Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery

Sum of All Parts

May 10 - August 1, 2019

Summer UD Graduate Students' Exhibition
Artists: Genevieve Armstrong • Jamie Gardner • Michelle Cortez Gonzales • Brian Hensen • Natalie Lambert • Denise Lange • Richie Peña

Genevieve Armstrong_detail

 

Sum of All Parts is a group exhibition featuring current MA and MFA graduate students at the University of Dallas. The exhibition showcases a diverse range of themes and materials that reflect the intense research each student undertakes in the studio.

The figure features in the majority of works. The grotesque body and consumer culture come to a head in colorful woodblocks prints and corresponding ceramics pieces by Brian Henson. Genevieve Armstrong and Natalie Lambert investigate the physical and subjective realms of human experience using oil on canvas as their primary medium. Lambert utilizes unprimed canvas to represent the figure as a vacant or inhabited vessel. Armstrong’s oversized canvases confront the viewer with an imaginary portrait of herself as a self ordained king with a possum skull for a crown.

Imagination and metamorphosis are also present in the horse and human portraits by Jamie Gardner. Her large oil paintings subvert stereotypical portrayals of the power dynamic between horses and humans by showing the two in a symbiotic like relationship. Michelle Cortez Gonzales uses fabric and resin on her canvases to explore the space between the process of making and remembering. As Gonzales reconstructs a familial history she embellishes and eliminates imagery to highlight the complexities and imperfections of a hazy recollection.

Textiles also feature in the work of Denise Lange and Richie Peña. Large nine foot spiral columns of yarn have been suspended in the gallery by Lange. Her aerial sculptures create dramatic forms in the way the gather, arc, and pool. The pieces represent intergenerational storytelling with the yarn’s long flowing nature. In contrast, the yarn in Peña’s small intimate mix-media wall works is crocheted. The act of crocheting, with it’s tactile repetition, has served as an act of meditation for the artist. Peña’s labored and multilayer approach centers on the symbol of the cross as he reconnects with spiritual belief, religion, and lost traditions through the act of making.

The seven exhibiting artists were invited to present their current work with the option of changing, editing, or reframing their presentations over the course of the display period. Continue to visit over the summer to see the exhibition evolve. 

Hours: Please see Summer Hours 

Where: Beatrice M. Haggerty and Thompson Loggia, University of Dallas. 

 

 

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