Skip to Main Content

Gladys Poorte: Amazon I

Sawyer Yards is proud to announce Amazon I, a new installation by artist Gladys Poorte in the TANK Space at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street. There will be a reception on July 14 from 6-8pm. The exhibition is on view, free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9am - 5pm.

Gladys Poorte’s work process has always included building elaborate models with a variety of materials: paper, board, wood, wire and recycled and found objects. Building these models is a way of three dimensional drawing which Poorte uses as reference for paintings, drawings and photographs. Lately the models have become installations that are exhibited alongside the other work.

“Amazon I” is an installation that was built out of Amazon boxes using deep ocean creatures as reference. These creatures are arranged in an imaginary deep ocean community together with seemingly man-made structures. The work addresses notions of consumerism and its impact on climate change and the environment.

Born in Argentina, Gladys Poorte’s childhood was spent in Buenos Aires. Drawing and making crafts became a very important part of her life from an early age. Gladys obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Argentina in English as a Second Language, a Master’s in Adult Education from Penn State University and later studied Studio Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Gladys has been a full-time artist for over 20 years. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and juried shows as well as public spaces. She currently resides in Houston, Texas.