In a career of over 25 years, Gay Outlaw has examined relationships of sculpture and picture-making, especially photography. She interweaves formal abstraction with 2-D techniques of illusions, opening up possibilities within traditions of artistic production. While respectful of traditional processes—her practice includes educating herself in lesser-known techniques—the artist delights in subverting the expected result. Outlaw realizes her abstract forms in a challenging mix of materials including glass, plastic, felt, and found materials like pencils or rubber hoses; at times, she has employed food in her sculptures. Even as a fan of minimalism, she offers viewers new relationships to formal art, taking them beyond its past rigors. Outlaw’s work has been shown nationally with exhibitions at the Sculpture Center in New York; the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach; Mills College; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art; and San Francisco MOMA, where she received the SECA Award. Her artworks are in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, SFMOMA and the Berkeley Art Museum.