We are excited to host a collaborative installation, by Robert Harrison and Danielle O’Malley, of organic sculptures created especially for The Myrna Loy Jailhouse Gallery.
The sculptural forms are derived from the artists’ curiosity about the ability of the willow to bend and retain an organic form naturally. Many of these designs were driven by architectural and organic forms that relate to historical and contemporary imagery in the West. The organic materials refer back to the earliest materials of human organization and shelter. The artists deliberately chose to work with locally available materials that connect us, through our environment, back to early human activity.
Harrison & O’Malley’s intent has been to observe, to explore, and to affirm that anyone can create by using locally available materials. Their mission is to be sustainably responsible by carefully considering the use of natural resources; therefore, the artists chose to not fire the clay used in this exhibition in order to lower their carbon footprint while creating a large-scale installation.
Harrison & O’Malley chose the Jailhouse Gallery at The Myrna Loy for their installation site because of its natural materials (stone, wood, steel, and light) and the prominent architectural features of the space. Its main feature is the historic arched wooden doorway from the old county jail, which the artists chose to echo in their sculptural installation.
Please join us Thursday, Feb 9 for a 5:00 artist talk and slide show in The Myrna Loy screening room, followed by a reception.