It’s that magical time of year again, between art “seasons,” school is about to start and the stores stock up with all that winter gear we’ll all need soon – soon as in three days in February, by the way.
Monday, August 21, during lunch, our own star and planetary muse, our Moon, will host an art show that hasn’t been seen in nearly a 100 years (coast to coast). The partial solar eclipse, with nearly 70 percent of the sun being covered by the Moon will occur at approximately 1:20 p.m. local time.
The Lunar + Planetary Institute will host a Solar Eclipse Viewing at Levy Park, noon – 2 p.m. at 3801 Eastside, Houston, TX 77098. An art completion for Earth bound artists is being held to celebrate with the theme of art about the science behind a solar eclipse or how eclipses impact humanity.
Jennifer Lang, a local Heights artist, entered a piece that was accepted and will be on view along with other Houston artists. Some works may even be literary in nature, but all are about the solar eclipse and will be on display at the event.
Lang, almost always includes extraordinarily small script into her works, as she explains in her artist statement that accompanied her 13 x 19 mixed media painting titled, “Go Ahead And Stare.”
“I’ll jump on any chance to get closer to the science world, even if it’s just through art,” Lang said. “I created my piece by first airbrushing a surface of black acrylic paint as the background. To create the image I used oil pastels, layering on the colors using my fingers to blend. To see the real secret of my piece you have to look close, very close. Using a fine pointed stylus I wrote my thoughts into the fiery light, but in a very tiny script.”
An excerpt from the 263 words of Lang’s thoughts on the eclipse interspersed in the fiery light includes this statement.
“While I can see and appreciate the beauty in a complex mathematical equation, I just don’t get it. That’s OK, I have found other ways to satisfy my scientific curiosity,” Lang wrote.
Yes, through artwork.
Get there early, I am certain this lunch time double art event may be crowded!
More information at www.lpi.usra.edu, levyparkhouston.org and Jennifer Lang’s website is huntingtinyelephants.com
A reminder that the Opera in the Heights, Oh! Inaugural Open House, is this Saturday, August 19, 9 -11:30 a.m., at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. Details at www.operaintheheights.org/open-house-2017
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com