Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/rss.php en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Fall 2014 University Closings: Thanksgiving Holiday http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220356841?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220356841?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Thursday, Nov 27 - Saturday, Nov 29 ]]> Behind Closed Doors http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411271?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220411271?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Oct 24 - Friday, Dec 12 Location: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor Gallery .

Opening reception: October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

A camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.

               Susan Sontag

Behind Closed Doors; Art made in secret; away from observers, reporters, or intruders, usually in a closed room. Done in private. Work that leaves the viewer feeling voyeuristic. Images that are emotionally difficult, off-putting, unresolved, or in a space that is entirely too personal, often painfully so. Off-limits.

Portraits that embody the characters psyche that can lead to extreme forms, but can also act as a sort of catharsis. Visual images that are seedy in extremities

In this exhibition the viewer is being givin a privileged view behind closed doors adding a voyeuristic feel to the images. It’s as if an eye can roam onto images made not to be seen. The work will focus on video, digital photography and sculptural installation. Artists such as Francis Bagley, Hillary Holsonback and Danielle Georgiou will be featured.

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Ruben Nieto: Paintings http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220414680?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220414680?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Oct 24 - Friday, Dec 12 Location: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building, first floor gallery.

Opening reception: October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Ruben Nieto’s exposure to comic books in his youth has left an indelible impression on him and, by proxy, on everyone who views his current paintings. His work has an impact greater than the sum of its fragmented, reconstituted parts, including the unorthodox process by which the paintings are made. Nieto digitally “shreds” and reassembles images taken from comic books, then sends the electronic files to academically trained artists at the Beijing Academy in China, who paint the images on canvas. The paintings are returned to the United States, where Nieto applies the finishing touches. If this sounds like a solution for art making particular to the climate of late post modernist irony in the early twenty-first century, it is worth noting that Baroque artists working in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries such as Peter Paul Rubens had legions of studio assistants painting major and minor figures and background details for their huge paintings of battle and hunting scenes. 

Nieto’s work is influenced by all the Pop Art antecedents one would expect, the most obvious being Roy Lichtenstein. But, in a way that could only be done by an individual looking at American popular culture from the vantage point of growing up in another country, Nieto places his fragmented comic book–derived imagery in compositions influenced by Abstract Expressionism. The result resembles comic book tableau homages to major mid-twentieth century artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and Clyfford Still. The titles of Neito’s work humorously reflect these influences, sometimes slyly referencing pictorial problems faced by members of the aforementioned group. By contrast, twentieth-century Italian artist and poet Domenico “Mimmo” Rotella is not usually mentioned in conjunction with Nieto’s work. But Rotella physically fragmented and collaged posters and the paper from billboards, resulting in images similar to Nieto’s work. By the time Pop Art was beginning to be embraced in the United States in the early- to mid-1960s, Rotella was already deconstructing similar imagery. 

Although Nieto’s paintings only hint at narrative, he refuses to eschew it entirely. As viewers attempt to find it, however, they realize that by simply prompting them to engage in this activity, the painting is already accomplishing what good paintings do. 

© Eugene Binder 2014 

 

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Draftsman of the Apocalypse curated by Heyd Fontenot http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220414585?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220414585?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Saturday, Nov 1 - Saturday, Dec 13 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 8 - 10 pm  

Hosted by CentralTrak, this exhibition depicts both observational and visionary illustration in order to conjure images of mankind’s eventual doom.  Everyday life is frightening enough and current news supplies documentarians with more than enough ammunition.  For the fantasist artist, religion, folklore and cinema are ready to inspire and steer the topic toward the macabre.  Perhaps these visions are offered to the public in the form of cautionary premonition and sermon: “Beware!  Change your wicked ways or be forever damned in this misery”.  Or in the vein of slasher films and the Theatre Guignol, the narratives and visuals provide entertainment and vicarious thrill without a solid moral lesson.  Regardless of purpose or politic, humans have a fascination with “end of times” and this exhibition should provoke a quickened pulse along with a few uneasy chuckles.

In this gathering of contemporary art with a focus on blight and its inherent horrors, we have both the “observer” and the “visionary”.  Simeen Farhat and Annabel Daou have witnessed violence and military unrest in their respective home countries of Pakistan and Lebanon.  Both artists utilize script in an abstraction of war but also as a tool of poetic reportage.  While stateside, artist Thor Johnson who has survived a number of unfortunate physical attacks, retells his trauma in crude sculptural figurative tableaux and drawings.   El Franco Lee is a historical painter and storyteller, rendering images that pull back the veil on America’s “melting pot” myth and point to injustices endured by our African-American citizenry.  Joachim West’s obsessive drawings are deliciously neurotic, with themes often volleying between erotic and abhorrent.  Similarly, the well-known gallerist David Quadrini’s little-known/seldom-shown paintings arouse both lust and an impulse to flee.  Clay Stinett’s compositions and color schemes adhere to the “more is more” adage.  Stinett mines popular culture and recognizable characters to create Frankenstein-ian blasts of visual information, which makes for overwhelming delight due to his enormous skills and enviable energy.  A comical edge tints the work of Alex Paulus, who also revels in the horrific:  suicides, tragedies, mutant and otherwise unrecognizable humanoids in a palettes reserved for birthday parties.

 

A series of Tete a Tete talks will be presented throughout the run of the exhibition featuring artists whose work will be presented in “Draftsmen of the Apocalypse.”   These talks are designed to give CentralTrak’s audience the rare opportunity to hear artists in intimate conversation with a peer of their choosing.  Please visit www.centraltrak.com for dates and times.

  

Bio

Heyd Fontenot, Director of CentralTrak, is a practicing artist, an arts administrator, curator, and was most recently honored with a Mastermind Award from the Dallas Observer. He is active in the local and statewide contemporary art scenes, participating in a variety of panels and acting as a guest juror for exhibitions and awards. He has held engagements with the Dallas Business Council for the Arts, Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida), The University of Maryland, Rhodes College (Memphis, Tennessee), the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and sits of the selection committee for the Moss-Chumley award, an artist's grant through the Meadows Museum at SMU. His paintings and video work have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and recently showcased in a traveling mid-career survey at Rollins College, The University of Maryland and Allegheny College.

 

Artists: Simeen Farhat, Annabel Daou, Thor Johnson, El Franco Lee, Joachim West, David Quadrini, Clay Stinett and Alex Paulus.

 

ABOUT CENTRALTRAK

 

CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts.  As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.  While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.

 

CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION

CentralTrak

Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.

Admission: Free

 

Visit our Website at www.CentralTrak.com for more information

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Tea Tuesdays with the Galerstein Women's Center http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220408741?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220408741?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Tuesday, Sep 2 - Wednesday, Dec 31
(10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Galerstein Women's Center, SSB 4.300.

Join the Galerstein Women's Center for the Fall 2014 semester on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for refreshing tea starting on September 2, 2014.

Please note: There will be no Tea Tuesdays on October 14, 2014 or November 25, 2014.

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