UT Dallas Art Students Slated for Busy Weekend of Openings
Sep. 9, 2011
UT Dallas artists have a number of exhibits opening this weekend. Students will be showing their work all over the Dallas area in a variety of settings from McKinney to the Dallas Design District. All the events are free and open to the public.
The gallery reception for the exhibition Social Studies is set for 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the Visual Arts Building on the UT Dallas campus. The show features the photography and video work of 13 UT Dallas graduate students.
The works explore the representation of the human figure through a lens informed by social issues such as: everyday documentation of family life; the value that we place on physical labor; gender conventions that influence youth; our reliance upon pharmaceutical drugs; use of the camera to explore aspects of our identities; reflections on body image; and critique of stereotypes.
The art collective 14+1, a group consisting of 14 current or former UT Dallas students, is making its debut with an exhibit titled HELLO!. The collective is “committed to pursuing the intriguing, possible and impossible within the arts.”
Works will include an interactive dance installation by Danielle Georgiou, who is pursuing a Phd in aesthetic studies. Andy Amato will be showing a series of sculptures made from found objects. Other artists will have pieces in a range of media.
“With the breadth of styles and mediums there will be plenty to experience - what's most impressive is that between the fourteen artists there is still a cohesive show,” said Amato, who finished his doctorate in history of ideas earlier this year.
The show will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at 1130 Dragon St. Suite 110 in the Dallas Design District.
Also on Saturday, a student collective called Solvent will be a part of downtown McKinney’s monthly “Second Saturday Art Walk.” The exhibit will be at the Second Floor Gallery at 221 E. Louisiana St. from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
“By bringing local contemporary artists with fresh ideas into a historic area, we add a sense of artistic diversity to the area and can appeal to a different aesthetic than what is already established in the area,” said Spencer Brown-Pearn, a graduate student in the Arts and Technology program.
In addition to student exhibitions, UT Dallas’ artist residency and gallery CentralTrak is opening its fall season with Liquid Analog, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by visiting artist El Franco Lee II. CentralTrak is located at 800 Exposition Ave. in Deep Ellum.
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