Brazos Gallery will feature “Squares and Strips,” an exhibit by artist Lane Banks, Sept. 30-Oct. 25. This exhibit will showcase paintings of geometric shapes in varying configurations.
This show comprises works from two series that developed more or less simultaneously. One group is Concentric Squares, which has been ongoing for several years, and paintings from this set have been shown numerous times in various venues recently. The other group, Horizontal Stripes, is smaller, with just six altogether. They have not previously been shown. Both groups use only a range of grays and metallic hues, what I have been calling an industrial palette, to distinguish the colors from spectrum or natural hues. They all are hard-edged using straight lines and multiple layers of paint to give the surface an opaque effect that keeps the eye of the viewer on the surface instead of penetrating into an illusionist depth.
The squares are classical in their symmetry and are made up of a series of mathematical relationships and proportions that are determined before the painting is begun. The paintings are conceived as a series of concentric forces compressing toward the center, or conversely, radiating outward from it.
The stripes use a vertical rectangular format that consists of stripes or bands of color of differing widths. The canvas is divided down the center vertically from top to bottom, which contrasts with the horizontal bands in order to reconcile the opposing forces of the two directions. The central divide is conceived as an upward or downward shift in the horizontal movement of the bands, so that the band is broken and disrupted at the midpoint, continuing as a different color and width on the other side of the divide.
These works are abstract rather than abstractions, the difference being that an abstraction is rooted in perception, what the eye can see, and the resulting work is a distillation, reduction or essence of what was observed, regardless of how far removed from its source the work appears to be. An abstraction is therefore dependent upon a subject outside itself for its existence. My abstract works are entirely conceptual, in that they are invented with no reference to anything outside themselves. They are a physical, visual embodiment of an idea that consists of proportions and colors of areas relative to each other and to the framing edge of the painting.
An artist reception will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 22.
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The Brazos Gallery presents “LUX” by Andrew Kochie, with the exhibit being up through July 19. In this exhibit, Andrew pushes the boundaries of refraction and light on hand-etched aluminum panels, which are balanced with works that play with shadow. “LUX” also includes QR Code technology that will reveal stories and thoughts behind the pieces.
Andrew is a Dallas-based visual artist and cultural advocate. His body of work is a synthetic blend between abstract and trompe l’oeil illusion (a flat or painted object that looks three-dimensional), ranging from abstract minimalism to hard-edge geometric abstraction. He is a pioneer in metallic trompe l’oeil.
This summer exhibit will open with an artist talk from 11 a.m.-noon June 19 and a reception from 7-9 p.m. June 21.
For more information, visit https://rlc5.dcccd.edu/gallery/richland-galleries/about/.
Richland College will host Amy Halko, successful Californian ceramicist, to jury the first annual Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation (RACI) show, a new Dallas County Community College District exhibit highlighting ceramics and sculpture.
Ms. Halko also will conduct a three-day workshop as part of the event. The workshop will be at Richland College in Fannin Hall, Room F179 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 7, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 8 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9.
The RACI show will be held April 5-18 at the Janette Kennedy Gallery Southside on Lamar in Dallas. A reception will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on April 8.
Featured work from Dallas County Community College District students in the RACI show will include ceramic and 3D media. The criteria of the RACI show were set up to promote innovation by requiring only 20 percent of the total artwork to be made from clay. Functional and sculptural pieces were considered as long as the pieces displayed innovation in some form.
The RACI show, established in honor of Richland College Art Visiting Scholar Jen Rose, is funded through a DCCCD foundation grant given by an anonymous donor.
Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. Southside on Lamar is located at 1409 S. Lamar St. in Dallas.