Gay Outlaw, who was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1959, began her art career as a photographer. She has turned to sculpture in recent years in order to expand her artistic investigations, bringing them into 3-D. Outlaw creates patterns and optical illusions that give the impression that the surfaces of her sculptures move, their shapes seeming to metamorphose as the viewer moves around the works. Using vernacular materials such as pencils, chalk, or segments of drain hoses filled with plaster, she has produced a series of brilliantly simple works that reveal her fundamental belief in the value of craft. These abstracted forms possess an ornate complexity of surface, yet they take the ordinary shapes of cubes, spheres, and stairs.
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