Helen Altman – Firewalls
Helen Altman: Firewalls
July 9 - August 27,2011
For this exhibition, Altman will create an impressive site-specific installation, covering the
Project Gallery walls with over one hundred works of art. The centerpiece of the exhibition will
be an installation of ninety of Altman's extraordinary torch drawings of animals. In addition, the
exhibition will include Altman's wire birds, paintings, and other mixed media works.
Since the early 1990s, Altman's work has featured everyday materials and found objects to
celebrate the beauty of the natural world and to create a moment for contemplation about our
relationship with nature. Her paintings of trees and landscapes find beauty and intrigue in the
commonplace and document our changing experience of the natural world.
With her ongoing series of torch drawings, Altman has become adept at controlling the flame as
she draws with fire on wet paper to create both large and small-scale works of domestic and
exotic animals. Fire and simulated fire have a long history in the artist's works, as Altman uses
it both as a tool for mark making and as a reference to the experience of our natural spaces that
have been ravaged by the recent fires in the western areas of the country.
Altman (b. 1958, Tuscaloosa, Alabama) received a B.F.A. from the University of Alabama in
1981 and an M.A. from the same institution in 1986. Later in 1986, Altman entered the graduate
program at the University of North Texas in Denton and studied with Vernon Fisher until she
earned her M.F.A degree in 1989. Altman's work can be seen in public and private collections
around the country, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the
Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, and the Grace
Museum in Abilene. The artist is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the
Engelhard Award and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Altman currently lives
and works in Fort Worth, Texas.