Tertium Quid at Helmholz Gallery Before Journey to NASA Collection
Tertium Quid Deries
On November 28 Lisa Helmholz and the Helmholz Gallery in Manchester Center hosted an exhibition of Pat Musick’s series Tertium Quid. The showing was a farewell to the artwork before it journeys to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to join the NASA Permanent Collection which includes such names as Warhol and Rauschenberg.
The series was created in 1970, eight years before Pat met and married her husband, Jerry Carr, Commander of Skylab 4. The large shaped canvases were a response to the American attempt to put a man on the moon and to answer the question Pat was asking, “What would we look like physically, emotionally and spiritually as we spent longer and longer time in outer space?”
Pat and Jerry did a presentation for about 100 guests at the Gallery and Carr showed a videotape of his mission which took place in 1973-74. The stretched canvases were made for Pat by her first husband, Jack Musick, then head coach of football at Cornell University. Photo of the series by Mindy Musick King. Photo of the Gallery presentation by Andrew McKeever.
About Pat Musick
For all of my life (since I was four), I have made art. Using my hands to create artwork is a privilege and a joy. If the art has a sense of peace...a zen feeling, then I have succeeded in my desire to make work that is harmonious and whole.
In order to achieve that goal, the art must be experienced. This website will provide that encounter and introduces you to my sculpture, paintings and drawings that span a forty year period. You will be able to see from whence I came, the changes over time and where I am going today. There has been much growth. I began as a painter and transitioned to wall sculpture, then free standing works. Over the years, I have retained my interest in two dimensions by making works on paper. The art moved from expressionistic to abstract to conceptual and has undergone a steady reduction to simpler elements and media.
The materials I use are stone, steel, wood, canvas and kozo paper and beeswax. Stone, wood, and beeswax reflect the natural world and steel, canvas and paper, the human. My artistic goal is to express the relationship between mankind and the environment and the tensions we exert upon each other. I search for resolution and reconciliation. I find it in the process of rebirth and renewal. From the natural world process of regeneration, I have learned that from adversity comes the chance for new beginnings.
I make both large and small, indoor and outdoor sculpture and works on paper. My work is represented in the permanent collections of over fifty museums and public spaces in the country. I have MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University and I am the author of four books.
I am represented by MK Fine Arts, Andover, New Hampshire, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont and in the Fall, 2011 The Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
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