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February 14, 2014

MAINSITE gallery hosting a tantalizing trio of artistic endeavors

NORMAN — Three exhibits opening at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main St., on Feb. 14 will challenge viewers perspectives, each in its own way.

The exhibits open with a reception 6-10 p.m. Feb. 14 and end with a closing reception 6-10 p.m. March 14. The exhibits are up through March 15. For more information visit mainsite-art.com.

The 30-piece exhibition titled “Selfie: An Exhibition of Identity” is loosely based on the age-old practice of self-portraiture.

Co-curated by Oklahoma State University art history graduate students Mary Kathryn Moeller and Krystle Brewer, the show aims to draw attention to the idea that identify is an abstract concept.

“Identity is self-constructed,” Brewer said. “It’s also fluid and we can change our identity over time as the people around us, our interests and how we want to define ourselves change.”

The show’s name comes from the practice made popular in social media of photographing oneself with a phone, and includes works by artists ranging in experience from professional to high school students.

“Some of the works are artist self-portraits in painting and drawing,” Brewer said. “There will be abstracted art as well, that relates to identity along with sculpture, digital art and photography.”

In 1990 the B-52s gave everyone permission to roam around the world in their hit single “Roam.” Norman artist Erin Latham has done just that and more with her exhibit titled “The Right to Roam.”

The Pratt Institute and University of Oklahoma alumna’s show is based on her 2013 residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Scotland, a tiny rural village.

“I made prints that were installed in the landscape,” Latham said. “They were documented through maps, sketches and photography.”

Part of her inspiration came from Scotland’s Land Reform Act of 2003 which codified the country’s tradition of responsible unhindered access to open countryside as long as no damage or interference occurs to farming.

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