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Variable No. 5

by Brunel Faris

Mylar on plexiglas
Dimensions: 30 1/4 x 30 x 1 1/2
Purchased through a National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1972

Variable No. 5 by Brunel Faris

The Artwork

This mixed media piece has been created on sheet metal to serve as a hard surface in which the viewer can rearrange the five inch by five inch components the artist created. Each of the plexiglas tiles which can be rearranged is comprised of olive green and white reflective mylar applied in non-objective compositions.

The Artist

Brunel Faris received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Oklahoma. Faris was a driving force in the Oklahoma City arts community for more than four decades. In addition to his progressive and prolific career as an artist, he also served as an arts administrator at the Oklahoma Science and Arts Foundation and as Professor of Art and Chairman of the Art Department at Oklahoma City University.

Faris was well known for his sensitive drawings as well as his insightful and witty mixed media works including his collages and his 'variables' which allowed the viewer to rearrange elements of an abstract painting through the use of a magnetic board.

Brunel’s work is represented in the collections of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Philbrook Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the Tulsa Performing Art Center.