PRYOR, OK —
Bryce Brimer, associate professor at Rogers State University in Claremore, is teaching by example.
Brimer teaches art foundations, digital foundations, digital imaging, 3D art and art marketing at RSU and will see an installation of his own work featured at Artspace at Untitled, an Oklahoma City art gallery.
Brimer's display “Homeless in Tulsa” will be part of the exhibit, “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: The Art of Social Commentary.”
His piece “explores the dichotomy between the very rich and the very poor.”
The rest of the exhibit is a print show by various artist from around the country. “The show is about social commentary through American history. Each artist chose a different incident to illustrate in his or her own style. My piece was chosen to be a commentary on one of today’s social issues,” Brimer said.
His piece is a 12-foot tall piece depicting iconic downtown Tulsa buildings as well as replicas of shanties.
He created the piece with the help of individuals from Tulsa Day Care Center for the Homeless.
“I live in a neighborhood near downtown Tulsa, where I can see both icons of the rich (buildings), and the homeless walking the streets. The installation was first built for the (Oh Tulsa show at Living Arts gallery). I just wanted to give the homeless of Tulsa a chance to express their feelings,” said Brimer. “I had a friend who had done some work for the Tulsa Day Center. They have an art program every Monday morning, so I provided the materials and some direction and later incorporated their work in my installation.”
The gallery is a contemporary art center “designed to stimulate creative thought and new ideas through the presentation of exhibits focusing on national and international artists,” according to its website.
In addition to Brimer's work, “Yeterday, Today, and Tomorrow” contains 35 prints done by Oklahoma artists.
“The collection is an amazing variety of prints that are satirical, serious or humorous. These works vividly address complex problems and issues in recent American history, culture and society,” the gallery's website says. “They also serve as a springboard for confronting issues that continue to face America today.”
Brimer is excited for his work to be among the pieces chosen for the exhibit.
“The feedback has been really positive. A few of the students came to Tulsa to see it. One of my colleagues came to see it in OKC,” said Brimer. “I always like to see the surprise on their faces. Since most of my work takes place over my summer break, no one gets to see what I am up to before hand.”
“Homeless in Tulsa” is available for viewing until Feb. 15.