ARLINGTON - Plane Air, a unique exhibit of sculpture by UT Arlington students, has been installed at Lake Arlington Golf Course, 1516 W. Green Oaks Boulevard, and remains on display through June.
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The 13-sculpture exhibit is sponsored by the city of Arlington, Lake Arlington Golf Course and the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Arlington.
Darryl Lauster, UT Arlington assistant professor of sculpture, said he approached golf course officials with the idea of an exhibit on the course where people would not expect to see it. The exhibit's name is borrowed from the French plein air, which means painting or drawing outside, as in the open air.
Students changed the phrase to "Plane Air," as a nod to the carving tool, a sculptor's plane.
Evonne Sandas, the city's golf director, said her team was "intrigued by the idea of doing something out of the box and exposing our golfers to art. But we really did not know what to expect."
Some of the sculptures are site specific and address the landscape of the course, such as a low wood sculpture in eight parts. The work is heavily coated in polyurethane so that it glitters like diamonds in sunshine. Other pieces are abstract constructions designed to contrast with their environment, such as a huge jellyfish hung from a tree.
The exhibit is the product of a semester's research and creation by students enrolled in Lauster's classes in 3-D Forms and Intermedia. In contrast to painting or sculpting in clay, intermedia work involves making art with less traditional materials. Pieces may include found objects, film, video and performance art, Lauster said.
The venue was inspirational in itself, he said.
"In the studio environment, they typically would be told to create a piece within a limited range of sizes. This project freed them from those kinds of boundaries."
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