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Artist Michelle Firment Reid brings Ocean of Thought to Tulsa's Hardesty Arts Center
Reid’s goal is to create an interactive space for guests to contemplate their own thoughts, as well as to provide an intersection point for different art forms. "I am looking forward to Danish String Quartet’s live performance during the First Friday opening reception on February 6, as well as Tulsa Modern Movement’s simultaneous dance to select music pieces. To have visual art, music, and dance all under one roof for a few hours will be not only magical, but a compelling expression of how thought transcends through various art mediums,” says Reid.
“I visualize our thoughts, though individually our own, together as one large ocean mind, existing in this vast liquid universe of life. Our ‘ocean of thought’ affects each of our individual lives and the world around us, each thought containing the possible surface crests of our emotions, words and actions,” says Reid of the exhibition’s conceptual roots.
Ocean of Thought does not limit itself to the sea. With the Satellites of Thought workshop, Reid invites guests to create their own original satellite artworks for the exhibition, asking, “If you were able to create a satellite which projected a thought back to Earth and out to the universe, what would your thought be?” Further exploring the idea of crowdsourcing, Reid issued an open call via social media for the Global Visual Thought Project, a collection of images submitted from around the globe that will be projected throughout the exhibition.
Alongside natural imagery, Reid hopes visualized thoughts will have the ability to transport viewers to a meditative place. As she describes it, “Our lives continue in constant change, an ebb and flow similar to ocean tides. Perhaps some of us find peace by the ocean in its rhythmic movement and desire to create a harmony within ourselves, synchronizing in time with the waves.”
The exhibition is sponsored by The Barnett Family Foundation, The Sanford & Irene Burnstein Foundation, and The Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation.
The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa is the champion for area arts and culture. The Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) is located at 101 East Archer Street in the Brady Arts District. Gallery Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, First Fridays – 1:00pm - 9:00pm. More information about the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa and the Hardesty Arts Center may be found online: http://ahhatulsa.org.
Read more about Ocean of Thought, including a full list of associated programs, online at www.ahhatulsa.org/
Additional artist images available upon request.