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Beyond - featuring the works of AK Westerman

  • Graphite 1751 Northwest 16th Street Oklahoma City, OK, 73106 United States (map)

Open Reception is July 9, 2016 from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be on display through July 30, 2016.


With BEYOND, AK Westerman offers a compilation of works designed to incite the imagination and encourage us to embrace a state of amazement and wonder we so often abandon after childhood. Vivid swirls of color and washes of light contrast with furtive, otherworldly creatures wrapped in darkness. Lush landscapes teeming with new life integrate seamlessly with technological and inorganic elements in intricately detailed compositions. Each piece is left deliberately open to interpretation, and invites escape to a world confined only by the limits of our own innovation.


AK’s joy in creating comes from a deep desire to comment on humanity’s place on this earth, and the constant battle between man, nature and technology. She works primarily with acrylics and mixed media within the genres of surrealism, science fiction and fantasy. Each piece is intentionally ambiguous, allowing the viewer to fill in pieces of the story according to their own unique perspective without being unduly influenced by the artist’s personal narrative. Though many of her works are developed on a large scale to create an almost ‘epic’ feel for the viewer, AK often brings her unique visions to hand painted skateboards, musical instruments and even prosthetics. She delights in creating highly detailed pieces with carefully hidden elements that encourage the audience to ‘rediscover’ the work each time it is viewed. The term ‘organic’ is an apt description for both AK’s creative process and her choice of subject matter, as she prefers to let the work take on a life of its own and her subconscious express itself freely and fluidly without preconceptions.