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The Gallery at UTA Presents: Kana Harada and Ruben Nieto

Kana Harada “Dance With Me” 2011 white foam sheet and mixed media


The Gallery at UTA

The University of Texas at Arlington


Kana Harada and Ruben Nieto

February 20 – March 31, 2012

Reception: Friday, February 24, 6 – 8:30 pm

Gallery talk during reception beginning at 6:30 pm


ARLINGTON-The Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington is presenting a two-person show featuring works by Kana Harada and Ruben Nieto. The exhibition, which runs February 24 through March 31 (closed during Spring Break from March 12-17), features a site-specific sculptural installation by Harada and oil on canvas paintings by Nieto.

Kana Harada’s site-specific installation of suspended organic forms made out of black and white foam and wood creates a tranquil, mystical experience that reflects the artist’s awe of nature. The painstakingly hand cut foam pieces suggest exotic plant-life, yet have an abstract quality that makes the sculptural forms unique and personal. Evoking the “peaceful, serene embrace” of lush forests she has encountered in Japan and across the United States, the work is elegantly calm and contemplative.

Ruben Nieto deconstructs comic books and reformats the imagery and colors to create high energy, expressionistic paintings. The work is intensely visceral and yet it also engages on the conceptual level. Using computer software, he takes images out of their original narrative structure and recontextualize’s them digitally. He then retranslates the work into a more traditional medium using a collaborative process in which he directs a team of assistants to replicate the composition in oil on canvas. Intentionally referencing the idea of Warholian mass production and seriality, Nieto produces works that are at the same time explosively individual.

In association with the exhibition, both artists will discuss their work and creative process in hour-long illustrated lectures. Ruben Nieto will speak on Thursday, March 1 and Kana Harada will speak on Wednesday, March 28. Both talks will take place beginning at 12:30 pm in room 148 in the Fine Arts Building.

The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 5 pm on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX.  For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or visit

The 2011-2012 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, the National Endowment for the Art and Nerwin & Martin.