OKLAHOMA CITY — Large mechanical sculptures causing chaotic destruction, aerial dancers suspended from the ceiling with fabric, light bulbs flashing in response to a heartbeat – for ten years Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still has astounded audiences with unconventional artwork from Oklahoma’s young artists. The tenth annual Momentum will be held March 4-5, 2011 from 8 pm – Midnight in downtown Oklahoma City.


Presented by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC), Momentum offers Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger an opportunity to exhibit their work in a venue created specifically for them. Each year the event has seen growth and continues to present a diversified look at Oklahoma’s young artistic talent.


Three artists received Momentum Spotlight commissions of $1,750 and three months of guidance from the curators. The Spotlight artists, Sarah Engel and Alexandra Knox of Norman, and JP Morrison of Bixby, are creating new artwork just for Momentum.


Engel’s project, Ghosts of Buffaltopia, Past Present and Future, presents an alternative history of what the world might look like if Buffalo had become the dominant species. Knox pays tribute to her Ukrainian heritage with her project The Scent in Which She Lingers, an installation comprised of over 500 silk organza pouches filled with garlic skins. Morrison’s installation Mono-no-aware, from the Japanese term for the “ahh-ness” of things, creates an environment for contemplating joy, loss and a personal journey towards fulfillment.


Curators Clint Stone and Erinn Gavaghan select the art and performances for the exhibit from the more than 100 young artists that are expected to submit work. The two curators also will select the artists to receive the more than $2,000 in awards. Stone is an artist and Director of the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery in Oklahoma City. Gavaghan, who was selected as Momentum Emerging Curator, is Director of the Norman Arts Council.


On Friday, March 4, Momentum: Downtempo offers a more mellow experience, with performances by the Dean Williams Band, OK Weather and People, People. Momentum: Full Speed on Saturday, March 5 offers a louder, faster paced experience. Music from 44 Teeth, Kite Flying Robot and The Rockettops will set the rhythm. Local spoken word artist Lauren Zuniga serves as emcee both nights.


Tickets for each night of the opening weekend are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased online at www.MomentumOklahoma.org, by phone at 405.879.2400, or at ticket outlets: Blue 7, Full Circle Bookstore, Velvet Monkey Salons, and Guestroom Records (Norman & OKC). 


Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still is made possible by generous community sponsors such as the Kirkpatrick Foundation, The Spy FM, Todd Construction, Rand and Jeanette Elliott/Elliott + Associates, Keep It Local OK, Oklahoma Gazette, and Josh Buss and Sherry Ray. OVAC is an Allied Arts member agency.


For more information, visit www.MomentumOklahoma.org.




Contact: Kelsey Karper, 405.879.2400