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Gaspar Enriquez and Joseph Havel

March 19 – April 21

Reception, Friday, March 23, 6p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present an exhibition of work by artists Gaspar Enriquez and Joseph Havel. The exhibition opens Monday, March 19 and runs through Saturday, April 21, 2007. There will be an opening reception from 6 – 8:30 pm on Friday, March 23 with both artists giving brief gallery talks beginning at 6:30 pm.

Gaspar Enriquez
Gaspar Enriquez
Mi Madre Querida
Acrylic on paper
51" x 47"

Gaspar Enriquez, an El Paso native, produces large airbrush paintings that document the Chicano sub-culture in a straightforward, realist style. As Enriquez says in his artist statement, “The images reflect a life style and an attitude dominant in the barrios… the work deals with individuals whose lives have been a part of my environment.” Curator Benito Huerta notes that the portraits are both direct and complex, hinting at an underlying vulnerability beneath the tough surface qualities. The title of this series of paintings, “Una Pagina Mas (One More Page)” refers to the idea that each image is a metaphoric page in a visual novel portraying the Chicano life style that has been passed from one generation to another for over fifty years. Enriquez states that one is born a Mexican American, but one chooses to be a Chicano. The politically charged lifestyle provides an ongoing source of inspiration for Enriquez’s compelling portraits.

Joseph Havel
Joseph Havel
Drinks are boiling. Iced drinks are boiling
Wire, fabric, monofilament

Houston based artist Joseph Havel creates lyrical sculptural works that have been exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States. Perhaps best known for his transformations of everyday fabrics such as shirts, sheets and curtains into elegant bronze constructions, Havel has chosen to exhibit new wire and cloth word sculptures, ‘label paintings’ and a series of 35 drawings that use language as subject andsource in this exhibition. He states, “Spoken word, gossip, song lyrics, and written text from a book of poems … are all filtered idiosyncratically through my imperfect memory and manifested in ways that range from direct and legible to obscured by the musicality.” The resulting ensemble of works comes together to create a dialogue exploring the ethereal and elusive quality of memory based language.

In conjunction with the exhibition, both artists will give illustrated lectures about their work in the Fine Arts Building Auditorium (room 148). Gaspar Enriquez will speak on Thursday, March 22 at 12:30 pm and Joseph Havel will talk on Wednesday, April 11 at 12:00 noon.


All events are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10 - 5 PM, Saturday 12 - 5 PM. Located on the north end, first floor of the UTA Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143,
or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658

The 2006-2007 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, and Hilton Arlington.



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