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Eric Eley, Patrick Schneider, and David Willburn

Aug 5th– Aug 26th, 2010
Closing Reception: Thursday, Aug 26th, 2010
from 12-1 p.m. in the Brazos Galelry (C140)

flotsam_1-smallRichland College’s Brazos Gallery is proud to present Modular featuring the art of Eric Eley, Patrick Schneider, and David Willburn. Modular implies an infinite number arrangements resulting from the ability to manipulate modules. Each artist in this exhibition utilizes modules, manipulating the units according to an aesthetic sense, questioning and searching, and ultimately creating a new solution. The exhibition includes a large wall hanging structure built from wood and twine, several exploded architectural drawings, and stitching on fabric forming trapezoidal units derived from and overlaying natural shapes. The artists will give a gallery talk on this fascinating exhibition from 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2010Modular will remain on display from August 5 through August 26, 2010.

patrick schneider_HouseOnAshTreeLane2_editModular presents three views exploring the possibility of mathematical and architectural discourse. The works engage a form of structure and space, alternately questioning and disproving the truth of established logic. The works become a personal exploration under the guise of architectural inquiry as the works reveal nuances and narratives alluding to personal space.

minor_arch2_1-smaThe Brazos Gallery, located in Crockett room 140 on the Richland College campus, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For viewing outside of these hours please contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards. Modular and all associated events are free and open to the public.

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Eric Eley, born in 1976, has recently moved to the Dallas area from Seattle where he received his MFA from the University of Washington. Eley’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally in Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Switzerland. Most recently Eley had solo exhibitions at the Platform Gallery in Seattle and Hamburg, Germany while participating in group shows in Cologne, Germany; Vancouver, Washington and Basel, Switzerland. www.ericeley.com

Patrick Schneider, born in 1984, received his MFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Schneider’s current work documents architectural space by exploding the architecture to a point where each space is alienated while retaining an integral role in the composition. These spaces are mapped from personal documentation and as choices are made the assumption that a mathematical inquiry would be neutral dissolves as personal decisions and fingerprints are discovered on the surface.

David Willburn, born  in 1970, received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont.  Much of Willburn’s studio practice relates to domestic acts and ideas.  This can be found in much of the imagery he chooses—scenes from Pottery Barn catalogs and of areas within his own home.  His most recent work focuses less on knowable imagery and more on ideas of space, pattern and materials.  The domestic reference, however, remains intact through his use of hand-embroidery and craft materials.  Willburn’s work has been exhibited in New York, Helsinki, Finland, Portland, Oregon and Lubbock, Texas.

“This Would Be a Big To-Do in Georgia,”

Gallery 219 at Eastfield College presents

“This Would Be a Big To-do in Georgia”

works by Jim Burton and David Willburn
September 9 – October 9_ Artist reception: Thursday, October 17, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.



Household furnishings have inherent meaning.  Chairs, tables, lamps, and the various collectibles one may choose for interior decoration are often used to announce taste, style, and sensibility, and often at the peril of economy and functionality.  Used objects–thrift store bargains, roadside detritus, and garage sale finds–possess a different kind of meaning, one that is often forgotten.  In the hands of Jim Burton and David Willburn, these discarded objects hold the potential for new narratives, lending themselves to reexamination.  Chairs, tables, lamps, and figurines are altered in both subtle and peculiar ways.  What may have been once discarded is now repurposed, but for all the wrong reasons.  The old, ugly and outdated is made peculiar, their histories and meanings circumvented and repurposed. 

This is Willburn and Burton’s second exhibition together and their first collaboration.  Their sensibilities merge in this show to represent the sad and sentimental, while keeping an air of whimsy.  Their backgrounds and the current themes in their own work lend bits of sentiment that are at times in harmony, while at others being slightly and uncomfortably out of sync, giving This Would Be a Big To-do in Georgia a rich cultural significance and wit. 

Jim Burton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Valdosta State University, and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas.  David Willburn received his Bachelor and Master of Arts and from Vermont College.  They both live and work in the north Texas Metroplex.

For additional information contact David Willburn at 972-860-7162 or davidwillburn@dcccd.edu.