Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Burnt Orange art exhibit showcases classic University of Texas colors
The September 30 event is a book launch and video installation.
DALLAS A book launch and two video installations based on his series of paintings, Burnt Orange will be debuted by internationally-recognized artist and Oak Cliff native Jim Lively. He's also a proud Longhorn, and hopes to bring UT fans and art lovers together in the exhibit.
"Whether one associates the colors with the change of season, an alma mater, or simply a well-done extension of nature’s order, I hope to have captured the same richness and enthusiasm this dynamic hue represents; with purpose no longer confined to expected mores," Lively said.
His book Burnt Orange incorporates photographs that relate and interact with the original paintings from his series of paintings, by the same name.
Experimenting with models and different techniques to accomplish an unusual effect, each of the 13 original paintings contained in the book were mounted. Projecting distorted video and complimentary and contrasting colors on each of the paintings, the images are of the paintings exploding in parts by using standard video transition effects.
These photographs have also been integrated into two separate installation pieces. One consists of a looping video featuring the images of the original Burnt Orange paintings from the series completed to date, and images of the models interacting with the paintings. The second piece was rooted to past technology through the using Lively's dad’s old 35mm slide projector rather than 21st century technology. What developed was the looping effect of a video paired with the charm and geniality of watching slides -- much as one might have watched slides of family vacations in the den or basement in the 1960s.
The book launch and video installation debut will be held at Samuel Lynne Galleries, located at 1105 Dragon Street on Thursday, September 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
About Jim Lively
For 25 years just prior to the economic recession, Lively had simultaneously practiced law at EDS in addition to painting. After the company was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 2008, like many professionals during the economic downtown, the forced early retirement led Lively to re-evaluate his career and the next phase of his life.
Although not easy, the obvious choice to pursue his first passion - art full time. Lively has been through the emotional turmoil of redefining and ultimately accepting himself as an artist, after a lifetime in the corporate structure.
The Preston Hollow resident married his high school sweetheart, Karen, an engineer. Lively is the youngest of four sons who grew up in Oak Cliff. He graduated from Carter High School, the University of Texas, and SMU School of Law. His eldest brother is Bill Lively, the former executive director of the Center for Performing Arts and currently head of the North Texas Super Bowl Committee.
Source: Donna Harris
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