While many may find themselves familiar with ominous deadlines in their work, graphic artist Corey Fuller willingly set a personal challenge of creating a drawing, design, photograph, doodle or other piece of artwork every day for a year from March 25, 2011 to March 25, 2012.
As a result, Fuller's work has been exhibited across the country in over six locations since the project's inception, including: Space 38|39, New York City; Indiana Wesleyan University; University of Central Oklahoma; Oklahoma Baptist University; Sips Downtown Kafé, Shawnee, OK; and Legacy Bank, Edmond/Spring Creek, OK.
The Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum will display the conglomerate work by Fuller, OBU assistant professor of graphic design, from January 16- April 5, 2014. His exhibit titled, "The Daily Artifact," features 366 "artifacts," all formatted to 12-inch by 18-inch posters. Together, the posters amass a 73-foot wide by 7-and-a-half-foot high wall of art. The opening reception will be free to the public due to sponsorship from Legacy Bank on Thursday, January 16 from 5-7 p.m.
The work is intended to function from afar, examining the wall in its entirety, as well as focusing on a specific poster.
"Hundreds of individual works, in a single compilation, makes for an interesting compression of space and time," Fuller said. "In adjacent posters one might find sarcasm and sincerity, silliness and severity. While the spatial relationship is close, many hours and moods exist between any two works."
Fuller explained how odd it feels to have his work displayed so publicly, considering how much time he spent working in solitude. But, he also said displaying his work in public has been a rewarding experience.
"Each artifact has a story to it, and the most rewarding part of the process has been in getting to talk to people about the project and seeing what stories resonated with them," Fuller said.
Fuller, who joined the OBU faculty in 2009, received the Promising Teacher Award in 2013.
The Promising Teacher Award is presented to a junior faculty member who has taught at OBU less than six years, who has demonstrated outstanding potential as a teacher and who has the characteristics of one who may be a future recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
"It is an honor to have Mr. Fuller's work on display at such a prestigious Oklahoma landmark as the Oklahoma Heritage Museum," Dr. Ken Gabrielse, Dean of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, said. "Thousands of visitors will be able to experience the imagination and artistry of one of our outstanding faculty members and artists in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. God gives each of us a blank canvas for every new day. Corey just decided to create a lasting impression of each of his days for one entire year. He honors God with his gifts."
A full-color book that explains the meaning of every artifact will soon be for sale, according to Fuller. Visit Fuller's website for more information about the upcoming book or for more information about Fuller.