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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Brazos Gallery is presenting an exhibit by Wayne Loucas titled “Vietnam Discovered” May 3-June 7 for the Richland College community. There will be an opening reception for this photography show from 7-9 p.m. May 3.
For more information, visit https://rlc5.dcccd.edu/gallery/richland-galleries/about/.
HFPA and Brazos Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition FOTOTEXAS: People, Places, and Culture, a juried exhibition of photography from the Texas Photographic Society. The exhibition opens today and will be on exhibit in Brazos gallery through Nov. 11. There will be a reception Friday, Oct. 21 from 7-9 p.m. in Brazos Gallery. The guest juror Dan Burkholder will be attending the reception and talking about the work along with officials from the Texas Photographic Society. Please join us Friday evening. Students are welcome as always, refreshments will be provided.
To learn more about the exhibition visit Texas Photographic Society.
The Dallas County Community College District is proud to present the SEVEN Exhibition, which opens on Wed., April 8, at Dallas City Hall. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will hold a press conference that day at 12 p.m. to announce the opening of Dallas Arts Week, scheduled April 8-15.
Faculty and students from the art departments at all seven colleges in DCCCD’s system – Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland – were invited to participate and create a work of temporary public art by the City of Dallas. The temporary public art installation will be displayed throughout Dallas Arts Week and until June 5.
“All DCCCD colleges are committed to excellence in the arts, and this exhibition is a demonstration of the talents of its students and the exceptional level of instruction by its faculty,” said John Spriggins, gallery director at Richland College. Spriggins and Michael Valderas, gallery director at Mountain View College, conceived the idea for SEVEN.
“We envisioned faculty and students working together, teaching and learning. As a partner in this project, the City of Dallas has agreed to allow us to use City Hall as the exhibition space,” added Spriggins.
The mission of the SEVEN exhibition is to:
- Educate students about public art and career opportunities associated with creating art for public spaces.
- Serve as an educational tool for the public who may not be familiar with art.
- Develop a relationship with the City of Dallas for future exhibitions.
“We believe that art has the ability to empower, educate, and inspire the community, and what better way to reach the community than to place art in public spaces,” said Spriggins.
What: SEVEN Exhibition Temporary Public Art Installation and Exhibition.
Who: Presented by Dallas County Community College District
When: Reception 11:30 a.m., Press Conference at 12p.m. on Wed., April 8; exhibition ends June 5, 2015
Where: Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas TX 75201
Cost: FREE and open to the public
For more information, contact Spriggins at Richland College by phone at 972-238-6339 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Valderas at Mountain View College by phone at 214-860-3649 or by email at email@example.com.