Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ART ON HENDERSON


Amy Scofield - Treevolution is a trio of 21-foot trees made of recycled municipal water pipe and PVC. The branches
are arranged in a helix and festooned with bright orange construction fencing.

ModernDallas.net re-post of my article.

A visual treat of several sculptures line North Henderson Avenue, just north of downtown Dallas and right off of 75. Artist Scott Trent had a vision to partner artists and businesses in a joint venture to show quality art in a public space. Trent directed and partnered with Mark and Roger Andres of Andres Properties to kick off the Henderson Art Project for the first two years, after which the project was rebranded as Art on Henderson with publisher Jeff Levine of modmedia as director of the project and now sponsored by CIM Group of Los Angeles, Open Realty Advisors of Dallas, Phoenix Property, Consillient and JBL Partners who see a value in showing artists work in a public space.

Amy Scofield received first place for her absurdly fun sculptures, Treevolution. Scofield’s light blue recycled city water pipes and obnoxious orange safety fencing clash with each other, but also with the environment. Like Christo and Jeanne-Claude pink islands or umbrellas, Scofield’s work stands out and demands to be noticed. I see these trees as first making you snicker a bit, but then you start to pick up on some of the environmental issues Scofield is clearly trying to convey. Recycling material into art being just part of the message. Think about the future where tree like objects will be built to capture CO2. If environmental issues are not addressed through reduction of CO2, objects like Schofield will start appearing everywhere to meet this need.

Nic Noblique was selected for third place in the juried competition, out of seven finalists. All the finalists received funds to install the work and prize money was given out to the top three artists. Noblique’s work looks inspired by an old tree trunk or a melting musical instrument. This rusted metal sculpture twists and towers 12 feet high. John Camara’s sculpture Zeta took second place. Camara’s slick design gave the piece an arrow dynamic quality reminiscent of a fast moving sports car. Even his exterior paint on the object gave the sculpture that fluid motion of cutting through the air at high speed.

The finalists also included Laura Abrams, Pascale Pryor, Scott Shubin, and Erika Huddleston. These four were great candidates, as juror for this prize, I found it hard to vote for one over the others. Art on Henderson has really livened up North Henderson Avenue. The project has continued for five years now, and I hope to continue to be a part of this ambitious effort to show great art from Texas artists to the Dallas public.

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