Current Studio is an artist-run space in Oklahoma City, providing experimental and experiential opportunities for artists and audiences.
Current Studio is committed to offering challenging, thought-provoking experiences to the public for the next 18 months.
Current Studio is different from the art destinations that currently exist in the city. What that means: We are not a commercial art gallery driven by the need for art sales. We want to provide a space that affords artists an opportunity to take risks and develop ideas while being supported financially (and curatorially) through the process. We want to provide challenging and thought-provoking experiences for the audience. We want to explore the possibilities of what an artist-operated space can do to be reactive to community needs.
We are creating a space of our own where we can easily share in the atmosphere of conversation, culture, and conviviality.
Visitors are invited to break the rules of traditional art exhibits at the unique “Please Touch the Art” show at the Center for Creativity. Twelve Oklahoma artists, including two who are blind, have created new work for the exhibition in a wide range of media, including sound, scent, sculpture, installation, and more. Most of the artwork can be touched, while others feature high-contrast imagery or interactive components. The show is designed to engage all the senses, with a particular focus on accessibility for visitors who are visually impaired.
Fifty-four diversely talented Oklahoma artists worked together to create a large visual art collaboration at IAO Gallery in downtown Oklahoma City. The Elaborate Collaborate emphasizes the possibilities that exist when artistic talents are combined, with collaboration as a key element of the process.
Forty-two artists created a series of 42 multi-media works on paper that connect and evolve over five weeks of in-gallery collaboration. Ten video artists and one sound artist created a 10 minute video collaboration to be screened during the exhibition. Local poet and visual artist Kerri Shadid led a participatory Poetry Event, inviting the public to create collaborative poetry through a series of facilitated games.
Throughout the run of the exhibition, the public was invited to observe artists at work in the gallery, while watching the large-scale collaborative artwork take shape. Nothing of this kind has been done in Oklahoma. The project is inspired by the Surrealist drawing game known as “The Exquisite Corpse.”
This experimental exhibition was organized by independent curators Kelsey Karper and romy owens, both of Oklahoma City. Artists were chosen based upon how they complement and contrast with each other, and represent a diversity of style, media, technique, and experience within the art community.
ARTISTS Jennifer Allen-Barron Lisa Jean Allswede Alyson Atchison Ginnie Baer rs barnes Nick Bayer Jerry Bennett Bombs Away Amanda Bradway Dylan Bradway Eli Casiano Erin Cooper Jason Cytacki Glenn Herbert Davis Adrienne Day Samantha Dillehay Denise Duong Cathleen Faubert Pete Froslie Sarah Hearn Tim Hearne Geoffrey Hicks Michelle Himes-McCrory David Holland Kalee Jones W Mark Kuykendall adam Lanman JP Morrison Lans Trent Lawson Beau Leland Stefanie Leland Mike Litzau Tiffany McKnight Lauren Miller George Oswalt Jason Pawley Angie Piehl Haley Prestifilippo Marissa Raglin Tessa Raven Kelly Rogers Amanda Sawyer Kerri Shadid Erin Shaw Gloria Shows Rick Sinnett Clint Stone Cassie Stover William R Struby K Edward Van Osdol AK Westerman Libby Williams John Wolfe Bill Zorn