“Women and Their Work” Exhibit Featuring Artist Orna Feinstein coming to Austin, Texas
Houston-based artist Orna Feinstein, a mixed media artist specializing in printmaking and sculpture, will showcase “Papellibrium,” her new site-specific paper installation, at Women and Their Work (1710 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701). The exhibit begins Saturday, March 12 and runs through Thursday, April 28, 2016. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday March 12 from 7:00-9:00 pm. and is free to the public.
Papellibrium is a floor installation made of more than 30,000 re-purposed art invitations that Feinstein has collected over the past decade. It seeks to challenge preconceived notions of the traditional gallery space, delivering an engaging contemporary installation where the use of space is limited only to the floor.
The installation compares, contrasts and balances art and science, and creates soft tension between the organic and geometric. Combining the invitations on the floor into swirling patterns, Feinstein makes powerful use of the different palettes on the cards and breathes new life into these humble materials. The curving shapes created simultaneously reference a field of flowers and a cross section of vascular cambium that could be from a plant anatomy book, a concept that operates both on a cellular and exterior level, and references the concept of equilibrium in which all biological systems survive, co-exist, and function.
Exhibition catalog with an essay by Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior curator at Contemporary Art Museum Houston will be available at Women and Their Work.
Feinstein’s retrospective exhibition “Fifteen Years of Contemporary Printmaking” has traveled around Texas and was hosted by The Museum of the Southwest in Midland, the Museum of Geometric and Madi Art in Dallas, Galveston Arts Center, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. She has been exhibiting extensively in group and solo shows throughout the United States and Europe including International Print Center New York, the 14th Print Biennale in Taiwan, and Douro Biennial 2016 in Portugal.
Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Printing Museum Houston, the Museum of Geometric and Madi Art Dallas and Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Greece.