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Photo/Media Art from UT Arlington
Brazos Gallery – Richland College
February 8, 2013 – March 1, 2013
Reception: February 9, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Phantom Switchback 118
Brazos Gallery – Richland College
December 20, 2012 – February 1, 2013
Reception: January 31, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
San Marcos, TX based visual artist JD Durham will be exhibiting a new group of abstract paintings based on impressions that loosely reference the road-scapes and ruined architectures encountered on a recent road trip in west Texas along TX 118.
Please join The Art Foundation for an artist talk and closing reception at Gray Matters Gallery on Thursday, December 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. The talk will feature the artist Richard Patterson, whose alter-egos Jan van Toojerstraap and Marianne Leflange are featured in twain in a series of mock publications and a beautiful sequence of videos. Queens, NY artist Shaun “El C” Leonardo will also speak. Leonardo is known for his art performance roles as a professional luchador, football player, boxer, and dancer, and most recently, a one man play.
The conversations will consider the role of alter-ego and duplicity in art, linking the practice of otherness with physical/conceptual manifestations in art. The Art Foundation members will also be present to address the complexity of the current curated exhibit, twain, which features artist groups, artists working as alter-egos, and the notion of confused authorship and falsity as relevant discourse.
A closing reception will follow the talk.
What: Artist Talk/Closing Reception for The Art Foundation’s “twain”
Where: Gray Matters Gallery,
113 N. Haskell Ave. Dallas, TX, 75226
When: Thursday, Dec. 13th, from 6-8:30
Shaun El. C Leonardo
Fannin Hall, Room, 175 – Richland College
December 11, 2012
Artist Shaun El. C Leonardo will discuss his performative works addressing issues of cultural identity, masculinity, violence and wrestling.
“Through performance… I personify [an] iconography rather than depict its imagery. Performance allows me to surpass the embodiment of a character. By actually transforming myself into the “superman,” I truly experience the psychology and pain involved with representing the hero figure while more closely examining the belief systems and social constructs embedded within ideas of manhood.”
Lee Akins presents:
Hand Building Techniques and Sustainable Studio Practices
Richland College, Fannin Hall
Free and open to the community:
Thursday, November 8:
Friday, November 9:
Saturday, November 10
Views of the Lake
Lago Vista Gallery – Richland College
November 2 – December 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Nov 8, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Richland College is proud to present Cassandra Emswiler. A recent MFA graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas, Cassandra will exhibit new work based on quotidian details, mass production and personal memories.
The artist explains,
“While moving to Lake Texoma over the summer, I gave up my collection of found and store bought flooring tiles. In its place, I’ve begun designing and printing my own tiles, searching for the ideological origins of all the boring and predictable motifs that find their way onto mass produced flooring. These new photographic prints are concerned with how wilderness ends up grafted onto symbolic, orderly space, how an impression of nature is trained to fit within a grid—of a garden, or a bathroom floor—which allows for strangely controlled flourishes and emblems that are part of our collective memory.
Each tile mimics contemporary design trends while directly quoting historical French formal gardens from the 17th and 18th century. Looking at engravings of many of these garden ground plans is like looking at an assortment of flooring tiles from Home Depot.
Beneath the white graphic motifs are snapshots of landscapes, which interest me for their banal qualities and personal significance as documents of lakes I have visited in Texas and Michigan. Designing tiles has become a way for me to quietly combine traces of my own biography and family mythology with my concerns for the public built environment and photography’s relationship to faux veneer building materials.
When I am out on Lake Texoma in my kayak, I dream I am in Rock Harbor off the shores of Isle Royale. In visiting and documenting each of these lakes, they have all become the same place.”
Marshall Thompson, Joy O. Ude
Brazos Gallery: Oct 18- Nov 2
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artist Demo: Wednesday, Oct 24, 2 p.m.
Richland College presents Stitched: Subculture/Subtext featuring Marshall Thompson and Joy O. Ude, Oct. 18-Nov. 2, 2012, in the Brazos Gallery, Richland College. Curated by Anne Lawrence and Victoria DeCuir, Stitched examines the subversion of traditional handcraft techniques to express signifiers of subculture through image and text. The opening reception will be Thurs., Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Marshall Thompson first used counted cross-stitch to evoke the sentimental in Good/Bye, 2000, made for his final participation at the Good/Bad Art Collective space in Denton, Texas. Thompson, known for his use of technology, including circuit bending, combined with a devotion to details when fabricating his sculptures or wall pieces, found in cross-stitch a synthesis of his particular skills and interests. He uses specialized software to draft his cross-stitch patterns, reducing them to images much like those found in 8-bit gaming, then meticulously follows a rigid set of self-imposed standards for the technical execution. Thompson draws on the vocabulary and images of geek subculture, making references to classic comics, elementary school portraits, the Satanic music scare, and television sitcoms. The work is overtly humorous and deliberately sentimental in a way that both acknowledges and disguises the nostalgia and its accompanying sense of loss.
