Helen Altman – Firewalls

Helen Altman: Firewalls

July 9 - August 27,2011

 

For this exhibition, Altman will create an impressive site-specific installation, covering the

Project Gallery walls with over one hundred works of art. The centerpiece of the exhibition will

be an installation of ninety of Altman's extraordinary torch drawings of animals. In addition, the

exhibition will include Altman's wire birds, paintings, and other mixed media works.

Since the early 1990s, Altman's work has featured everyday materials and found objects to

celebrate the beauty of the natural world and to create a moment for contemplation about our

relationship with nature. Her paintings of trees and landscapes find beauty and intrigue in the

commonplace and document our changing experience of the natural world.

With her ongoing series of torch drawings, Altman has become adept at controlling the flame as

she draws with fire on wet paper to create both large and small-scale works of domestic and

exotic animals. Fire and simulated fire have a long history in the artist's works, as Altman uses

it both as a tool for mark making and as a reference to the experience of our natural spaces that

have been ravaged by the recent fires in the western areas of the country.

Altman (b. 1958, Tuscaloosa, Alabama) received a B.F.A. from the University of Alabama in

1981 and an M.A. from the same institution in 1986. Later in 1986, Altman entered the graduate

program at the University of North Texas in Denton and studied with Vernon Fisher until she

earned her M.F.A degree in 1989. Altman's work can be seen in public and private collections

around the country, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the

Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, and the Grace

Museum in Abilene. The artist is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the

Engelhard Award and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Altman currently lives

and works in Fort Worth, Texas.