Saturday, March 17, 2012

110 Degrees Group Show

Timothy Harding - POW installation -8 x 8 feet
My art review repost of August 2011 show
An intelligently curated artists group show which will no doubt generate great conversation by bringing together a trio of artists out of the University of North Texas hit factory , North Texas locals and a few out of towners.

Three artists coming out of the University of North Texas hit factory is Blayre Stiller, Benjamin Terry, and Giovanni Valderas. These three artists are the testament of the quality art coming out of the Painting and Drawing graduate program. Blayre Stiller’s work consist of realistic charcoal nudes layered into patterns. Stiller’s issues with the body has transformed into beautiful, falling forms interacting in dance. Her charcoal drawings of the figures are almost photographic. Benjamin Terry takes a more cubist approach to his figures. His paintings play with multiple self-portrait perspectives. The paintings use a limited muted color palate that blands out any attempt to create emotional content through color. We are forced to draw our emotional response through the self-portrait rendered figure. A risky move with a powerful payoff. Giovanni Valderas is a man in battle with his mix media paintings. He uses paint, drawing, ripped material, to make hidden images of his family. The sense of lost run deep in these works. As Valderas layers and add to these tattered pieces, you can almost feel him reconstructing what he can salvage from his life and memories.

Other North Texas locals include Timothy Harding, Bonny Leibowitz, and Heidi Lingamfelter. Fort Worth artist Timothy Harding re-images drawing through sculpture. His skillful use of line as 3D shape reinvent itself in every piece he creates. You can feel a theme in his work, but each work feels fresh in his approach. Dallas abstract artist Bonny Leibowitz will be display her encaustic. Fort Worth artist Heidi Lingamfelter will show her mix media of leaves with stark minimal color backgrounds.

Out off towners like Manuel Miranda, Margaret Withers and Kerry Pacillio also grace the show with their abstract work. Margaret Withers’ work shows some fun undefined shapes through her gouache on paper piece. Kerry Pacillio’s industrial minimal piece “Fire and Ice,” contrast will all the works by stripping away forms with pure color painting on an metal structure.

Cohn Drennan Contemporary has laid out a mission, “of partnering Texas artists with national and international artists of compatible sensibilities, and encouraged artists to submit materials for future projects both in Dallas and abroad.” With a powerful statement backing the gallery and shows like “110 Degrees,” I am sure Cohn Drennan Contemporary will continue to be full of surprises.
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