Archive for December, 2010

Katherine Liontas-Warren exhibiting at Oklahoma State Capitol

Katherine Liontas-Warren (1983 MFA in Printmaking) has an exhibition of her work in the North Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capital through  through February 20, 2011.  The exhibition, which opened on December 20th, is titled, A Time of Protection: Lithographs and Drawings by Katherine Liontas-Warren.  A complete write-up about Liontas-Warren and the exhibition can be found on the Oklahoma Arts Council blog-site.

"A Regional Search," pastel on paper, 30 x 40 inches.

Mark Collop in Two Dallas Exhibits

Mark Collop (2004 BFA in Painting; MFA from TWU in 2007) currently has exhibitions of his work in two Dallas art venues.  At 500x he is presenting “Hunters Welcome” while at the Dallas Contemporary his video piece, “Dog Fetch” is being presented on a continuous loop.

Installation view of "Hunters Welcome" at 500x Gallery, Dallas.

Collop calls “Hunters Welcome” a collaboration with non-artists, since the work came out of a hunting trip he took not long ago with his dad and two buddies.  The installation consists of five elements, installed in what is called the Upstairs Project Room.  On the north wall there is a sculpture of a very tall deer blind; it faces a video presentation (not shown on photo above) of deer grazing on the deer lease – a video which Collop calls “deer porn” and which he produced under “art direction” by his non-artist collaborators.   At the center on the floor, the two red glitter “piñatas” represent the testicles of a wild boar that one of the hunters killed and later castrated.  According to Collop the testicles represent gusto, machismo, the masculine, virility or fertility, which to an extent is what hunting embodies.

Collop on left with blackbuck trophy kill; on right the homage to the Blackbuck.

The main purpose of this particular hunting expedition was to kill the elusive blackbuck (Krishna Mrigam),  a species of antelope indigenous to India, Nepal and Pakistan, but now introduced into the Texas Hill Country where Collop and company were hunting.  A tribute to the blackbuck is painted (under “art direction”) directly onto the west wall, with a “Christ of the Prickly Pears” painted and installed on the opposite wall.  Collop, while shown posing with the killed blackbuck, was not the successful shooter of the prize.  “Hunters Welcome” at 500x continues through January 9, 2011.

Philip Monaghan to Exhibit New Work at New York University

Philip Monaghan is a 1976 Texas Tech alumnus of the BFA in Studio Art painting program (1979 MFA from Pratt).  Philip will have an exhibition of new paintings at New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections beginning January 26, 2011.  The exhibition, titled “At Moments Like These He Feels Furthest Away,” will present 54 paintings representing Monaghan’s response to the Tim Dlugos poem, “Gilligan’s Island.”  Dlugos was a central figure among the young downtown New York poetry scene of the 1970s and 1980s.

IN FRONT OF THE SKIPPER’S HUT, 18”x 24,” oil on canvas.

We recently staged an e-mail interview with Philip to catch up on his career and art practice.

TTU: I read in the NYU blog posting about your  upcoming exhibition that you only “returned to painting in 2004.”  Perhaps you could give us a quick sketch of your career trajectory from 1976 when you graduated from Texas Tech through your decision to return to painting fulltime.

PM:  When I left Texas Tech in 1976, my intention was to pursue an MFA and teach. I decided on Pratt Institute in Brooklyn after visiting New York; I am a Pratt legacy through my family; I was born outside the city and spent my early years in the suburbs of NYC. So I was coming home. I spent much of my time during Graduate School at Studio 54 rather than the painting studio. I did however manage to paint up a show and get my MFA thesis accepted. New York in the late seventies was a unique creative place; rents were low, the city was bankrupt, and everyone was under-employed. Somehow I talked my way into a job as an art director in the fashion industry. I was fortunate to work with great talents in my various jobs over the next twenty years. And I worked on some great projects. But I stopped doing my own work. In 2001 I left my job for health reasons. As part of my recovery I began to do some watercolor. The next thing I knew I found a little studio and was painting in oils again.