LSC-Montgomery Presents Modern and Historic Craftsmanship in Relation to Kayaks

Published on: March 25, 2011

A piece from Jason Makepeace's exhibit "Moldable Subtractions"Lone Star College-Montgomery's Center for the Arts presents Jason Makepeace’s exhibit Moldable Subtractions, a three-dimensional exhibit contrasting modern and historic craftsmanship in relation to kayaks. The exhibition runs April 4-29 with an opening art reception on Monday, April 4, at 12 p.m. in the Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery (Building D).

“As an avid kayaker, I find it interesting that the basic design of the canoe and kayak to stay afloat and carry people has not changed over thousands of years. What has changed is the process by which these kayaks are crafted,” said Makepeace. “This new series of drawings and sculptures explore the relationship between new and old technology and how craftsmanship maintains itself even when the base materials change.”

The exhibit references the sleek modern design of today’s kayaks while at the same time acknowledging the history of how kayaks started—being hewn from a tree and shaped accordingly. Each sculpture is carved out of a single log with the exposed, carved section representing the modern day kayak. This series includes drawings that are a mixture of traditional techniques with modern day convenience—using images of manufactured kayaks with color pencil and graphite.

Jason Makepeace holds an master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Houston (2002) and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the College of Charleston (1997). He currently teaches at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

The Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery is a teaching gallery used for the instruction of students at LSC-Montgomery. The presentations and artwork provided are free to the community The gallery is open Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
For information about the arts at LSC-Montgomery, visit www.LoneStar.edu/arts-montgomery.htm or call Denise Meyers, art program coordinator for LSC-Montgomery, at 936.273.7021.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
 
With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for spring 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.