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University Art Museum features 'Catalyst'

February 18, 2010

Site-specific artist Amy Yoes' work, 'Catalyst,' is on display at the University Art Museum as part of the CSU Art Department's Critic and Artist Residency Series. Her work includes the use of sculpture, installation, film, photography, and projections to build intriguing and interactive architectural environments.

Amy Yoes' Catalyst : Wood, paint, light, projections. On display at the Colorado State University Art Museum. Curated by Linda Frickman.

Now through March 20
Robert W. Hoffert Gallery
University Art Museum

The University Art Museum is now featuring Catalyst, by Amy Yoes, as part of the Colorado State University Art Department’s ongoing Critic and Artist Residency Series.

Yoes’ site-specific installation, Catalyst, is open through Saturday, March 20, in the Robert W. Hoffert Gallery in the University Art Museum. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and admission is free.

First display of its kind at museum

In 1997 the Department of Art inaugurated the Critic and Artist Residency Series in order to bring prominent visual artists and critics to the CSU campus for exhibitions, class room interactions, and public lectures.

Catalyst features the work of New York artist Amy Yoes, who creates site-specific installations, designed to complement the architecture and location in which she works.

Her installation at the University Art Museum is the first to be housed in the new museum, is the first site-specific installation of the residency series, and the first to involve a major collaborative element with students in the Department of Art.

Amy Yoes' Catalyst : Wood, paint, light, projections. On display at the Colorado State Art Museum. Curated by Linda Frickman.

Art that invites you to 'come in'

The installation illustrates Yoes’ multi-faceted working method that includes the use of sculpture, installation, film, photography, and projections to build intriguing and interactive architectural environments that invite the public to interact with the piece, move through it, sit under it, and view it from multiple vantage points.

“The collaborative methods of the artist and the vastness of her vision necessitated the inclusion of museum staff members, volunteers, and student assistants to complete the installation portion of the project, and fulfilled a museum initiative to enhance creative synergies among the visual art disciplines,” said Museum Director Linny Frickman.
 

Scale model used to finalize installation plans

In preparation for the installation, Yoes visited the University Art Museum in late August 2009, met with museum staff and art department faculty, and took detailed measurements and photographs of the museum’s Robert W. Hoffert Gallery. During the fall, a scale model of Catalyst was created and installation plans finalized.

Catalyst introduces new techniques

Yoes’ residency also included collaboration with sculpture professor Suzanne Faris, and art students, to create stop motion animation for incorporation into the museum piece. The animation set was visible to other students and faculty, encouraging participation and observation of the creative process. Yoes’ stop animation methods, where sets and objects are built in a physical space and manipulated, introduced CSU students and audiences to new techniques and possibilities.

“Ms. Yoes' return to campus was a dynamic and intense experience, and the fruition of a high energy, multi-faceted partnership,” said Frickman.

Sponsorship

This exhibition and artist lecture is sponsored by the FUNd at CSU with support from the Lilla B. Morgan Fund and the Best Western University Inn.

About Amy Yoes

Yoes was educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received awards for her work from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Cranbrook Art Museum, and Artspace, New Haven, among others. She is currently working on an animation piece at the Wexner Center for the Arts, in Columbus, Ohio.


Contact: Jennifer Clary
E-mail: Jennifer.clary@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-3603