Artist Talk: Marylyn Dintenfass on Making Public Art

Marylyn Dintenfass is known for her paintings, drawings and monotypes that feature energetic, abstract shapes, imagery inspired, she says on her Web site, by her "lifelong love affair with automobiles, especially the culturally iconic, high-powered, sporty sexy muscle cars that streamed out of Detroit from the late 1950's to the mid-1970's."

At the Caroline Collective Friday, Dintenfass will present and discuss a new book, Parallel Park, about her huge site-specific installation of the same name that she completed at the county courthouse parking structure in Fort Myers, Florida.

The book documents the development of the project from plans to execution, with a narrative sequence of artworks enlarged and printed on 30,000 square feet of Kevlar and hung on a framework that surrounds the parking structure.

The work is an example of public art done well, energizing public space, adopting familiar forms but deploying them in startling new ways. We're hoping the Houston Arts Alliance can find a good model here for making new works that justify themselves against the common criticisms about public art.

The monograph is for sale at the reading, and Dintenfass will sign copies. With your purchase, you also get a ticket to the Fine Arts Fair, which continues Saturday and Sunday. Babcock Gallery NYC is one of the exhibitors at the fair and will be showing one of Dintenfass's sculptures there. The book talk takes place at the Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline St., on Friday, September 16, 7-9 p.m.

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