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Gay Outlaw
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Mobile Alabama
Gay Outlaw is a sculptor who began working in the photogravure program at Crown Point Press in 1995. (Photogravure is a process in which an image is photographically put onto an intaglio plate, utilizing non-toxic chemicals.) The next year Crown Point issued its first group portfolio, Gravure Group, which included Outlaw’s photogravure print, “Tailing,” 1995 (no. 170 in the exhibition catalogue, Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art ). “Tailing” is a glistening spiral, resembling the scrap of metal or tailing released as a larger piece of metal is machined. The process Outlaw followed to create this work illustrates her use of photography “to study (and) to develop a vocabulary of form.” First, she constructed small objects of carboard and tinfoil, then photographed them with Polaroid negative film from which photogravure plates were made. Outlaw’s photography and sculpture have been exhibited in the Midwest and West since 1990. In June 1995 she completed “Art in the Urban Landscape,” a public sculpture project commissed for Center for the Arts Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. PERSONAL HISTORY: Gay Outlaw was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1959. She lives and works in San Francisco. EDUCATION: Outlaw received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1981, after which she trained as a pastry chef at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris (1981-1982). From 1987 to 1988 she studied at the International Center of Photography in New York.