Introductions 2016 Matt Clark / Gregory Scott Cook / Daneil Garcia
September 6 – October 8, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, Sep 9, 5:30PM–8PM
The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present Introductions 2016, featuring the art work of three recent additions to the full time faculty of the Art & Art History Department: paintings by Matt Clark, mixed media works by Gregory Scott Cook and film/video by Daniel Garcia. Over its thirty—year history, The Gallery has periodically introduced the newest art and design professors through this type of small group exhibition, so that students and the general public have the opportunity to learn about the creative talents in our midst. The three artist/educators showcased this year bring a diverse blend of technical skills, creative energy and conceptual rigor to the local visual art community.
Matt Clark was born in Amarillo, received his M.F.A. in painting from Cranbrook Academy in Michigan and has since lived in London, Los Angeles and Santa Fe before relocating to Dallas in 2009. His abstract paintings, created by multiple layers of oil, acrylic and/or enamel on paper, canvas and panel, record and reflect the history of their making as well as his thoughts about his relationship to place and experience. Surfaces where the paint is scraped, sanded, and spread reveal and obscure prior images — a dynamic process that culminates in works that are a “summation of stops, starts, pauses, beginnings and endings inherent in both life and a creative practice.”
Gregory Scott Cook is a native of western Kentucky who received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. His work in a wide variety of media from printing and drawing to sound and installation work specializes in the creative use of emerging technology. Found documents and real world objects are translated and reconstructed “through digital space and back to become opportunistically formed sculpture or sound, and found objects are observed with totemic importance.” Change through time and distance, reconstitution of the lost and broken, and connection informed by correspondence are recurring themes in his art.
Daniel Garcia a Peruvian—born filmmaker, was educated in Illinois and Ohio where he earned his M.A. from Wheaton College and M.F.A. from Ohio University, Athens before coming to Texas. His films present stories of people at the margins of society and seek to illuminate the theme of the shared “otherness” in all of us. As he states, “Stories of social significance are particularly interesting to me as a Latin American, and I am personally aware of the immense possibilities of and need for socially committed cinema in Latin America and the Latino community in the United States.” His last short film, Pescadora, won several international awards including Best Short Film at the HBO New York Latino Film Festival.
In association with the exhibition, the three artists will discuss their work in hour-long gallery talks in The Gallery at UTA beginning at 12:30 pm on various Thursdays throughout the exhibition. Daniel Garcia will speak on September 8, Gregory Scott Cook on September 22 and Matt Clark on October 6. There will be also be a reception on Friday, September 9 from 5:30 to 8 pm with brief remarks by the artists at 6:30 pm. The exhibition, talks and reception are free and open to the public.
The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public.