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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

J GAVIN HECK

J GAVIN HECK

Artist Work

Those Eyes
07/07
Acrylic
16 x 20
Family Snaps
08/07
Acrylic
16 x 20
Thehappy
08/07
Acrylic
16 x 20
Vote Charlie Funky
11/06
Acyrlic and Spray Paint
5 ft by 8 feet

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I am a storyteller. Though I've no formal training in art, I find there are times when the world seems to need to be reminded of itself, have a light shined somewhere that is ignored, gone dark. As a war orphan my artwork has naturally been shaped by a love of the absurd, the Dadaist, surrealist, butoh and situationist movements that spun naturally from artists' reactions to the insanity of war. The character of my work has evolved, as my exposure to new forms, media and materials has grown. My method is obsessive cataloging and collection of materials about a particular story, to the point of total immersion, the layers of information eventually bubble out into the world. In every room, every pocket, every cell I begin to tell the story, until it is released. The presentation often takes form as parade floats, kinetic sculptures, occasionally I create something with enough resonance for the media to carry that message to the larger sometimes seemingly disconnected stone-casting world. When I told my first stories, they took the form of poems, then short stories, then songs, then plays and now they involve performers, sculptures, sound and text has naturally fallen to a lesser element, encouraging the message to be carried by the more universal language of symbols and movement. Occasionally I return to haiku, cutups, the 1000 word snapshot, to clean my palate, to tell the story of the small moment. Ultimately I will turn the dreams I have upon looking at construction cranes unused on the weekends into storytelling platforms for amazon puppetry, calling and responding from across the waves. Telling simple universal stories of love, loss, redemption and the spaces in between.

Artist Bio

This version only covers for 06 – 07 due to space limitations. 7-10/2007 Run of the Mill Theatre/Theatre Project Balt, MD Sound design for Blood Wedding. 7/2007 Altscape, Load of fun, Balt., MD Created new artwork, Lobster Green Heart for MakeBakeFakeCake show. 6-7/2007 Fluid Movement, Balt., MD Co-Directed and performed in a water ballet at the Patterson Riverside Park Pool 4-5/2007 Theatre Project Balt, MD Sound design for Variations on Justice, authored new play “Snake and Onion” for the series that was produced. 2-3/2007 Solo Show, Joe Squared Restaurant, Balt., MD 16 New works were created/presented for Solo Show (5 sold) 1-5/2007 Art Director/created new kinetic sculpture "Jazz Hand" for the Kinetic Sculpture Race Balt., MD winning “best art” award. 11/2006-1/2007 Cork Gallery Balt., MD Curator, Free This group show. Artist, Free This group show. 6-8/2006 LOF Studios, Balt, MD Co-curator, Transmogrification of Machination group show Artist, Transmogrification of Machination group show 7/2006 Altscape, Load of fun, Balt., MD Wrote, Produced and Performed in RAG A short multimedia performance piece featuring Gavin Heck, Stephen Thomas 6-7/2006 Fluid Movement, Balt., MD Performed as wrestler "Drip Dry Amigo" in a water ballet at the Riverside Park Pool 9/2005-5/2006 Produced, directed a team of artists in production of "2 goats meet on a bridge" for the Kinetic Sculpture Race Balt., MD winning 3 awards.