Edith Baker Art Scholarship Exhibition
Sep 4- Oct 3, 2010 … presented by Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free
Opening reception for Edith Baker Art Scholarship Juried Exhibition with Dallas County Community College District.
Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Boulevard in Irving.
The DADA Scholarship Committee juried the 14 finalists chosen by visual art faculty members of the Dallas County Community College District. The winner receives $4,000, a mentorship and an internship with a DADA member of his or her choice.
Below… photos by Zach Montoya and prints by Robert Reedy.
About Robert David Reedy:
My art is an amalgamation. I feel that my work is best described as an exploration of materials and mediums. I am driven by a variety of influences and techniques in which one explorative experiment leads me towards new concepts of direction within my work. I maintain a strong process oriented studio practice where in all mediums from oils, ceramics, printmaking, and multimedia tend to inform one another; deriving a synthesis of technique.
I am currently working with digital imaging and silkscreen processes to complete multiple series that investigate past and future archetypes, myth, and pop-culture belief structures. Video has also become important to my creative process. I am becoming highly entranced by the idea of experiential art forms where in the art itself is not tangible and can only be experienced. Video is allowing me to shape and mold these fleeting moments of experience into an editable expression of time and space. Within these contexts I am playing with ideas concerning altered views of reality where in meaning is derived through transitions of perception. My current video work depicts internalized conflicts as well as project based documentations.
Over the last six months I have been experimenting with sound art. I have joined forces with a few artist peers and have formed a sound art group called Binary Sound Machine. We have performed our improvisational soundscapes at multiple venues including: the Balcony Club, the Winedale Tavern, Mighty Fine Arts, and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Binary Sound Machine has also recently been awarded the Meet the Composer grant in which the funding will be utilized for public outreach workshops that demonstrate creative processes utilizing currently available technology. A performance by Binary Sound Machine will conclude these scheduled event workshops and is to be held and sponsored by the McKinney Avenue Contemporary on October 22nd and 23rd. My work with Binary Sound Machine has in turn led me to form a smaller collaboration of new media artists called Orchestra Out Of Tune in which sound, video, and scripted performance are utilized. Orchestra Out Of Tune will be performing in their first public performance at the Logo Vista Gallery at Richland College on August 25th.
I am currently an enrolled student at both Richland College and the University of Texas at Dallas. I have received an Associates of Arts degree from Richland College where I am an active member of Phi Theta Kappa and a contributing member of the Art Club. I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas where I anticipate graduation within the class of 2012. A Masters of Fine Arts Degree is certainly in my future plans though I wish to work within a commercial design career path before attaining my MFA. I am interested in the shifting tides of marketing as it drifts exponentially towards digital media and further away from television, radio, and print. I feel that I am situated within a unique point in this digital revolution and desire to make contributions towards its fruition.
About Zachariah Montoya:
I, Zachariah Montoya am a photographer, a poet, a drawer, a painter, a calligrapher, and a tattooist. In other words, I am an artist. I am both an amateur and a professional, I pursue the arts with passion and when I can, I make my living doing so. Originally from El Paso, TX I had the fortune of being raised in a multicultural world thus gaining more than one perspective about everything, including art. What it is, what it means, how it can be interpreted and how to use it as a tool to express myself.
Influenced and inspired by a myriad of artists from Michelangelo and Van Eyck to Patrick DeMarchelier and Art Wolfe. I quite rapidly evolved into an artist of many disciplines, using the various techniques and styles I love to help spur me into my own world of art and creativity.
At the age of 19 I moved to Canada briefly and joined a small circle of artists who called themselves The Loop Society, and began to experience another culture and perspective, which opened my eyes yet again to the power of art. Now seeing that art is a breaker of barriers and understanding that it knows no limitations, I pursued travel with the intention of sharing life and art with anyone and everyone.
