Scott Hocking sees Detroit as a city in transition. By exploring vacant and abandoned spaces, he is trying to recapture the feeling of discovery, just as nature is trying to recapture some territory within the decaying landscape. Through his use of discarded materials to create site-specific installations, he aims to transform the city with creativity and provide a new perspective on its future.
Eunice Parsons is a 97-year-old collage artist, but says her life began at 34 when she entered art school in Portland. And ever since, Parsons has dedicated her life to her passion. She has been a teacher, a painter, a printmaker and a tilemaker but has been focused on collage since the 1970s.
Texas artist Dixie Friend Gay has done her part to make airports a calmer placeâ€¦ one mosaic at a time. Airports across the country have commissioned her to install public artworks in an effort to enhance the experience of travel. Drawing inspiration from nature, her large-scale airport installations celebrate each cityâ€™s unique and natural beauty.
Photographer Paul Bialas saw a creative opportunity after gaining unprecedented access to the decaying Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His inspiration came from the details of the iconic breweries that were decaying before his eyes. He has been working to document the buildings and his pictures are now collected in a series of books.
Jonathan Latiano is a Baltimore, Maryland artist whose installation art seem to lunge out of the floor or emerge from the ground. Playing with themes of environmentalism and extinction, Latianoâ€™s exhibitions explore what it means to be temporary, both in form and in presence.
Steven Walker, a well-traveled artist who now lives in Ohio, says the best times of his life were the childhood road trips he took with his family through the countryside of Virginia and his paintings are reminiscent of these times. His landscapes evoke the feelings of discovery that occur around every bend in the road.
Columbus artist Sue Cavanaugh makes fabric sculptures that gather, fold and tumble in the air, offering the illusion of movement, despite being fixed in space. Inspired by a factory used to repair railroad cars, she started working in dimensions she had never tried before.
This exhibit of textiles-in-transition was recently on display in Denver, Colorado. During World War II, textiles reflected the austerity of the time with quiet and simple designs. But after the war, a sense of hope and rebuilding infused the arts reflecting a dramatic shift in style.