A Beastly Affair
Opening 6-10pm, Friday August 5
Closing 6-9pm Thursday, August 25
Original works from sculptor Stephen Schwark and photographer Arlie Mornhinweg
The world is full of beasts, some admirable, others vile. Beasts evoke a fear, deep-seeded and primal in nature. Once crucial to our survival, this fear is now distant as we transition away from our ancestors “survival of the fittest” way of life. The beasts themselves however have not been granted this comfort. We intend to present our modern-day beasts as they are—fearful beings constantly consumed by the fight to survive—in an effort to expose such tendencies in ourselves that have been suppressed.
Stephen Schwark Bio
Born in 1986 in rural South Australia, Stephen Schwark’s childhood was spent surrounded by worn metals of all shapes and sizes. His medium is reclaimed metal and there was no shortage of it growing up on a family farm. Schwark received perfect scores in his visual arts classes during his senior years at school. After graduation he went on to host sold out exhibitions and was commissioned for numerous public sculptures within South Australia.
In 2014 Schwark moved to the US and began showing at Tall Grass Art Gallery and 50 Penn Place Art Gallery in OKC. He won first place at Oklahoma State University in the Student Union Art Prize. His winning piece “Darth Metal” is now on permanent display within the Student Union building. Schwark’s work is collected and bought by many private clients within the US and he has also sold pieces to Singapore, Japan, England and Germany.
Schwark’s work is inspired by the perfection of nature and the unlimited ability of human imagination. His sculptures have been featured on Discover Oklahoma and he will be a featured artist in the Oklahoma Today Magazine in the August 2016 edition.