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.
For questions, contact Charles Coldewey at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6339.
Richland College’s School of Humanities Fine and Performing Arts announces the Fall 2011 Fine Arts Calendar of Events. Highlights for this Fall include a retrospective exhibition of Chuck Sheffield’s work in Theatre presented by Richland Galleries, a new “Professional Artist Series” featuring Dallas’ premier professionals in the field of entertainment, and a full concert calendar with Richland Music.
For daily events, please consult the Google-based calendar conveniently located at the top of the Humanities webpage to provide at-a-glance convenience as well as timely updates for those looking for fine arts opportunities. “Arts News,” an online news room, provides in-depth information about special events and the latest news. Richland Gallery exhibition press releases and information can still be found at the Richland Galleries web page.
- Fall 2011 Arts Calendar – http://www.richlandcollege.edu/temp/fineArtsCalendar.pdf
- Humanities Calendar – http://www.richlandcollege.edu/hfp
- Arts News – http://www.richlandcollege.edu/artsnews
- Richland Galleries – http://www.richlandcollege.edu/gallery
- Recital Series – http://www.richlandcollege.edu/music/recitalseries.php
Richland Music kicks off the Fall 2010 concert series with the Fall Symphonic Concert at 8 p.m., Tues., Oct. 26, in Fannin Performance Hall. Between Oct. 26 and Dec. 2, Richland will present eight evening concerts showcasing the wide range of talents of Richland students and faculty from instrumental to choral. All concerts will be held in Fannin Performance Hall and are free and open to the public.
Richland continues to build a strong presence in the music community. “Richland College is fortunate to have these groups as the only community college in North Texas to have a wind symphony, string orchestra, and chambers groups,” said Derrick Logozzo, Director of Instrumental Music. Other concerts in the series will focus on guitar, brass, choral, jazz, percussion, and student composer performances. “With the introduction of the newly formed Men’s Chorale, the Richland College Choral Department will now present over 100 singers on stage and has become the largest community college choral department in North Texas,” explained Dr. Michael Crawford, Director of Choral Music.
- The Fall Symphonic Concert at 8 p.m., Tues, Oct. 26, will feature performances by Richland Percussion Group, Derrick Logozzo, director; Chamber Woodwinds, Sharon Deuby, director; Chamber Brass, Michael Hayes, director; Chamber Strings, April Kondrat, director; Richland Wind Symphony, Derrick Logozzo, director; and Richland String Ensemble, Dr. Paul Bonneau, director.
- The Fall Guitar and Brass Concert at 8 p.m., Tues., Nov. 2, will feature performances by Richland Guitar Ensemble, Jan Ryberg, director, and Richland Early Brass Ensemble, Michael Hayes, director.
- Jazz @ Richland at 8:00 p.m., Tues., Nov. 9, will feature performances by Jazz Combo, Brad Williams and Ron Jones, directors; Jazz Singers, Dr. Michael Crawford, director; and Jazz Ensemble, Ron Jones, director.
- The Fall Choral Concert at 8 p.m., Fri., Nov. 19, will feature five choral ensembles including: Women’s Chorale, Gospel Choir, Chamber Singers, Jazz Singers, and will introduce the newly formed Men’s Chorale, Dr. Michael Crawford and Boriana Savova, directors.
- The Evening Jazz Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 11, will feature Phares Corder, director, and the Thursday Night Jazz Ensemble performing traditional big band music.
- The Fall Symphonic Concert at 7:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 23, will feature performances by Richland Wind Symphony, Derrick Logozzo, director; and Richland String Ensemble, Dr. Paul Bonneau, director as well as the Richland Percussion Group, Derrick Logozzo, director; Chamber Woodwinds, Sharon Deuby, director; Chamber Brass, Michael Hayes, director; Chamber Strings, April Kondrat, director. The Student Composers Concert at 7:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 30, will feature compositions from the students of Dr. Paul Bonneau.
- The Richland Percussion Group Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 2, is the final concert of the Fall that features performances from the Richland Percussion Group, Derrick Logozzo, director; Keyboard, Fusion, and Concert Percussion Ensembles and Soloists; the Richland Steel Sound Steel Band; and the Richland World Drumming Ensemble, Michael Kenny, director.