Muse: The Annual ‘Professor’s Picks’ Installation at Cinnabar
June 2, 2016 6:30 pm - July 21, 2016 9:00 pm
CINNABAR is pleased to present “MUSE,” opening Thursday, May 12th and on view through Saturday, July 21st.
An evolution of Cinnabar’s annual “Professors’ Picks” installation, “Muse” explores the connections between artists who have inspired one another. Three separate chains of inspiration each center on three art professors who chose one of their muses and one of their own students to exhibit their work in tandem.
Christie Blizard, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, merges painting and drawing in her social engagement and performance pieces. Her most recent work includes stills taken during Good Morning America broadcasts in which Blizard can be seen among the spectators holding up sardonic or humorous text paintings. She uses the context of the broadcast to question the fabrication of the news media and to transform the television show into an aesthetic experience for the viewer.
Blizard selected Craig Dongoski, currently a professor at Georgia State University, as her muse. Dongoski’s drawings are connected visually and conceptually to both geologic time and sound waves. The intricate, obsessively drawn lines form meditative circles and wavelengths reminiscent of spectrographic measurements; they are even meant to be translated into sound.
Blizard also chose one of her previous students, Hiromi Stringer, who has made a series of diptych drawings of sculptures of the Greek gods surrounded by feline companions. She uses the amusing theme of cats scratching their sculpted owners to explore the intricacies of the English language – e.g., one drawing reads, “My cat only scratched my arm today,” while another laments, “My cat scratched my only arm today”!
Justin Boyd is a sound artist who is currently the Chair of the Sculpture and Integrated Media Studio at the Southwest School of Art. He often uses video as a medium, as it has the unique ability to unite the senses of sound and sight. Boyd strives to create sounds that fill certain objects, exhibition spaces, or even outdoor settings.
Boyd’s muse is Steve Reynolds, an acclaimed ceramicist who spent most of his life searching for ways to break free from the traditional concept of ceramics. Reynolds was one of the first to show that clay can be used just as well as paint to evoke aesthetic experiences. His passion for clay inspired many young artists at the various universities where he taught, including the University of Texas – Pan American, Texas Tech University, and the University of Wisconsin.
Boyd chose Ethan Gonzalez, one of his students at the Southwest School of Art, to be included in this exhibition as well. This is the first year that the SSA is offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and Gonzalez is currently a sophomore in this program. He enjoys working with ceramics, sculpture, and paint, and his work tends to incorporate kitsch phenomena and the theme of disembodied voices.
Benjamin McVey, a professor at Northwest Vista College and the University of Texas at San Antonio, will be exhibiting subtle paper cut-outs with graphite and metallic or textured paint. His love for minimal backgrounds and color can be seen throughout his mesmerizing spatial representations on paper.
McVey’s muse is Fred Sandback, whose work is on loan at Cinnabar courtesy of Lawrence Markey Gallery. Sandback was an influential minimalist and concept-based sculptor. His often room-sized works are largely textile-based, and he liked to think of them as drawings that could be inhabited.
Halina Haider participated in one of McVey’s art classes at UTSA as a sophomore and created a striking saari made solely out of cardboard and hot glue for an assignment. She incorporated several types of cardboard and various different textures to accurately represent the traditional designs and details of Pakistani clothing.