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Roots and Ties' features art of former Oklahomans

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Paintings, prints and photographs from Oklahoma artists who have moved out of the state have made the trip back down Route 66 and onto the walls of the Untitled [ArtSpace] gallery for its newest exhibit, "Roots and Ties."

"It's really about bringing these native sons home," said Betsy Barnum, artistic administrator for Untitled. "They've made a name for themselves in L.A., and some of them internationally, and it's a celebration of Oklahoma's own."

But while the artists may live in California, they can't escape their Okie roots.

INFLUENCES
The artwork in the collection represents major movements like abstract, contemporary, pop and conceptual art, and features hints of Oklahoma history and culture.

Sooner State influences in the works include:
" oil derricks,
" twisters and
" subtle American Indian elements.

Barnum said some of the works are older, but many were made specifically for the exhibit, including a painting by Joe Goode called "Black Sheep, Golden Boys."

"It's a photograph that one of the artists took of three of the other artists and it was made into a billboard," Barnum explained. "Then one of the artists took a photograph of the billboard. They're all sort of tied together in this one piece and I think that's really cool."

"Roots and Ties" runs through Dec. 29, and admission is free. For more information, call 815-9995 or visit their site.

"?Lisa Janssen

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