MSU Billings art show draws attention to climate change effects

2013-10-09T11:00:00Z 2013-10-10T10:53:39Z MSU Billings art show draws attention to climate change effects The Billings Gazette

The Northcutt Steele Gallery at Montana State University Billings welcomes visiting artist Rachel B. Abrams with a public conversation and reception at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Abrams will discuss her ongoing series of sculptural installations and mixed-media works with gallery director Leanne Gilbertson at 4.30 p.m., followed by a catered artist reception. The conversation and reception are free and open to the public.

Abrams’ exhibition, “Distorted Senses of Proportion,” includes sculptural installations and mixed-media drawings and collages, which encourage an awareness of the often-overlooked confrontations of natural and non-natural habitats. Abrams’s primary focus is on how ecosystems and life cycles are affected by climate change. These changes are affected more by the climate than by overpopulation and invasions of new species.

On display are several of Abrams’s “frustrules,” which is the artist’s term for her viral, encroaching clusters of organic forms constructed from recycled foam. Also on display are examples of the artist’s graceful sculptures, collages and mixed-media drawings, which employ a minimalist vocabulary of repeated forms to reflect upon the disruptions and perseverance of ecological systems and the rhythms and cycles of growth.

Abrams lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has had several national solo exhibitions. She received her master’s of fine arts in glass from Alfred University and her bachelor’s of fine arts in studio art from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Northcutt Steele Gallery is located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts building on the MSU Billings campus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information visit www.msubillings.edu/gallery or www.facebook.com/northcuttsteelegallery.

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