June 1 - August 20, 2011
ARTLAB/The Visual Arts Gallery, UAB
By Monique Jones, MagicCityPost.com
One of UABs most engrossing art exhibits comes from a pop/street artist.
James Marshall, a k a Dalek, created several oversize geometric paintings for an untitled exhibition showing through Aug. 20 at UABs ArtLab.
The four 26- by 8-foot paintings create an encompassing feeling for the viewer, said Brett Levine, director of ArtLab (formerly the UAB Visual Arts Gallery). One of the gallery walls was painted black.
(Marshall) wanted to examine the idea of how a black wall of the gallery would interact with some of the black in the paintings, Levine said.
The overall effect of the installation is unique among the many installations the gallery has had. He paints so large and creates a space that is so interestingly put together that he creates an environment, Levine said. Most of the crowd (at the opening event) were overwhelmed by the complexity of the pieces.
Levine says the 43-year-old artist, who was in residence for a week at the gallery working 15 hours at stretch, brought a focus to his art from which art students and other artists can learn. The most important thing I hope people take away is his commitment to art and to the practice, he said. The intensity with which he works is inspirational.
The art installation isnt the end of Marshalls artistic stamp on Birmingham. Marshall will return from his home in Raleigh to work on a public art project from a partnership with Mayor William Bell and the City of Birmingham; Levine said that while most of it is going to be left as a secret, it will be big.
What will also be big is the Aug. 20 closing event for Marshalls show with a mystery guest.
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