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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA— Animal, vegetable, and mineral.  “Actually I had them all,” says Norman, Oklahoma artist Heather Clark Hilliard.
She is neither landscaper or compulsive knitter but she did take 343 rocks from a stream bed, wrap them in naturally dyed wool, and arrange them to a current of her very own. “It could look like a riverbed,” she says. “I had this idea in my studio of how to combine those three elements that everything is made of.”

Looking at something basic in a new way, that’s a theme for a show at a Oklahoma City Art Center show called Art Now. From Hilliard’s combination of the basics to Tulsa artist Whitney Forsyth’s examination of her own artistic undercurrents. “Creating movement on an object,” she says.

Forsyth took a rafting trip in Idaho over the summer. That and a yard full of leaves every Fall had her firing thousands of her own porcelein leaves. She then tacked them directly onto the gallery wall as if blown by unseen winds. “It looks like it could be a landscape, maybe an aerial view,” says Whitney, who is a professor at the University of Tulsa. “Or it could be a river, or leaves on the prairie.”

From currents of wind and water to currents of electricity, Oklahoma City artist, Klint Schor had some LED lights sitting aroiund. He found some plastic sheeting, and rather than let the light flow, he blocked it. He tied loose knots in the plastic to let the light flow around. “I’m kind of experimenting with the material itself,” says Schor. “I’m pushing and pulling on it.”

The result is a current of its own flowing from within. It’s a study in light and shadow. The whole show reveals artist and medium in a unique way. Each work is a kind of stream of conciousness. Water, wind, and light, translated through an artist’s eye.

The City Arts Center’s annual exhibition is set for January 20th. The show itself will be up through January and into February.

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