The University of Dallas presents a group exhibition Sum of All Parts, featuring a compelling group of work from graduate fine art students in a variety of media. The exhibition showcases work by Genevieve Armstrong, Jamie Gardner, Elizabeth Given, Michelle Cortez Gonzales, Brian Hensen, Natalie Lambert, Denise Lange, Richie Peña and Terri Wilder.
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 reflecting the intense research focus each student undertakes in the studio. The seven artists were each invited to present current work with the option of changing, editing, or reframing the pieces over the course of the display period.
The grotesque body and consumer culture come to a head in colorful woodblocks prints and corresponding ceramics pieces by Brian Henson. The physical vs subjective realms of human experience are explored in the work of Genevieve Armstrong and Natalie Lambert, both use oil on canvas as their primary medium. Lambert uses unprimed canvas and to represent the figure as a vacant or inhabited vessel. Armstrong’s oversized canvases confront the viewer 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 subverting 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 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 by their long flowing nature. In contrast, the yarn in Peña’s small intimate mix-media wall works is crocheted. The act of crocheting, with its tactile repetition, has served as an act of meditation for the artist as he reconnects with spiritual belief and religion using a multilayered approach that centers on an exploration of the symbol of the cross.
The exhibition will run May 10 - July 7, 2019, at the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery with the opening reception on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Haggerty Art Gallery is located at the University of Dallas in the Haggerty Art Village Art History Building, at the corner of Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle.
Reception: Friday May 10, from 6 - 9 p.m.
Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas
Monday - Friday:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
noon to 5 p.m.
Email: [email protected]
University of Dallas
1845 E. Northgate Drive
Irving, TX 75062