Continually traveling I soaked in all that I could from the artists around me, from graffiti artists to sidewalk chalk artists. Spending time in Albany, NY, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Seattle, WA, San Diego, CA, Kansas City, MO, Tampa, FL and now Dallas, TX. I have allowed the beauty of the world to awe me time and time again, and desire to share that with others. In my quest to share I have been blessed to show my art and photography in numerous galleries throughout The United States and Canada. I have had my works published in 5 books and a number of newspapers.
My other real passion in life is helping children. One of the great desires in my heart is to attain funds through my art in order to aid orphanages and medical clinics in Third World countries and would like to run a local free studio that children can come to and express themselves creatively. I have volunteered with several ministries in Juarez, Chih, Mexico that did relief work and look forward to doing so again.
:::: Press Release from DADA ::::
Presents Edith Baker Art Scholarship Exhibition
Featuring Visual Art Students of DCCCD
Sept. 24, 2010 at Irving Arts Center
The Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) 25th anniversary festivities begin with a reception for the winner of DADA’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund on Friday, September 24, 6–8 p.m., at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard. The DADA Scholarship Committee juried the seven finalists chosen by visual art faculty members of the Dallas County Community College District. The winner, who will be announced that evening, will receive $4,000, a mentorship, and an internship with a DADA member of his or her choice. The reception is free. The exhibition runs Sept. 4-Oct. 3, 2010. Call 214-914-1099 for more information, or visit http://www.dallasartdealers.org/artscholarship.php.
The finalists are Francisco Alvarado and Brain Hauser of Brookhaven, Suzan Hawkins and Mary Thomas of Cedar Valley, Thien Ho and Antony Sarelli of Eastfield, Gonzalo Trujillo and Caitlin Ramsey of Mountain View, Christopher Gonzalez and Pavlina Panova of North Lake, Zachariah Montoya and Robert David Reedy of Richland, and Raymond Butler and Janet Aguire of El Centro.
ABOUT THE EDITH BAKER ART SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUND
In celebration of its 20th anniversary in 2005, the Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) created the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, honoring the respected owner and director of The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas. One of DADA’s founding members, Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. The Edith Baker Art Scholarship benefits a student pursuing study of the visual arts through a cash award and career development activities such as a gallery show, a mentorship, and an internship. Proceeds from individual donations, annual DADA events, and collection jars at each DADA member location support the Edith Baker Art Scholarship, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit www.dallasartdealers.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ABOUT THE IRVING ARTS CENTER
The performing and fine arts community in Irving welcomed a new home in 1990 with the completion of the Irving Arts Center. The Arts Center’s 10-acre complex, nestled in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth, features two fully equipped theaters; four galleries; meeting, classroom, reception and rehearsal facilities; and a verdant sculpture garden. The Arts Center – a department of the City of Irving – was designed to accommodate a wide range of cultural and civic needs. Visit http://www.irvingartscenter.com for more information.
Robert David Reedy
“The Critical Mass of 99 Monkeys”
Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College
June- Aug 25, 2010
Closing Reception: Wednesday, August 25th from 12-1 p.m.
Robert David Reedy, a current student of Richland College Art Department, displays his 99 art works developed around the image of a monkey skull. Taking his cues from pop iconography, Warhol, contemporary advertising, Marshall McLuhan, and Walter Benjamin’s text “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” Reedy displays a work that challenges and posits fascinitating cultural commentary.
Reedy’s use of a stencil to create the imagery causes a faux mechanical similarity, yet Reedy alters the colors providing a distinct uniqueness to each image. While the content may be disturbing it tends to become subjugated to the overall aesthetic of stylized pattern and color when one views the entire piece. The idea that the grotesque and powerful may be relegated to pattern due to sheer quantity challenges notions of social responsibilty in the face of stimulus overload.
Reedy will also perform the latest incarnation of “Pyramid Schemes” during the closing reception utilizing video projection, synthesizers, and vocals. The performance promises to be fast and intense as Reedy investigates issues of power within a social context.