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Beverly Penn / Michael Salter

January 23 – March 4, 2006

Reception, Friday, January 27, 6 – 8:30 PM

Beverly Penn
Beverly Penn
Twelve Months Time (Pittisporum)
bronze, glass, brass, steel, rubber
36”l x 12”w x 6”d

Beverly Penn's sculptures begin with delicate plant materials cast in bronze. By combining these organic forms with geometric glass rods, architectural components and scientific-looking mounting devices, she takes them beyond simple representation of nature to a commentary on constructed environments and mediated experience. Her work exudes a mysterious, poetic quality despite the conflicting materiality, enticing the viewer to investigate their meaning further. Penn received her M.F.A. at SUNY, New Paltz, New York (1989). She lives in Austin, Texas and is Professor of Art and Design at Texas State University, San Marcos. Since 1983 her sculpture has been exhibited throughout the United States in galleries and museums, through public art projects, and in publicly and privately commissioned installations. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; the Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX and many others.

Michael Salter
Michael Salter
Styrobot
Styrofoam
dimensions variable
(approx 20’ tall)

Michael Salter describes his work as being an attempt to slow down, sort through and respond to the visual culture surrounding, and sometimes, overwhelming us all. A self proclaimed "obsessive observer" he culls through the avalanche of mass media and corporate branding to find poignant, absurd and baffling pieces which become part of his work. His colorful and humorous installations incorporate elements from product and toy design, to kinetic sculpture, drawings, logotypes, signage and Styrofoam robots. Salter is an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He received his M.F.A. (1994) in studio art from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His artwork has been exhibited in Berlin, New York, London, Amsterdam, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, Atlanta and Chicago. In 2004 he had his first major museum solo exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In association with the exhibition, the artists will each present an hour-long slide lecture about their work in the Fine Arts Building auditorium (room 148). Michael Salter is scheduled for Thursday, January 26 at 12:30 pm and Beverly Penn will present on Wednesday, February 22 beginning at 12 noon.."

In association with the exhibition, the artists will each present an hour-long slide lecture about their work in the Fine Arts Building auditorium (room 148). Michael Salter is scheduled for Thursday, January 26 at 12:30 pm and Beverly Penn will present on Wednesday, February 22 beginning at 12 noon.

All events are free and open to the public..

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

For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143, or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658 www.uta.edu/gallery.

The 2005-2006 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, and Hilton Arlington.


 

 

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