Thompson and others have subverted traditional needlepoint gender and imagery associations. Sometimes called “manbroidery,” there is an entire community online that shares images, tips, and inspiration on flickr, Facebook, and blogs, encouraging every man and woman to take up the needle and stitch their own favorite Sarah Silverman quote.
Joy O. Ude’s work includes embroidered and silkscreened panels that investigate the displacement, misplacement, misspelling, and dispelling of racially ambiguous language and which involve a merging of handcraft, mechanical, and digital techniques. In all of these works, Ude thinks about a sense of identity constructed through language – written as a profile status on Facebook and pieced together using embroidery floss on Nigerian wax fabric – and through a sense of place, which takes the form of written directions screen printed on stitched panels as part of the “Make Yourself at Home” project with fellow University of North Texas graduate student, Delaney Smith.
Ude is motivated by an interest in culturally constructed notions of race and how the language of race is used and misused by both the people whose Facebook status she trolls, but also by the artist, as she picks and chooses phrases and words from those statuses. These snippets are de-contextualized and then painstakingly embroidered on Nigerian wax fabric, loaded with references to the artist’s heritage. Ude explores an affected use of language in a casual and social setting that is mediated by a distance provided by that very context, that is, a faceless digital community where social mores and distinctions are more easily displaced and even perverted. In her work, Ude incorporates not just craft, but also reference to craft through mechanical and digital means, into a conceptually-driven practice that investigates notions of heritage and home, and reflects her understanding of a constructed identity through language and subtext.
Thompson was a member of Good/Bad Art Collective for four years; he received a double B.F.A. in sculpture and metalsmithing from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Notably, he was included in Come Forward: Emerging Art in Texas, at the Dallas Museum of Art and recently debuted his cross-stitch art in Seattle. Thompson works as a microchip layout designer at Texas Instruments. Ude received a BFA in fashion design and is a current MFA candidate at UNT. Currently, her work is included at CraftTexas 2012 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. This summer, she was included in a group graduate student exhibition at Cohn Drennan Contemporary in Dallas.
Slow Measure: for Cornelius
Brazos Gallery: Sept 13- Sept 28
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept 13, 4-6:00 p.m.
Richland College is proud to present Slow Measure: for Cornelius, an installation in the Brazos Gallery by Maryland Institute College of Art professor John Penny. A series of recorded “events,” including several constructions, will occupy the gallery paying homage to mentor and composer Cornelius Cardew. Referencing the space between abstract notation and drawing, Penny’s works will consider drawing as a material record of an action, as a non-autographic other composed of non-standard materials. Please join us at the opening reception for this reconsideration of drawing as constructed events on Thursday, September 13th from 4:00- 6:00 p.m.
Deriving the term “allographic” from Nelson Goodman’s “Languages of Art”, Penny’s works embrace the handling of material and it’s subsequent physical transformation as implied drawing, allowing the acts to convey the genus of idea rather than presenting ideological distillation through standards of traditional drawing. The subtle, conceptually formulated works espouse a formal beauty, often executed with reference to measurement, mark making, and spatial or time consideration.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: John E. Penny has taught sculpture, drawing, fine art, and theoretical studies in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. After graduating from Maidstone College of Art, UK, he then completed his MFA in sculpture, with a minor in drawing, at Ohio State University. In 2003 he received a PhD in theoretical studies from the University of Leeds, UK. Since 1974 he has exhibited work in Australia and Great Britain, and recent work has been exhibited in Baltimore. Occasional writings have been published in Australia, Great Britain and the USA. He currently teaches in the Baltimore area.
More information on Allographic drawing: ALLOGRAPHIC DRAWING synopsis
Shayne Murphy: Transient Space
Lago Vista Gallery: Aug 29-Oct 5
Reception: Wednesday, Aug 29, 4-6:30 p.m.
Richland College presents Transient Space, new works by Shayne Murphy drawing from narrative memory and fragmented logic systems. Utilizing multiple styles within each work Murphy fuses figurative realism with linear abstraction to create mysterious spaces within his paintings. Developed from the distortions in dreams and memory, figures in the work take on a surreal aspect as they navigate the mathematically iconic interiors. Murphy will be responding to the challenge of the curved walls in the Lago Vista Gallery as the works transform into an installation, allowing a complex evolution of illusory perspectival space into physical space.
Murphy, born in Houston, is completing his Masters in Fine Arts in Painting/Drawing from the University of North Texas, Denton. His ability to balance strong design with deft rendering has earned him “Best in Show” from UNT’s Student Art Competition and a purchase award from the Beaumont Art League, as well as inclusion to Craig Head Green’s New Texas Talent 2012.
Oil on canvas, 60″x48″.
Capture the Flag, 2012.
Oil on canvas, 55″x70″.