On February 18th, the Oklahoma City Science Museum had a free art exhibit called “Sole Expression” in which they showcased art pieces related to shoes. It was small, but rather interesting and they served free snacks and beverages.
Local OKC artist Gayle Curry with her shoe artwork! She was a lovely woman to talk to. (Website)
“Ophelia” (from the collection L’Amour) by Amber Ambrose Aurele stood out the most for me. The shoe has a porcelain heel and is made of latex-embossed print with a human hair extension. It makes me think of ponies (and tzimisce for you Vampire LARP fans). (Website)
I dig the feathers, Amber!
Amber has a lot of shoes…
“Building New Worlds” by, local OKC sculptor and painter, Kjelshus Collins was my favorite of the exhibit. It’s so pretty! It looks like something you might see in an Anime. (Twitter)
“Traveling Through The Redwood Forests” by Klair Larason. I know it’s just a shoe in the woods, but for some reason, I really liked it. It was one of those pieces that I pondered for a little while and I believe it was about expressing her journey.
“If I Leave Before You” by Alyson Atchison (Twitter). Again, I’m not sure why I like this “old shoe in the grass” kind of art but I do. The dollhouse and lady were cool too, but I was digging the shoe more. Maybe it’s the weird side of me, maybe it’s the artist in me, either way I find it charming.
“King Flamingo”, “Untitled” (the duck), “The Crow Shoe”, “The Ant King”, and “Juno” by Costa Magarakis (website) appealed to my Alice In Wonderland fascination. I had seen “The Crow Shoe” from the crow side, which was pretty cool by itself, and then as I panned around I saw the skeleton side and was delighted. “The Ant King” was weird and creative and I liked that one a lot too. “Juno” was the strangest in my opinion.
There was a wall of fairy tale works that was pretty neat too. They had “The Red Shoe”, “The Elves, The Shoemaker”, “Hop O’ My Thumb”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Puss In Boots” and Cinderella.
I don’t know who to credit for these tin foil sculptures, but they were cute. I liked the spider but didn’t get a good shot of them. The lighting wasn’t great for taking pictures, especially for a non-pro such as myself. Here’s a few shots that I managed to get.
“The Happy Hippo” by Nick Bayer (Website). I thought that little hippo was so hideous and then I saw the bigger more beautiful hippo! Obviously, the scarier hippo was created by the artist at a young age and this is a display of how far his art has developed since then. The bigger one is really cute and I like it a lot… although I don’t see a shoe in this. I would wear hippo slippers though!
“Col-lec-tion” by Liza Snook and Charlotte Visser (Website) was a big eye catcher for me. At first, I saw these simple rainbow pieces on the wall but when I got up close, I noticed that they were all created using tiny doll shoes! It was simple but creative and it must have been fun to do. It was fun to examine each one, seeing what shoes they used and how they arranged them to create the shapes. HOW CUTE!
Speaking of simple and creative, I got a real kick out of “Cardboard Shoes 1-4” by Mark O’Brien (UK Artist). I’ve occasionally build things out of cardboard (ahh the life of a cosplayer and artist) and it’s fun to do! Seriously, check out his (Blog), it’s super creative!
“Digital Yeezy 750 Boost” by Gabriel Dishaw. As a technician and nerd, I got a real giggle out of these shoes! He used circuit boards, data cables, leather and braided steelwire and other upcycled materials. Upcycle means to reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original. He has some nerdy stuff on his (Website) that you should check out!
Sadly, I did not catch the name of the piece or the artist here, but it’s a really nice galaxy theme!
“Flora”, “Walk Through Fire”, “Fabula Rasa”, and “All The Little People Who Got Me Here” by Hugh Meade (Facebook). The Flora shoe, to me, has an oriental flare that I like. I could see cosplaying in something like that. The lego shoe is cute and appeals to my nerdy side.
“Anatolian Fiber Shoes – Cariklar Collection” by Suhandan Ozay Demirkan (Website) She an artist from Turkey.
Unfortunately, I did not catch the info card on these shoes. They kind of look like something an elf or gnome might wear. I think they are cute.
“Silver Cream” and “Watergreen Weed” by Zita Attalai (Facebook). I didn’t catch the name of that third shoe – my apologies!
“Untitled” by Kim Camp (Facebook). She used coaxial cable, rope, and ski boots. I didn’t get it.
I’m not sure what the brown shoes were called but the black ones are “Alligator Loafers” by Paige Sorrell (Facebook). It was nice to see some actual shoes at the exhibit. Leather working is an art form in of itself.
And then there was art on the walls…..