January 17 to February 28, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 6 to 8 pm
ArtWalk: Friday, February 7, 6 to 9 pm
Philana Oliphant: Wingload
Wingload is an exhibition of mixed media works and installations by Philana Oliphant. In her work, Oliphant engages in complex, intricate mark-making and paper-cutting to develop a simple form—the plane, the curve. Her materials are diverse, yet they maintain common aesthetic qualities. Graphite, ink, litho crayon, steel, aluminum, and porcelain interact with Duralar, Yupo, and rag paper. These materials invite formal experimentation that juxtaposes rigidity and delicacy, bold strokes and fine detail. Limiting herself to a black and white palette, Oliphant finishes each work as a stand-alone piece before cutting, combining and layering several works into a 3-dimensional sculptural installation. The result is a gorgeous combination of media, texture and mark-making. “Formally, my work seeks simplicity and balance in the face of confusion.” – Philana Oliphant
Philana Oliphant exhibits her work nationally in group and solo shows. Most recently, her work has appeared in the Texas Biennial, the Solo Show(down) at the Fort Worth Community Art Center, and the Vignette Art Fair in Dallas. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Women in the Arts from the Women’s Foundation of East Texas, and her work is included in several permanent collections, such as the Artist Printmaker Research Collection at Texas Tech University and the Wichita Falls Museum of Art.
Oliphant teaches printmaking and figure drawing at Tyler Junior College, where she serves as gallery director and as the faculty sponsor for the Sex Traffic Awareness and Relief club. She has received the Mattie Alice Scroggin Baker Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives and works in East Texas, where she shares the forest and a studio with her husband James Pace, their poet daughter Aza Pace, and their three dogs.
James R. Pace: tomorrow crossing the river
“tomorrow crossing the river “ by James R. Pace features assemblage sculptures made of discarded materials like furniture, glass, tools, metal, fabric and other found objects. The works incorporate elements of collage, printmaking, drawing, and writing, and include bits of patterns that weave in and out of busted up glass, wood or other materials. The sculptures look a little dangerous, with splintery wood, broken glass or gnarled metals. A recurring theme that runs through the work is the destruction of one thing to create something new or to inspire a new perspective – referencing change, enlightenment, hope or rising from the ashes.
Pace is a CAS Distinguished Professor of Visual Art (ret) at The University of Texas at Tyler where he taught from 1985 to 2018. He holds an MFA from Arizona State University, and a BFA from the University of Oklahoma. Pace was appointed to the Ogé Professorship in Visual Art, the White Fellowship for Excellence In Teaching, was nominated as the Piper Professor, the Regents Fellow, and received the Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and multiple University Research Grants. Pace trained in the Tamarind Summer Printmaking Program, and participated in the International Artist Residency Program in Budapest, Hungary. He continues to serve as juror, lecturer, and visiting artist at museums, galleries, art centers, and universities throughout the states as well as in Germany and Japan.
Pace has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1976 and has received numerous awards for his paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media work. His work is found in collections from Los Angeles to New York, from Paris to Punjab. He maintains an active practice in a studio located in the forest of East Texas, where he lives with his wife, Philana Oliphant, daughter Aza, and their rescued dogs.