Opening Reception: Mending Wall: A Relic of Truth

Terminal 136

February 28, 2019 6:00 pm - February 28, 2019 9:00 pm

Terminal 136 is pleased to present the MFA Thesis Exhibition Mending Wall: A Relic of Truth by Lauren Riojas-Fitzpatrick.  Opening with a reception from 6 – 9pm on Thursday, February 28th, as well as 6 – 9pm Friday, March 1st, the exhibit will be on view through March 16th, 2019.
Lauren Riojas-Fitzpatrick makes art about life, an ever-fluctuating place of joy, anger, and fear, containment and infinity, everything and nothing.  Riojas-Fitzpatrick uses a multidisciplinary approach to creating artwork, often using drawing, painting, collage and site-specific installation as modes of communicating.  In Mending Wall: A Relic of Truth, Riojas-Fitzpatrick uses a gabion wall as a primary source of inspiration.  This type of wall is created by the elemental material of wire manipulated into a cage-like form, that is in turn filled with stones – the wall is permeable by air, water, sight, and sound, yet still evokes a physical barrier.  The gabion wall is a metaphor for the counterintuitive nature in the notion of two separate, distinct sides – that is rather a singular space hinged by a psychological construct.
The subtleties of materiality in Mending Wall: A Relic of Truth highlight the contradictions of existence; such as in the large-scale installation piece Veil, mundane objects that are seemly dense are presented as frail and delicate (much like our very thoughts and convictions) stitched together just enough to stand, but flimsy enough to be ripped apart.
Lauren Riojas-Fitzpatrick (born 1985, Austin, TX) graduated from Texas State University with a BFA in Painting.  She will be completing her MFA in Painting/Drawing from UTSA in May 2019.  Her works have been featured in numerous group exhibitions and has work in the permanent collection of the University of Texas at Tyler, as well as many private collections.  She lives in New Braunfels, Texas.
On view February 16th to March 16th
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 28, 6 – 9pm
Open for First Friday, March 1st, 6 – 9pm
This exhibition is free and open to the public.