In the Aftermath of Hurricane, Houston Artist Creates Massive Installation

Orna Feinstein's "Multi-Librium" conceived from thousands of recycled invitations after Hurricane Ike delayed the artist's exhibition

Jul 25, 2012, 17:27 ET from Orna Feinstein

HOUSTON, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- What came as a disappointment to Houston artist Orna Feinstein when Hurricane Ike hit the coast of Texas in September 2008 turned into an idea that grew much larger over time. Feinstein, a mixed media artist specializing in printmaking and sculpture, was scheduled to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Printing History in Houston when Ike arrived. The museum suffered some damage in the gallery and the exhibition was postponed.

"The curator had 2,000 invitation cards that became useless overnight and were on their way to the dumpster", said Feinstein. "I told her to give them to me, and I'll make an installation for the opening reception." That small installation at the museum was the beginning of something bigger today at Box13 ArtSpace.

After four years of collecting and stitching together art invitations, Feinstein completed Multi-Librium. It is an installation made of more than 10,000 recycled art invitations, and measures 606"x 278" (50 feet x 23 feet). It seeks to challenge preconceived notions of the traditional gallery space, delivering an engaging contemporary installation, where the use of space is limited only to the floor. The installation examines and illustrates the concept of equilibrium in which all biological systems co-exist, survive and function, a concept that operates both on a cellular and exterior level. The installation compares, contrasts, and balances art and science, and creates soft tension between the organic and geometric.

The exhibition at Box13 ArtSpace, 6702 Harrisburg, Houston, Texas 77011, is courtesy of Anya Tish Gallery, and will run until August 18th, 2012. An artist talk is scheduled for Saturday, August 11th at 2:00 PM.

About the Artist:

Feinstein is a mixed media artist known for pushing the boundaries of the media. Her two-dimensional and three-dimensional prints, sculptures, and installations are dually unique and experimental. She shows extensively in solo and group exhibitions. Her work is widely collected privately, and publicly. Samples of Feinstein's work are available on her website For more information please e-mail

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