Troy Woods' newest exhibition at McMurtrey Gallery reveals a visual storyboard that begins with the artists' vision and ends with the viewers' imagination. With impeccable craftsmanship Woods creates poignant examples of contemporary sculpture out of wood and steel that tell a story and reveal a new reality:
"The act of seeing what is real is not an act of pure reality. It is an act of individuality. Our minds twist perceptions to fit our comfort zone. When a group of people witness an event simultaneously they will all describe what they saw differently. Eyewitness statements are often distinctly different and unreliable. The disparity goes up if communication between the viewers is involved. A work of fiction is born and a story is created as the statements of "fact" are written down. The world we have been raised in and our life circumstances guide our thoughts and mold our sight. This forms the basis of the relationship between reality and individual perceptions.
The work in this show is a series of visual clues to the story which inspired their creation. Since the show is displayed in a public environment, the viewer may be exposed to conversations and opinions from others in the gallery. There might even be a brief interlude where the artist is heard commenting on the work. The titles are short statements of indiscriminate facts from a story, left for the viewer to fill in the gaps. The artwork, the titles, and individual perceptions, coalesce in the development of a new, unique story. These stories will be as real as the concepts that inspired the creation of the art.
Art is simply a talisman for the act of creating one's own reality."
Troy Woods has exhibited across Texas and the United States including The Beeville Art Museum, Beevile, TX; J. Cacciola Galleries, New York, NY; Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL; Chicago International Art Expo at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL; Karen Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Mr. Woods has also completed commissions for public and private collections, including Houston Industries Incorporated, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Louisiana Place in downtown Houston.