Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art is pleased to present Tethered Reflections, a collaborative, two person exhibition with works by artists Ender Martos and Jen Pack.
Ender Martos’ latest series draws upon personal memories and sociological distinctions to abstractly narrate his upbringing in South America juxtaposed with his current life in Austin, Texas. Color and translucency recall his childhood and the landscapes of Venezuela, while his methodical process and construction relate to the cultural structure of the United States. Although highly personal, the works welcome the viewer into their story, using reflection to emphasize commonality. Influenced by the Op Art movement, the pieces highlight authorship, belonging, and the eminent influence that perspective has on one’s life.
Jen Pack’s recent work explores the territories of truth, beauty, and identity through the symphonic use of color. Her meticulous construction acts as an assemblage of her own blended cultural identity, an interweaving of harmonious contradictions- delicate and firm, masculine and feminine, energetic and restrained. Pack describes this integral process of discovering authenticity within liminality as intense seeing, and articulates these truths through expressive colors and the sensations they provoke.
Martos earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and has since exhibited in multiple local, national, and international galleries in cities such as Dallas, Austin, Houston, Chicago, Miami, Monterrey, and Mexico City. His art installations have been commissioned by multiple transnational corporations such as Facebook, and he was the regional finalist of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series in SCOPE, Miami FL.
Pack received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in 2008. Reviews of her artwork have appeared in publications such as New American Paintings, ArtWeek, American Craft Magazine, and The Los Angeles Times. Pack has exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and has gallery representation in Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.