Hanna Jubran and Heath Matysek-Snyder are two of 11 artists selected to exhibit in the second installment of JCSM’s biennial Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. 

Hanna Jubran

Grimesland, North Carolina

Triad,  2015
Steel and paint


Artist Statement:

Triad is a sculpture created to identify the power of the number three—the moment of counting to three and the number three used by all people to express “Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds” (a phrase referring to the basic tenets of Zoroastrianism, an ancient religion of Greater Iran).

The interplay of elements—form, space, and colors—is seen in a variety of forms as they occur in nature and their relation to the landscape. Between nature, the viewer, and the sculpture, I am condensing time, space, and materials. They are ever-changing.

A house-like sculpture made of firewood, picnic table, desk, tricycle, paint, and steel pipe

Heath Matysek-Snyder

Mechanicsville, Virginia

Komíny-NBS Explore,   2013
Firewood, picnic table, desk, tricycle, paint, and steel pipe


Artist Statement:

Intrigued by the visual patterns and textures of stacked materials, I investigate the bundling, stacking, and clustering of materials into and around forms. This grouping of materials takes shape as furniture, as sculptural installation, and as interior architecture. Over several years I have developed the Komíny series, a body of work that investigates themes of place and identity through the act of stacking firewood.

The Komíny (Czech for “stacks”) that I create incorporate meaningful objects directly into firewood stacks. The embedded artifacts range from books to chairs to tractors, signifying different places, cultures, and histories, depending on the chosen objects and locations.

See more of their work at our Museum Homecoming Tailgate on Friday, October 2, to celebrate the opening of Out of the Box! The community-wide event is open to all ages, and will include sculpture tours, art and family activities, a tiger bounce house for kids, a grand prize giveaway, and delicious food and beverage options from local favorites. Guest artist and juror Willie Cole will announce the three top prizewinners from among the 11 finalists during the event!

Out of the Box is made possible in part with funds provided by Julian Robert Haynes, in memory of Dr. Lucile McGehee Haynes, Grace and David E. Johnson, and the Susan Phillips Educational Gift Fund.
A portion of the finalists’ honoraria for the 11 finalists is supported by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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