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Lucinda Cobley Exhibit

​​Photograph of 'matrix' installation by Linda Cobley
matrix, 2016 by Lucinda Cobley
acrylic paint and ink, plastic drafting film, mirror film, vellum, nylon netting, mirror,
LED lights, and wood

The O'Kane Gallery begins its spring semester season in its brand new home in the university's new Welcome Center at the corner of Travis and Gerard streets in downtown Houston. The beautifully proportioned, industrial-style space, is nearly three times larger than that of the old one, with higher ceilings, neutral-colored concrete polished floors, and state of the art lighting and technology. The Welcome Center provides easier access to the gallery with ample visitor parking on its first floor directly underneath the gallery. To celebrate its grand opening, local artist Lucinda Cobley created an installation uniquely for the gallery site. Her work, matrix, forms a deep blue horizon line appearing as if it were a large body of water. The painted blue expanse extends 50 feet as it bisects the architectural space between the walls of gallery. On moving closer, different shaped elements appear as if submerged beneath the water surface. Looking down through the translucent surface there are multiple formations of square and rectangular forms sometimes appearing or disappearing from view. As the viewer moves through space transitions occur in the movement between the masses of color and reflections of light.

Photograph of the matrix installation by Linda Cobley
matrix, 2016 by Lucinda Cobley

Inspired by the symbology of nautical charts matrix embodies elements or markers such as broken lines or dashes to signify plotted movements or trajectories through space. Sometimes combined lines may be straight, curved, solid, dashed or dotted. Different rhythms occur and lines appear entangled, while others become blocked or subverted. Broken markers may signal hidden dangers while other lines or blocks of color may indicate zones for safe and unhindered passage. In this three-dimensional version of a navigational chart the content is personal. No map legend is provided, there are no coordinates or any indication of location given, rather it is a space created for individual exploration, contemplation or projection of ideas by the viewer.

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