Pat Musick 25-Year Retrospective Exhibit
On September 10, 2016 Pat Musick will celebrate the opening of a retrospective exhibit at the Sculpture Ranch and Galleries in Johnson City, Texas. Featuring work from the past twenty-five years the show contains twenty-nine sculptures from ten different series, on view until March, 2017. Included in the display are her strong environmental statements that range from Epilogue to Our Fragile Home. Musick, whose large scale work is in over fifty museum and corporate collections in the United States, taught for many years at the University of Houston. She is the author of four books on art, and a prominent lecturer. She is married to Gerald P. Carr, retired NASA astronaut who is now her collaborator and engineer. Their largest sculpture (sixty-five feet) is permanently installed on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. Several of the works they created together are in the retrospective.
Pat’s art has been described by Don Bacigalupi, Founding President
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art .
“Musick’s work has the power to move us, even in these world-weary times.
Within each of her refined constructions, the viewer finds the artist using all
the tools at her disposal to create a sublime recipe…culture and nature, man
and the earth, forever and inextricably linked…for extraordinary beauty.”
The exhibit is curated by Joe Bravo from the San Antonio Museum of Fine Art. The Sculpture Ranch and Galleries is located on the former President L. B. Johnson hunting ranch in a redesigned 8,000 square foot building that served as an airplane hangar.
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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