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Keith Livingston Sculpture Twisted 180° Now On View At Aloft Hotel In Downtown Dallas
Keith Livingston's sculpture, Twisted 180°, captures our imagination, evoking memories of past experiences and propels us to future possibilities.
By: Keith Livingston
Keith Livingston attained a new status: emerging artist for his recent, comprehensive installation of sculptures at the Haley-Henman gallery in Dallas. The art world uses the term emerging artist to describe a person, who is becoming visible, an apparent success. It often describes an artist who labors without recognition until their moment of emergence. The combination of timing and circumstances for the moment of recognition is capricious. Often we bestow the description on young artists as they present their first portfolio of work for public viewing in a gallery. Yet we know that emerging is not limited to age, but rather denotes the emergence of creative energy being expressed as fine art, and how art becomes acknowledged by viewers. Emergence can only occur in a social context.
Mr. Livingston is a supporter of artists, an organizer of associations and events, and an art instructor. He is a frequent contributing artist in association group shows. He is not a reclusive or secretive artist. He is very concerned about enriching his community through the arts. He is a founding member and past president of the Texas Sculpture Association and recently chaired the association's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration and Symposium at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Mr. Livingston is always part of the scene, part of the group. But, he had never emerged, that is, become apparent as a significant individual artist, coming into his own. His emergence was exciting to witness at the opening reception of a Haley-Henman group show, but this time Mr. Livingston was the only sculptor being exhibited and it was the first time that a significant collection of his work was viewed together. Indeed, the combination of timing and circumstances provided the social context for Keith Livingston's emergence.
Keith Livingston was presented in the show with three other artists. Two of which are significantly established artists: Susan Lecky and Cecilia Thurman. The other artist, Nick Troilo, is also emerging after establishing a successful design career that featured his art. Indeed, to be in the company of such strong, powerful and vibrant artists provided the social context for emergence. Mr. Livingston's work benefited from being viewed in the context of significant others, and given the space for his own work to shine. It shined. It was caressed. It was loved.
So often today we vicariously feel a need to glorify the artist as the misfit, the odd, eccentric, troubled, disturbed, crazy but brilliant person that we can exalt to the level of artist in our very commercial, non-supportive market place for the arts. It is a hard life. Mr. Livingston might remain private about his trails of being an artist, but we know to work with passion with few acknowledgements and rewards is a difficult road to travel. One must have a deep personal commitment to one's goal. Is that one of the subliminal messages that we receive from artists that gives us strength: through much adversity we triumph.
Think of Mr. Livingston committing to a conceptual idea and then cutting individual pieces of plywood for lamination into rough shapes and then refining the work through grinding and sanding. His laminated plywood shapes require noise and sawdust. He spends a lot of time in the quest to create a form that has meaning and provides a tactile experience. When we view his sculpture we share in his creativity, appreciate the humor, and marvel at the craftsmanship. As viewers glide their hands over the surfaces of his sculptures, they experience the layers of building blocks that were transformed into flowing curves and open spaces. His work is an aesthetic triumph.
Twisted 180° represents Mr. Livingston's most recent achievement because it captures our imagination, evoking memories of past experiences and propels us to future possibilities.
Thank you Aloft Hotel for showing Twisted 180°