HALO AMOK an interactive puppet installation by Wayne White, is the sixth installment of the New Frontiers Series for Contemporary Art. Wayne White considers himself an “artistic shape shifter.” He has had a remarkably diverse career working as a cartoonist, illustrator, animator, puppet designer, production designer for film and television, performer, and visual artist.
For the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, White was commissioned to create an ephemeral, site-specific installation. While in residency at the Museum, he designed and directed the large-scale puppet installations he describes as a “cubist cowboy rodeo.” He began the installation by creating more than fifty cubist and rodeo inspired drawings and paintings. Meanwhile, White and a crew of artists and craftspeople helped to assemble the movable sculptures out of wood, cardboard, glue, Styrofoam, mechanical parts, and paint. Visitors will be able to activate each of the three interactive puppet figures—a rodeo bull rider, bronc rider and calf roper—by pulling on the ropes.