculpture, I’m a furniture man, I’m a painter, I’m a printmaker. I feel like I have so many labels, it’s like, ‘No, I’m going to be just an artist.’”

When visitors come to Roth’s studio they can expect to see the wide-range of his work, including furniture in his home, metal sculptures dotting the property, various paintings hanging on walls and possibly even hear a sampling of his most recent project, a one-man band dubbed Quilted Cherry Podium.

A self-taught musician, Roth’s music setup is a drum buddy, a light-activated oscillating drum machine, paired with an omnichord, an electronic musical instrument. He built the instruments in to a podium he constructed himself. The sound is majestic and reminiscent of retro video games. Roth describes it as “weird-o music.”

No matter the medium, Roth doesn’t take himself too seriously. He wants viewers in his studio to recognize that art can be fun and accessible.

“Art doesn’t have to be stale and boring,” he said. “It can be fun and colorful.”

Adam Stewart, Norman artist who recently completed a piece for the Norman Public Arts Board duck sculpture project, develops his mixed media work in a converted garage next to his home.

For Stewart, he said the open studios event allows him to demystify the art-making process for his visitors. It’s not often the public gets the chance to see first hand how and where a creative process takes place.

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