March 3 to April 15, 2017
Opening Reception March 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Kerstin Dale recently moved from to Corpus Christi to teach photography at Del Mar College. In addition to photography, she is also proficient in wood sculpture. Dale constructs sculptural representations inspired by the Grand Canyon and Colorado River where she is a rafting guide during the summers. “The river and the canyon, as individual and complementary works of art, drive my aesthetic. Each twist, bend, layer and shade are reflections of the precious, diverse and imperiled land. I see this series as having dual purpose: to honor and celebrate the wild land each piece explores, and to inspire the continued vigilance and dedication of preservation efforts.”
Lenard Brown’s drawings and paintings merge African influences with American man-made objects like meters and road signs. “The use of mechanical objects, African masks, Adinkra symbols and other icons are about the polarity of being an African American in Western society. African art strives to be a functional component in the spiritual well being of people’s lives. Nevertheless, the Western ritual of interacting with parking meters, road signs, and other everyday objects is almost as religious.” Brown is currently teaching at Texas A & M University – Kingsville.
STILL LIFE WITH SAUSAGE
Jack Gron’s metal sculpture reflects his personal observations on current events and issues including politics, pop culture and organized religion. The wall-dependent works in this exhibition include references to everything from professional wrestling to sausage. “I found that satire, and humor served as powerful tools to enable me to present my views manifest through industrial processes and materials.” Jack Gron is Professor of Fine Arts in Sculpture at TAMUCC, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Art for eight years.
Paperglyphic: New Works by Bernardo Diaz
Bernardo Diaz is an educator, administrator, and emerging artist who currently resides in Austin, Texas. Diaz received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in 2011. Diaz has also contributed and participated in various projects with other cultural entities such as the Laredo Center for the Arts, the Art Museum of South Texas, Big Thought, Art & Seek, La Reunion, Art Love Magic, Occupy Dallas, the Latino Cultural Center – Dallas, Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs – Public Art Selection Committee, and was a contributor to the Dallas Pavilion, a tongue-in-cheek exhibition-in-print debuted at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Diaz maintains a solid studio practice and continues to produce paintings, drawings, and collage. Diaz has dedicated his current research to notions of access which feed into projects that vary in execution and application and include discreet conversations, contrived vs. spontaneous social interactions, anonymous installations and interventions, and the exploration of the artist’s role within non-art settings. An essay and images of his work were published in Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies at UCLA.